Part One: Doctrine

Chapter Two: The Godhead (pg 6 of 29)


Chapter 2. THE GODHEAD

               a. General. The Bible teaches that there is only one true and living God; and that there is a Trinity of distinct persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and yet these are not three, but one God.

               b. Proof Scriptures. The primary proof scriptures regarding the Trinity of persons in the Godhead include the following:

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  

               c.            The Trinity. "Trinity" simply means threefold or three. The three Persons of the Godhead are:

i.             The "Father"

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
ii.            The "Son"
John 20:31 Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;...
iii.           The "Holy Ghost"
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
d.           The Living God. God is a true and living God, and not as the dead "gods" which exist only in the imaginations of men:

Leviticus 19:4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God.

1 Corinthians 8:4-6 ...we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God... .  

               e. Consistency of Scripture. The Bible is consistent on all subjects, and thus it consistently speaks of the Godhead consisting of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Examples of additional scriptures that declare the existence of the Trinity include the following:

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... .

Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:

Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou are my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever:

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.  

               f. The Trinity and Salvation. The beauty of the Trinity is obvious when considering the subject of eternal salvation. The Bible discloses that each Person of the Godhead has a distinct part in the work of eternal salvation. The scriptures teaching the distinct covenant work of each Person of the Godhead in the eternal salvation of the Lord's children are the following:
i.             God the Father choose a people to be saved for heaven and gave them to his Son:

Ephesians 1:4-5 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, ... Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself ... .

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

ii.            God the Son died on the cross and gave himself to cleanse in his own blood and eternally save those that God the Father had given to him:

John 17:1-2 These words spake Jesus, ..., Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

Revelation 1:5-6 Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen  

iii.           God the Holy Spirit applies the blood of Christ to each of those for whom Christ died:
John 6:63 It is the Spirit that quickeneth;

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

1 John 1:7 ...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.