Christian Churches of God

No. 193z




Introduction to the Godhead


(Edition 1.0 19970417-19970417)

The Godhead has been deliberately obscured by traditional Christianity. This paper shows as clearly and simply as possible what the Bible says about the Godhead.




Christian Churches of God





(Copyright ã 1997 Erica Cox, Ed. Wade Cox)

(Summary by Willard Boettcher, Ed. Wade Cox)


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Introduction to the Godhead

It is impossible to worship God unless we understand who God is. The only way to know God is to study the Bible and live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Mat. 4:4).

God, the Father

There is only one true God (Deut. 4:35-39; cf. also Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:8, 45:5-6).

We know that Christ and his disciples taught that God is one (Jn. 5:44; Mark 12:32; Eph. 4:6; 1Tim. 1:17).

It is clear in John 17:3 that there is One True God and that Jesus Christ is His son whom He (God) sent. Our eternal life depends on our understanding this.

We are talking here of two entirely separate beings with entirely different positions. Christ acts on behalf of God and at the direction of God (Jn. 1:18, 5:30).

Words for God, and for that being who acted for Him, carrying the authority of God, were generally translated with the same word, God.

Worship of God

Exodus 20:2-3 points out we must worship only God.

In Matthew 4:10 Christ reinforced that we must worship God only.

We know that God is the Creator (Ps. 124:8; Acts 14:15), that He alone is immortal (Ps. 90:2; 1Tim. 6:16). He is all knowing (Isa. 42:9; Rom. 11:33-34) and He does not change (Mal. 3:6).

Name of God

Elohim is the plural Hebrew word, which has been translated as God. Eloah is the singular Hebrew word, also translated as God and only used for God the Father. Therefore, it is necessary to know which word was used in the original so as to understand the full meaning of a verse.

Elohim is applied to any being within the Godhead or government of God which, of course, also includes God the Father who is The God or ha Elohim.

The God Who Appeared to Mankind

We read in John 5:37 that no person has seen nor heard God. Yet the Old Testament is full of statements concerning God speaking or being seen. So, who was this God?

Moses met God and spoke to him frequently. But this was not God the Father. It was the Angel of God who went before Israel in the cloud during their time in the wilderness.

When Jacob gave the blessing on Joseph’s sons, he referred to the Angel of Redemption (Gen. 48:15-16), who is identified as Christ (Gal. 3:13; 4:4-5).

The being that Jacob wrestled with (Gen. 32:24-31) was called both God and the angel called the Face of God. So, what we have is an angel who was known by more than one name.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ fulfilled the same role in the New Testament as he did in the Old. God the Father is the God of both Testaments. Christ was always the Son of God, the messenger of God, the anointed of God.

He stated that he could do nothing of himself but that he did what he saw the Father do (Jn. 5:19,30; 8:28) and that he acted under command of God (Jn. 12:49-50).

God the Father is all seeing, all knowing, knowing the end from the beginning. He is omniscient (Isa. 40:28; Rom. 11:33-34). Christ is not all knowing. He did not know when he would return (Mat. 24:36; Acts 1:7). Even when resurrected, he did not know everything (Rev. 1:1).

Again, for this reason Christ cannot be God as God the Father is God.

Knowing God is mandatory for eternal life (Jn 17:3). Jesus Christ was sent to reveal the Father; he spoke His words. Everything he did and said was at the direction of Him who sent him. The words Christ spoke were spirit and life (Jn. 6:63-68).

Only those whom God chooses to reveal it to can understand who Christ really is (Mat. 11:25-27; 1Cor. 1:27-30)

John 5:26 states that Christ was given eternal life by the Father. In John 6:57, Christ stated that the living Father sent him and he lived because of the Father.

Christ is the beginning of the creation of God (Col. 1:15; Rev. 3:14) but is not immortal. Only God is immortal (1Tim. 6:14-16).

God the Father is the only True God and is Christ’s God just as He is our God (Jn. 20:17)

God anointed Christ above his companions, the sons of God (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:4-7) who are the angelic Host (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9). This indicates that prior to this anointing he was not above them. He was anointed to be our Saviour, High Priest and King. When he became human he was in fact made a little lower than the angels (Heb. 2:7). It was through this obedience to the will of God and his willingness to be crucified for our salvation, that he was made High Priest for ever, sitting at the right hand of God.

He was in the form of God. He laid aside his form, becoming a man obedient to God unto death. He did not attempt to seize equality with God as Satan had attempted to do (Phil. 2:4-8).

Under the direction of God, Christ is also creator (Col. 1:16; 1Cor. 8:6). (RSV)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is that essence or power of God, which is the glue that binds all of the sons of God together. Emanating from God, through Christ it encompasses all beings, spiritual and physical, who operate within the will of God, being obedient to His commandments. It is the means by which God can finally become all in all (1Cor. 15:28; Eph. 4:6).

Mankind as Sons of God

Those who are called, obey and live by every word of God will become sons of God (Jn. 10:34-35). Those who do God’s will are the brothers and sisters of Christ (Mat. 12:50; Mk. 3:35) and co-heirs with him (Rom. 8:17; Gal. 3:29; Tit. 3:7). When resurrected, we will be equal with the angels (Luke 20:36), and inherit the Kingdom of God with Christ (Luke 22:29-30).

Our future inheritance and eternal life depend on knowing God the Father. On repentance, baptism and receipt of the Holy Spirit, we can start to overcome our sinful nature.