By Crawford D. Coon
Conflicting reports concerning the Godhead from many denominations abound in our day. Our only alternative in the matter is to turn to the Word of God for the proper answer. Since recorded history began, paganism has been the rule of many religions as man seeks to understand and know God. We desperately need a Bible answer concerning the Godhead, in order to exalt Him to His rightful position.
Christians will receive some of their greatest opposition from religious circles when they begin to exalt Christ to His rightful position. Because of the popular acceptance of the Trinitarian doctrine when you declare from the Bible there is only one God, opposition can be your lot. Researching the doctrine of the Godhead is important to all who want to be saved.
America has a widespread acceptance of the teaching of the Trinity, meaning there are three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead which are co-equal, co-eternal, and coexistent. Other parts of the world have other concepts of their God or Gods. Our individual responsibility toward God requires us to properly identify our object of worship. Paul declares that “…The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1.20) Since we are inexcusable concerning His Godhead it behooves us to study and understand it properly.
Types of Belief about God
The following four definitions cover every religious belief world-wide in relation to their God or Gods:
- Polytheist – This is one who believes in many Gods.
- Monotheist – This is one who believes in one God.
- Atheist – This is one who doesn’t believe in any God.
- Trinitarian – This is one who believes in three Gods. 149
Jewish people, from Abraham’s day until now, are monotheistic in their belief. Although they believe in one God, they deny that God manifest Himself in Jesus Christ, thereby denying the deity of Jesus Christ. God’s Word teaches us: (1) that Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, meaning God with us (Matthew 1:23). (2) That Jesus was God manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16; John 1:1-14). (3) That God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself (II Corinthians 5:19). May this marvelous truth be revealed to the Jewish community and all who deny that Jesus Christ is the one and only true God.
Old Testament Teaching about God
Conclusive and undeniable teachings abound in the Old Testament that there is only one God. Hundreds of Scriptures bear witness to the truth of the oneness of God. Space prohibits listing them all therefore only a few references will be given. Personal research is a must on the Godhead; I challenge you to the task.
- Deuteronomy 6:4
- Exodus 3:13-14; Isaiah 43:10-25
- Isaiah 41:4; Revelation 1:17; 22:13
- Isaiah 44:6-8
- Isaiah 45:5-7, 18, 21-23
- Malachi 2:10
- Zechariah 14:9
- Isaiah 9:6
- Isaiah 46:9-10
- Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1-6
The late C.P. Kilgore, a famous pioneer Pentecostal minister, compiled a comparative tract about the Godhead, revealing from the Scripture that Jesus Christ of the New Testament is the God of the Old Testament. This tract continues to be printed by the Pentecostal Publishing House, 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO. 63042. Study this compilation of comparative scripture that so forcefully proves the true identity of Jesus Christ.
New Testament Teaching about God
God, who never changes (Malachi 3:6), did not change His substance, nature, and essence in the New Testament. God manifesting Himself in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16), doesn’t indicate in any way that the Godhead was comprised of a plurality of persons, at or previous to, the New Testament era. Coinciding with the Old Testament, these New Testament scriptures proved beyond doubt there is only one God.
- John 1:1-4
- II Corinthians 5:19
- I Timothy 3:16
- John 8:24, 58
- Mark 12:28-34
- Ephesians 4:5
- John 14:6-11
- I Corinthians 8:4-6
- Matthew 23:9
- I Timothy 2:5
- Philippians 2:5-11
- Colossians 2:8-10
- James 2:19
- I John 5:7-8
- Revelation 4:2
- Revelation 1:8, 18
Numerous direct statements other than these verify the oneness of God in Christ. Men today struggle with Christ’s deity just as they did when He declared that He was before Abraham; that Abraham saw Him and rejoiced (John 8:56-59; Genesis 18:1-22). Jesus’ statement to Nicodemus was equally confounding as He declared Himself to be in heaven and on earth simultaneously (John 3:13). Paul informs us that Christ was the rock that followed Israel in the wilderness (I Corinthians 10:4).
Truths of this nature confuse those who don’t understand the Godhead. God can be fathomed and comprehended so much so that we are without excuse concerning His eternal power and Godhead (Romans 1:20). Quit trying to make three distinct, separate persons into one. Accept the Word of the Lord, that there is only one God, and one person in the Godhead, which is Jesus Christ.
God’s Word teaches us what God is:
- God is a Spirit (John 4:24).
- God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
- God is love (I John 4:8).
- God is light (I John 1:5).
God, who is a Spirit, moved on the virgin Mary, causing her to conceive and bring forth Jesus Christ. God, who is invisible, inhabited, and dwelt in the body or person of Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:15-19; 2:8-10; Philippians 2:5-10), fully, completely, and entirely. Jesus Christ in His flesh or humanity was the Son of God and Son of man simultaneously. The flesh was not God, only what God manifested Himself in (I Timothy 3:16). Jesus was not a new God, another God, or the second person of the Godhead, He was God. Jehovah God of the Old Testament manifested Himself in the person of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. No change, variation, or variableness existed because of this manifestation.
It is essential for us to believe that Jesus is the I AM or we will die in our sins (John 8:24). Study all three parts of our study on the Godhead for a better understanding of the subject.
This article “The Godhead (Part I)” was excerpted from: Christian Development Course – A Reason of the Hope Vol. 1 by Crawford D. Coon. Copyright 1987. It may be used for study & research purposes only