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The Person of God As Revealed In The Bible
 

The most important topic in the entire Bible is the person of God. A person’s faith has to be placed in God as He exists for that faith to be real. The Bible reveals the true nature and person of God, and one’s faith has to be placed in the true God. The Lord Jesus said this Himself.

 

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24  

The Bible is understood by spiritual discernment and not by mere intellectual reasoning. The understanding of the person of God comes from comparing scriptures with scriptures. God has so designed the Bible that this is His way of revealing truth. The truths of the Bible are spiritually discerned and the person of God is no exception.

 

1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  

Perhaps one of the doctrines of the Bible which requires the most spiritual understanding is the nature of God. The truths of the scripture come by studying the word and the revealing of truth by the holy Spirit of God.  God tells us to study His word and correctly divide it:  

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  

 

Only One God  

Both the Old and New Testaments teach that there is only one God. This is one of the fundamental beliefs of both Christianity and Judaism. The true and living God is the only source of eternal life. All faith and worship is to focus on the only true God. The following are a few scriptures from both testaments which show there is only one true God:

 

·        Deuteronomy 4:35 Unto thee it was showed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him

·        Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

·        Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

·        Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

·        1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

The Godhead  

The Bible reveals that the person of God is within the Godhead. The Godhead is commonly known as the holy Trinity. All of God is in the Godhead. A study of the Bible defines what the Godhead is. The Bibles teaches there is only one God, yet within the Godhead there are three separate and distinct persons. These persons have eternally manifested themselves as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The distinct persons within the Godhead are found by a simple Bible study.

 

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;  

The fullness of the person of God was in Jesus Christ. All of God was in the person of the Lord Jesus. He was the complete fullness of the Godhead.  

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

 

The Person Of God and the Lord Jesus As Revealed In The Book of Revelation  

When the apostle John was given the great vision of heaven, the very first thing He saw was God sitting on His throne. He observed one “form” sitting on the throne. He described God in beautiful colors. The key to Revelation 4 is John saw only one “form” sitting on the throne.

When God is being honored as He sits on the throne, only singular pronouns like he and him are used. The Bible carefully describes one “person” or being sitting on the throne. This concept is most important when studying chapter five: the revelation of the Lord Jesus as the Lamb. The scriptures which show that God was seen as a singular form on the throne follow:

 

Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

(3) And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

(9) And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

(10) The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne,  

John then went on to describe what he saw at the throne.  He saw 24 elders sitting before the throne of God clothed in white raiment and with gold crowns on their heads.  Then he saw four beasts (living creatures) around the throne.  They were surrounding the throne.

 

Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

(6) And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.  

The four beasts are before the throne of God saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” The 24 elders fall down before the throne and worship Him who is sitting on the throne.  The four beasts do not fall down.

 

Revelation 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne,  

The Bible then goes on to say how the elders worshipped Him sitting on the throne by speaking praises.  They worship God with praises of glory, honor and power. They focus on God’s creative ability in their praise of Him.

 

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  

The picture in chapter four is God seated on His throne. There are four living creatures very close to Him saying Holy, holy, holy. There are 24 elders seated before the throne, and only these elders fall down in worship before the throne. They are worshipping by saying God is worthy to receive glory and honor and power.

In chapter five, the focus shifts to the Lord Jesus. In this chapter, He is identified as, “a Lamb as it has been slain”. Remember, in chapter four, John saw God as one sitting on the throne. Only singular pronouns were used in referring to God sitting on the throne. When the Lord Jesus is revealed in chapter five, He is seen in the midst of the elders, and then He is in the midst of the four beasts, and then He is in the midst of the throne. God is on the throne. Therefore, the Lamb comes forth from the very midst of the throne which means He comes forth from God!

The Bible shows that there is one God sitting on the throne, but two individuals are within the one God. As you read Revelation 5:6, you can visualize in your mind the Lord Jesus coming forth from the midst of God. The Lamb came forth from the Father. He then is given a book by the Father who remains seated on the throne. The Father sitting on the throne and the Lamb are one! In this verse, two of the three members in the Godhead can be seen. Revelation 5:6,7 are key scriptures in understanding the Godhead. These verses follow:

 

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, (7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  

The Lamb then takes a book from Him sitting on the throne and the four beasts and all the elders fall down before the Lamb. The beasts which were saying,, “Holy, holy, holy” before the Lord sitting on the throne, now fall down before the Lamb  They fall down before the Lamb because He redeemed mankind. Then the beasts, elders and all heaven begin to worship and praise the Lamb! The Lamb came from the very midst of the throne, and now He is receiving even greater worship than the Lord who is sitting on the throne. All of heaven is in awe of the Lord Jesus.

