The Godhead by George Parsley

July 11, 2016 - One of the more difficult or confusing topics of the Bible is the Godhead. The diagram provided helps to illustrate how the Godhead works. 

The Father, Son and the Holt Spirit all posses the qualities of God but are three distinct and individual people. For example Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matt. 28:19). By Jesus' statement what we have are three distinct individuals with equal authority, for that is what in the name of means (Ac. 4:7; Col. 3:17).

Another example of this is given at the baptism of Jesus. “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased' (Matt. 3:16-17). We have the Son being baptized, the Spirit descending and the Father speaking. Three very distinct entities all doing separate things. So if we go back to the diagram we can see that the Father is not Son. The Son is not the Father.

Neither is the Father or Son the Spirit and the Spirit is neither the Father or Son. Just like in a marriage, the man and woman become one flesh but they are still individual people. So is the Godhead, it is made up of three individual people but yet is still one “God” or godhead.

We also see the powers of “God” in all three. In the beginning God created (Gen. 1:1). And yet the Father said it was the Son who “laid the foundations” (Heb. 1:10) and Job said that the Spirit had formed him (Job 33:4) and it was said that God knows us before birth (Jer. 1:5; Psm. 139:15-16).

We also can find that all three know the unknown. For it was the Spirit that knew Ananias lied (Ac. 5:3- 4). Jesus knew what was in the hearts of men (Mk. 2:8). And the Father knew of the sin of Achan and David (Josh. 7:11; 2 Sam. 12:7-12).

All three are also eternal. The Spirit is eternal (Heb. 9:14). The Son is eternal (Jn. 1:1; 1 Tim. 1:17). And the Father is eternal (Dt. 33:27).

All three are also involved with salvation (Matt. 28:19). The Spirit baptizes us into the body/church (1 Cor. 12:13) and seals us (Eph. 1:13). The blood of Jesus cleanses us (Rev. 1:5) and we are baptized into Him (Gal. 3:27). And the Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing and predestined us to adoption (Eph. 1:3,5).

So what we have with the Godhead is three distinct individuals who are equal with power, knowledge and they are all eternal. Each member of the Godhead has their own specific role to perform.

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