Godhead—An Introduction

W. Terry Varner
November 9, 2014

The Godhead is distinctive to the teaching of the Bible. Its importance and magnitude to Christian doctrine is beyond human comprehension. While it is one of the most mysterious and difficult doctrines found in the Bible, we must not allow this to keep us from exploring and affirming what can be understood of this biblical doctrine.

When we discuss a biblical subject, we must rely on the teaching of the Scripture. Any and all truth on religious subjects is found on the pages of the Bible. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Jesus tells us where that truth is found. “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). The Scripture is all-sufficient informationally. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God [Christian] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The Doctrine of the Godhead Is the Focal Point of All Right Thinking. Consider the fact that a proper understanding of the Godhead provides proper incentives for doing right and living virtuously. Our understanding of the Godhead serves as the basis of inner peace, love, and happiness here and in eternity.

By the same token, an improper understanding of the Godhead results in believing falsely the doctrines about the Godhead allowing us to embrace that which is sinful and therefore affects our eternity. Consider some of the teaching from the Scriptures concerning the following doctrines of God:

  • The Peace of God. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27). “Let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philip. 4:6-7).
  • The Love of God. “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16). “Christians are “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19).
  • The Joy of God. “For God gives . . . joy to a man who is good in His sight” (Eccl. 2:26). “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). For a world destitute of the knowledge of real joy, Jesus states of the joy we have from God as “your joy no one will take from you” (John 16:22), “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24; cf. 1 John 1:4).

The Doctrine of the Godhead Is Essential to Eternal Life. Eternal life is based on the proper knowledge of God. When we obey the gospel we enioy spiritual life for “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Jesus came that man might “have life, and that they may have life more abundantly” (John 10:10). Man desires to have and to enjoy eternal life, but we do not have eternal life now. Eternal life is a promise that comes at the judgment. To the faithful, Jesus says we have spiritual life now “and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:30). We live “in hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2) as we have “become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7). Jesus prayed: “and this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent” (John 17:3).