LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)
I. LET'S TALK ABOUT DEITY
Jesus is not only the Son of God, but also God the Son. Since no
greater truth is affirmed in the Sacred Text, one cannot read the Bible
(especially the New Testament) without recognizing the One who is God
the Son (cf. Heb. 1:8). This doctrine in fact permeates the Word
of God from Genesis to
Revelation; only a materialist would fail to see it.
Some of you reading this article misunderstand the term
“God.” So, let’s talk about Deity! Deity is a name of the
Supreme Being (from the Latin, “Deus,” God). The term signifies
in a concrete sense Him whom we call God. Concerning our Lord
Jesus, the term means to assert that He was the very and ETERNAL God.
The word “GOD” is not the name of a personality, it is the name of a
nature, a quality of being (as opposed, for example, to the angelic or
human natures). It is simply a name for the Divine nature or
when the Bible affirms there is but one God (cf. Mark 12:29), the
is that there is but one Divine nature, one Deity, or one
And because there is but one Divine nature, it follows there is but one
There is a unified set of traits or characteristics that distinguish a
personality as being “God.” And those persons possessing these
are referred to as “God” in the Bible. So there is no
whatsoever in the biblical teaching that there is but ONE Divine nature
or one God. The Bible reveals that the Father, the Son (the
and the Holy Spirit (three persons) each possess the Divine nature -
infinite characteristics of deity. There is but one Divine
but there are THREE possessing this unified set of qualities.
each is called God (cf. John 6:27; 2 Pet. 1:17; Heb. 1:8; Acts 5:3-4).
Indispensable to a clear understanding of Deity is an awareness of the
difference between "nature" and "person." Deity is eternal!
Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are ETERNAL in nature. Jesus
"I and the Father are one" (John 10:30; cf. John 17:20-23). Some
teach that this means they must be one person. But everyone knows
persons and things can be one in one sense and more than one in another
For example, God has declared that husband and wife are one (Gen. 2:24;
Matt. 19:5-6) - but this certainly does not mean they are ONE
person. They are still two persons, yet in another sense they are
one. The word
"one" must here be recognized as neuter gender which has to mean one in
Jesus and the Father (and the Holy Spirit) are “one” in substance,
doctrine, unity, aim, and purpose.
As further proof that John 10:30 does NOT teach (as the Oneness “Jesus
Only” Pentecostals falsely teach) that Jesus and the Father are one
Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23 that His followers might be ONE “even as”
the Father and He were one. We who believe and follow Jesus
are not ONE big fat person! Neither are the Father, the Son, and
Holy Spirit one person.
Some conceive of God as a mathematical unit; and as a thing cannot be
both mathematically singular and plural -- one and three, at the same
time and in the same sense -- they deny the true and proper divinity of
the Son of God and the Spirit of God. But it would seem that they
in harmony with the sacred style of inspiration.
Why should we imagine that there cannot be a plurality of personal
manifestations in the Divine nature any more than in the angelic or
human, especially as man was created in the image of God. The
Bible says, “...God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the
Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy
Deity means God. God is Deity. The Son is Deity.
Therefore, the Son is God. Deity, when complete, requires THREE
the Spirit and the Son merge with the Father to form the Godhead - a
meaning the Divine Rule of God (cf. Gen. 1:1-2; Acts 17:29). When
is referred to and the word, “God” is used, it is necessary to
from the context whether it is God the Father (John 17:1, 3, 5), God
Son (John 1:1), or God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4).
The adjective word “Holy” is applied to all three persons of the
Godhead at different times in the Bible. Jesus prayed to His Holy
Father (John 17:11). Jesus is called Holy child Jesus (Acts
was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). Jehovah is a Holy
Spirit, but NOT the same Spirit or person, as God the Holy
Spirit. Jesus is called God, but that doesn’t mean that Jesus is
God the Father! He
couldn’t be the Father because He is the Son.
In John 3:16 it is revealed: “For God so loved the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
but have everlasting life.” Is it possible to read even this one
familiar passage of Scripture without understanding that there are TWO
distinct persons referred to: God - the giver, and the Son - the given?
There is not one single solitary individual upon the face of God’s
green earth that is able to prove from the Bible the false teaching
that the Godhead consists of only one Divine Being. It is an
because the Bible nowhere teaches such. It is simply not a part
God’s truth. The Bible does teach, however, that there is One,
Eternal, Divine nature, essence, or substance who alone is the Creator
Sustainer of the Universe. And this ONE Divine Essence,
or Nature belongs equally to THREE distinct persons designated in the
as the Father, the Word (the Son), and the Holy Spirit.
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