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The Godhead. baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19. Why Study the Godhead?. Because we must instruct others about the proper nature of deity (Mt. 22:41-46)

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the godhead

The Godhead

baptizing them into the name of

the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:19

why study the godhead
Why Study the Godhead?
  • Because we must instruct others about the proper nature of deity (Mt. 22:41-46)
  • Because we must answer error concerning the proper nature of deity (1 Jn. 4:1-3)
  • Because we must study what the Bible says about the Godhead (Mt. 28:19; Lk. 1:35; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; Tit. 3:4-6; 1 Pet. 1:2; Jude 20-21; Rev. 1:4-5)
defining the godhead
Defining the Godhead

English term: the word “Trinity” (three-in-one) is not in the Bible, but the doctrine is (“Bible” is not in the Bible)

Hebrew term: “God” (El and Elohim) = strength; mighty

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Defining the Godhead

Greek terms:

“God” (theos) = the person of God (Mt. 1:23; etc.)

“Godhead” or “Divine” (theios) = the quality of deity, divine (Ac. 17:29; 2 Pet. 1:3,4)

“Godhead” (theotees) = the essence of deity (Col. 2:9)

“Divinity” (theiotees) = the attribute of deity (Rom. 1:20)

three truths about the godhead
Three Truths About the Godhead

1. Unity: one Godhead (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:5; Jas. 2:19)

2. Individuality: one Godhead in three persons ; one deity made up of three persons just like one humanity made up of many persons (Lk. 3:21-22; Jn. 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:14; Acts 7:55-56)

3. Divinity: three persons who are fully divine, same in nature and essence; like H20 as a solid, liquid and vapor, or the sun as light, heat, and energy: the Father is “God” divine (1 Cor. 1:3); the Son is “God” divine (Jn. 1:1; Heb. 1:8); the H.S. is “God” divine (Ac. 5:3-4)

the godhead denials of these three truths
The GodheadDenials of These Three Truths

Denials of the unity of the Godhead (Polytheism, Tritheism, Mormonism)

Denials of the individuality of the Godhead (Gnosticism, Monarchianism, Sabellianism, Marcellianism, United Pentecostals, “Jesus Only” or “Oneness” Pentecostals)

Denials of the divinity of the Godhead (Subordinationism, Arianism, J.W.s, Unitarians)

works of the godhead
Creation (Gen.1:1-2)

Confounding (Gen. 11:7)

Incarnation (Lk. 1:35)

Identification (Mt. 3:16-17)

Redemption (Tit. 3:4-6)

Propitiation (Heb. 9:14)

Resurrection (Rom. 8:11)

Inspiration (Jn. 15:26)

Delegation (Jn. 20:21-22)

Confirmation (Acts 10:38)

Sanctification (Jude 20-21)

Benediction (2 Cor. 13:14)

Works of the Godhead
the godhead answering an argument
The GodheadAnswering An Argument

“The Bible says God is ‘one’ (Deut. 6:4)”

Answer: “One” is often used in passages to refer to unity, not the numeral one (see Mt. 19:5-6; Acts 4:32; 1 Cor. 3:8; 6:16; Eph. 2:14). Deuteronomy 6:4 teaches that members of the Godhead are united, not that God is one (singular) person

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The GodheadAnswering An Argument

“The Bible says God and Jesus are ‘one’ (Jn. 10:30)”

Answer: If the Father and Jesus are the same person, then the following words of Jesus make no sense: Mt. 24:36; 26:42; 27:46; Lk. 23:46; Jn. 4:34; 6:38-39; 8:17-18,42; 14:26,28; 20:21-22; Acts 1:4-5

practical lessons from the godhead
Practical Lessons from the Godhead
  • All three created us, (Gen. 1:1-2,26-27; Jn. 1:1-3), so we should be honored (Psa. 8:4-5)
  • All three sustain us , so we should be thankful (Ac. 17:25; Col. 1:17; Psa. 104:30)
  • All three desire our salvation, so we should be obedient (Tit. 3:3-4; Mt. 28:19)
  • All three work together in unity, so we should be unified (Jn. 17:11,21; Eph. 4:3-6)