 

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,..(9) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  

After the beasts and elders fall down before the Lamb, then all of heaven joins them in praising the Lamb. Literally, an uncountable number in heaven are praising the Lord Jesus. They are saying because He was slain, He is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing.

 

Revelation 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

(12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  

After all heaven worships the Lord Jesus, then there is unified worship of Him and the Father. All of creation breaks out into a unified exaltation of both the Father and the Son. They receive the worship together. The same honor given to the Father is also given to the Lamb. They are both being exalted together by being given praises of blessing, honor, glory and power.

 

Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  

The exaltation ends with the 24 elders falling down and worshipping Him that lives forever. From looking at chapter four verse 10, it is God sitting on the throne who lives for ever and ever. The Lamb comes from the very midst of God sitting on the throne, so Jesus lives for ever and ever just like the Father. The elders falling down are worshipping both the Father and the Son.

 

Revelation 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.  

In summary, the Lamb comes forth from the very center of the throne of God. Since God is in the center of the throne, the Lamb comes forth from God. Immediately, when the Lamb comes forth from God, the four beasts and the 24 elders fall down before Him. They sing a new song to Him. Then all of heaven gathers around the throne to sing praises to the Lamb. All of heaven is worshipping the Lamb.  He is given the exact praise that God received in chapter four verse 11.

Just like God, the Lamb is praised with power, honor, and glory; however, the Lamb gets even greater praise. Added to the power, glory and honor that God receives, the Lamb receives riches, wisdom, strength and blessings. Then both the Father and the Son are praised together by everyone in heaven, and in earth and under the earth. The chapter ends with the 24 elders falling down before the Father and Son to worship them both.

 

The Worshipping of God  

Revelation 7 continues with the worship of God. In Revelation 7:9 a great multitude of people stand before the throne and before the Lamb. In verse 10, they are crying salvation to Him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb. Both God and Jesus are recognized together in heaven. All of heaven then falls before the throne and worships God. They worshipped God by saying, blessings, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might be to God. This is similar to the praise given to the Lord Jesus in Revelation 5:12. These are the praises which are identical: Power, Wisdom, Honor, Power, Glory, and Blessings. The worship of the Lamb in heaven is identical to the worship of God.

 

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

(10) And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

(11) And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

(12) Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

In chapter 11, the 24 elders are worshipping God. In Revelation 11:16, 17 the elders are worshipping by falling before God and giving thanks because God has taken His great power and reigns over the nations. In verse 15, it is the Lord Jesus, the Lamb, who is reigning over the nations. The elders are worshipping God for reigning, when it is the Lord Jesus who is reigning. Jesus reigning and God reigning are one in the same. In Revelation 19:6, it is the Lord God omnipotent who is reigning.  

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

(16) And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, (17) Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

 

Only God Is To Be Worshipped  

Twice in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John was so overwhelmed by what he saw that he fell down to worship the prophet explaining the events. When John saw the marriage supper of the Lamb, he fell down to worship and was told to only worship God. When John was given the complete revelation of heaven, he was so overwhelmed that he again fell at the feet of the prophet to worship him. Both times he was told not to do that, but he was to worship only God. If the command is to worship only God, then the Lamb, being worshipped by all of heaven, has to be God.

The teaching of Jesus being worshipped in Revelation is that the Lamb, the Lord Jesus is God. When the Lamb is revealed in Revelation 5:6, He comes forth from the very midst of God. The Lamb is then worshipped by all of heaven as God and what a majestic sight that will be.

 

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God:

Revelation 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. (9) Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

 

From The Bosom Of The Father  

Revelation 5:6 gives the clear picture of the Lord Jesus coming forth from the very center or bosom of God. When you read this verse, it actually gives a mental picture of the Lamb proceeding from the very center of the Father. When the Lamb comes forth from God, He is then given a book by the Father. You can see the Father and Son together at the very throne of God. All of heaven then worships the Father and the Son together. This gives a perfect picture of how the Godhead operates. The Father and the Son are two distinct persons.

 

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, (7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

(13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  

With this picture of Jesus being one with God and coming forth from God, the Gospel of John and the Book of 1 John give additional verses to build upon this concept. The clear picture can be seen of who exactly is the Lord Jesus and the Godhead. The Lord Jesus came forth from the bosom of the Father.  He is called the only begotten Son of God in the bosom of the Father.

 

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.  

Just as the Lord Jesus came forth from the Father in Revelation 5:6, so He came forth from the Father to be His only begotten Son on earth.  

John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

 

With the understanding of Revelation 5:6, it is clear how the Lord Jesus could say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.  

