There Is ONE God
There is much controversy in the religious world today about the Godhead. Lord willing, the next few weeks we will study this topic from the Word of God, our ONLY source of authority for truth in religion. Let us be of the disposition, "God said it; I believe it; that settles it!"
First, we must understand that the Word of God teaches that there is ONLY ONE GOD. The Old Law taught, "Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him" (Deuteronomy 4:35) and in verse 39, "Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else". Again, the Old Law taught, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord" (Deuteronomy6:4).
The New Law of Jesus Christ also teaches this very important point. "As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one" (I Corinthians 8:4); "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (I Corinthians 8:6); "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:6); and "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5).
Second, we must understand that the Word of God teaches that there are three distinct personalities that make up the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The term Godhead or Godhood is like the term manhood meaning "the state or time of being a man"; or like childhood "the state of being a child"; or motherhood "the state of being a mother". The term Godhood is defined, "the state or quality of being a god; divinity" (Webster's) and the like term Godhead means, "divine being, divinity" (Arndt and Gingrich).
The word Godhead appears three times in the King James Version of the Bible, each time from a different Greek word. The first place is Acts 17:29, "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device." The second place is Romans 1:20, "For 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". And finally, the third place in Colossians 2:9, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily".
The Word of God teaches that there are three persons in the Godhead, yet there is but ONE GOD! More next week.