The Godhead

The term ‘trinity’ does not appear in scripture, but the concept does. Paul said of Jesus, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9). This phrase is understood best in light of three in the Godhead rather than some people’s view of one God who presents himself in three personalities.

In his letter to the Colossians Paul emphasized the three of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father and Son are referenced throughout the epistle. Of the Son, Jesus the Christ, Paul says he created all things. The description of Jesus is the description of deity. The Father and Son share the same essence, and the Son is the image of the invisible God (1:15). All these details are given to Paul by revelation, through inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-15).

Other passages also emphasize the Godhead, the three persons which are all three deity. At his baptism Jesus had come up from the water when the Spirit descended upon him from heaven and the Father spoke from heaven (Matt. 3:15-17). There are three distinct ‘persons’ of the Godhead. They are, however, perfectly joined together in purpose and action. The unity of the Godhead we cannot fully understand from human experience but know it through revelation given by God.

It is important to note that while there are three of the Godhead, there are no more than three. There is never a hint in scripture of a ‘fourth’. Of other entities described as divine by men, Paul said they are nothing (1 Cor. 8:4-6).

The three are seen in the creation week, when God said “let us make man in our image” (Gen. 1:26). In the New Testament we have a full explanation of the three, and in the final chapter of the last book of the New Testament collection the three of the Godhead are mentioned (Rev. 22:16-21).

Any who deny this teaching are not of God. Do not accept them as faithful and have no participation with them. John said to not even give them greeting (2 John 10, 11).

Also consider: Matt. 28:19; Eph. 4:4; 2 Cor. 13:12.

Greg Weston

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