John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (11) Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.  

When the Lord Jesus was speaking about His Father, He said that He was one with the Father. Those listening to Jesus became very upset with Him. They became upset because by claiming He was one with the Father, Jesus was claiming to be God. The Lord Jesus then explained to them that by being one, He was in the Father and the Father was in Him. Revelation 5:6 gives the perfect picture of the Lord Jesus being in the Father and the Father being in Him.  

·        John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

·        John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

·        John 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.  

The Lord Jesus said that He came from God and that He was returning to God. He claimed to be from the Father.

 

John 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. (28) I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.  

The Lord Jesus was always one with the Father, even in eternity past.  He always was God.  There was never a time when Jesus Christ was not God.

 

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God.  

When Jesus Christ became a man, He was both God and man. He became the perfect man without sin.

 

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  

Because He is God, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the source of eternal life. He always existed as God. He is the self existing eternal life who always existed with the Father. In eternity, there was the Father and the Son who coexisted together.

 

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (2) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

 

Jesus Is The Only Begotten Son Of God  

A close look at the Bible shows that God has many sons. All true believers in the Lord Jesus are called the adopted sons of God. When we believe in God through Jesus, we are adopted by God as His son. Adam was called the son of God. The nation of Israel was called to be in a son type relationship with God. The angels were also called the sons of God. All of these examples are of created beings. The following scriptures show the various sons of God:  

·        Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

(15)  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

·        Luke 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

·        Exodus 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.  

The Lord Jesus is unique. He is called the only begotten Son of God. He was not a created being, but He came directly from the bosom of the Father. He came from God, and when His ministry was completed on earth, He returned to God. He always was in the bosom of the Father. He is eternal life, which is with the Father, that was manifested to us. The Lord Jesus was the only begotten Son of God. He referred to Himself as the only begotten Son of God.  

·        John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

·        John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

·        John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

·        John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

·        John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

·        Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

·        1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

 

 

God Created The Heavens And The Earth  

The Bible is clear that God created the universe. In a number of scriptures, God states that He created the universe, and He did it alone. In fact, the very first verse in the Bible states God created everything. The source of all the creation is God.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The Bible reveals that when God created the heavens and the earth, He did it by Himself. The creation was the sole work of God.  

Isaiah 44:24 ...I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Nehemiah 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.  

The New Testament reveals that it was Jesus Christ who was the creator of all things. The Lord Jesus was the one within the Godhead who created all things.  In the beginning when God created all things, He did it by the Lord Jesus, the begotten Son of God. Jesus, from the bosom of the Father, created all things.

 

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2)  The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith ,.. (10) And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:  

The Lord Jesus is the creator of all things, and by His word all things are upheld. This universe is held together by His word. He is the source of all life and by His word all things are upheld. He is God as both the creator and sustainer of all things that are in the heavens or on earth.

 

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Nehemiah 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

 

When The Spirit Of Truth Is Come  

The Bible clearly reveals that within the Godhead is the Father and Son. They are eternally existing with each other. The Bible also identifies a third member of the Godhead. He is referred to as the holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, or the Spirit of truth. The Lord Jesus was telling His disciples about leaving them and going to the cross. He told them that He would not leave them alone, but He would send them the Comforter. Jesus identified the Comforter as the holy Spirit and said the holy Spirit would come from the Father just as He did.  

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

 

When Jesus began to talk about the Comforter, He identified the holy Spirit as a person. Jesus always referred to the holy Spirit as a he, him, or himself. He never identified the holy Spirit as an it or as a non-person. Only a person is referred to as a he, him or himself. A force or power is not spoken of as a person. The Lord Jesus’ references to the holy Spirit as a person follows:  

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

(17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 15:26 ...the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (14) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  (8) And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment

John 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.

 

In addition, to the holy Spirit, also referred to as the Holy Ghost, being referred to as a person, the holy Spirit has the attributes and emotions of a person.  The Spirit comforts, teaches, convicts of sin, speaks, can be lied to, grieved.  These verses follow:  

The holy Spirit speaks, tests, proves, has His ways, grieves, wrath:

Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 

(9) When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

(10) Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

(11) So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

 

The holy Spirit can be grieved:

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  

The holy Spirit can be lied to:

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? (4)  thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.  

The holy Spirit teaches:

1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  

The holy Spirit forbids:

Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia , and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia ,  

In summary, the Bible teaches that the holy Spirit is God. Only a person can have anger, grieve and wrathful. Only a person can teach, speak, forbid, be lied to, be tested, and be proved. Lying to the holy Spirit is the same as lying to God. The holy Spirit has all the emotions of the Lord Jesus.  he holy Spirit comes from the Father just like the Lord Jesus. The function of the Spirit is to bring glory to the Lord Jesus; however, the holy Spirit is God just like the Father and Son. The Godhead then is comprised of the Father, Son and holy Spirit.

