God’s family, or the church, is referred to as sons of God, or being begotten of God. This specifically highlights our spiritual relationship with God and in no way refers to a natural birth process such as that of Jesus Christ. It is through this means we are established as brethren in Christ (II Corinthians 6:18; I Peter 1:22-25; I John 3:1; Philippians 2:15).
By Crawford D. Coon
A brief survey was made in Part I of some basic scriptural truths pertaining to the Godhead. Now we will examine some specific terms and titles relative to our study.
Confusion about the Godhead stems from the inability to differentiate between a MANIFESTATION of God, and the PERSON of God. God was MANIFEST in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16). Jesus Christ in the flesh is the express image of His PERSON (Hebrews 1:3). God spoke in divers manners in the past, but has chosen to speak to us in these last days by His Son, who is the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Taught, and widely accepted in America, is the concept of three distinct persons in the Godhead. Such a concept is predicated upon the teaching that there is a person of the Father, a person of the Son, and a person of the Holy Ghost. These persons being co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent, form the Godhead. Proponents of this teaching affirm that although there are three persons in the Godhead, there is only one God. Such terminology is confusing both intellectually and scripturally. God’s Word, rather than tradition, must be the final authority on such important matters.
Examining every manifestation of God in the Bible would be impossible at this time, but it is important for us to study the more basic ones. Open your heart as you open your Bible to study our Great God.
In reference to God this word is used in two separate, easily distinguishable, ways.
- As the Creator or Father of all mankind and creation, God is properly called our Father. When we pray and address God as, “…Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9), or when He is referred to as our, “…Heavenly Father…” (Matthew 6:26, 32), it is used in this sense. God, eternal, and never changing is the father of all creation and mankind in that He is the fountain head and source from which all mankind and creation came.
- All Christendom agrees to the scriptural truth that He (God, or Holy Ghost), is the Father of Jesus Christ. Because the Holy Ghost moved on the virgin Mary, causing her to conceive and bring forth the Son of God (Jesus Christ), this automatically established God, who is the Holy Ghost, as a Father (Matthew 1:18-25). Jesus Christ is the ONLY BEGOTTEN Son of God (John 3:16). God has no other son that is begotten – born or procreated – of a woman. Jesus Christ is the only offspring of God through the process of conception, development, and physical birth.