 

The Godhead In Action  

The foundation of belief in the Lord Jesus is His resurrection from the dead. Without His resurrection there would be no faith. In fact, without the resurrection faith in Jesus would be in vain.  The power in believing in the Lord Jesus is in His resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus is proof that one day everyone will be resurrected. Belief in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is required for the confession of Him as Lord and Savior.

 

1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  

The interaction of the Father, Son and holy Spirit can be seen in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The entire Godhead resurrected Jesus from the dead.

 

God resurrected Jesus:

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

The Father resurrected Jesus:

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

 

The holy Spirit resurrected Jesus:

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 

Jesus resurrected Himself:

John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (20) Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? (21) But he spake of the temple of his body.

 

Proof From the Old Testament That the Messiah is God  

This study of the Godhead has been mainly of the New Testament. The concept that the Messiah is God and the Godhead are rooted in the Old Testament. The following scriptures are not a complete study of the Messiah being God and the Godhead in the Old Testament. For a complete study, see the presentation, The Messiah is God.  The following scriptures just give a foundation that Lord Jesus being the God of Israel is rooted in the Old Testament.

The prophet Daniel shows the coming of the Messiah in chapter 7 and calls Him the Son of Man. Daniel also sees God sitting on His throne and refers to Him as the Ancient of Days. In verse 13, Daniel states that the Son of Man is coming with the clouds of heaven (saints that are in heaven with Him) to establish His everlasting, world-wide kingdom. In verse 22, the Ancient of Days is coming to setup the same kingdom. The Ancient of Days and Messiah are merged into one.  

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

(10) A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

(13) I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. (14) And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

(22) Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

(27) And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.  

When the prophet Zechariah was writing about the same event, the coming of the Messiah, he states that God is coming with His saints, or the clouds of heaven. Apparently, the vast numbers of saints returning with the Lord Jesus give the appearance as a cloud. The main issue is the coming of the Messiah to set up the kingdom. The Messiah and God are establishing the same kingdom.

 

Zechariah 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. (4) And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east ... (5)... and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

 

When the Lord Jesus returns, He will build a temple in Jerusalem from which He will rule as King over all the earth.  The prophet Zechariah states that the Messiah is going to build the temple, sit on the throne in it, and bear the glory.

 

Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

(13) Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.  

When the prophet Ezekiel writes about this temple, he clearly writes that the God of Israel in His glory is sitting on the throne which is reserved for the Messiah. In Ezekiel 43, the God of Israel and the Messiah merge as one sitting on the throne in the kingdom temple. The Messiah and God are one in coming to establish the kingdom, and they are one sitting on the throne in the temple. The teaching of the Old Testament is the God of Israel and the Messiah are one in the same. This teaching is the same teaching in the New Testament.

 

Ezekiel 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

(4) And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. (5) So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

(7) And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile,  

Conclusion  

There is only one God. The Father, Son and holy Spirit are all God. This means that within the Godhead, which is the only true God, there are three separate personalities. Revelation 5:6 shows very clearly that within the Godhead there is the Father and Son. The holy Spirit who comes forth from the Father is the third person of the Godhead. The Father, Son and Spirit are not three separate Gods. They are all one God. The Godhead is then the Father, Son, and holy Spirit.

God requires that we worship and believe in Him in truth. The truth is that there is only one true God. The Lord Jesus is God, and the Godhead consists of three separate personalities. God wants us to have fellowship with Him. This fellowship is with both the Father and Son. They are the one true God and through Him is eternal life. For one to possess eternal life, it takes the belief in the one God manifesting Himself as the Father, Son and holy Spirit.

 

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

 

 

 

By John McTernan: Defend and Proclaim the Faith
Blog: John McTernan's Insights at www.johnmcternan.name

Meet author John McTernan
During numerous appearances on television, radio and in seminars, he has publicly defended Israel in light of Biblical prophecy. His current best selling book is As America Has Done To Israel.
He is author of the acclaimed book God's Final Warning to America, and co-author of the bestseller Israel: The Blessing or the Curse. From his experience debating, John wrote the Only Jesus of Nazareth series. This series includes: Only Jesus of Nazareth Can Sit on the Throne of David and Only Jesus of Nazareth Can Be Israel's King Messiah. Additionally, he has written several tracts, including Muhammad or Jesus: The Prophet Like Unto Moses, and The Koran vs the Bible.

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