The Godhead In The Bible

W. Terry Varner
November 16, 2014

The Godhead describes the state, dignity, condition, and the quality of God. The term Godhead is like the terms: 1) Manhood describes that which makes man a man. 2) Childhood describes that which makes a child a child. 3) Fatherhood describes that which makes a man a father. 4) Motherhood describes that which makes a woman a mother. Consequently, the term Godhead describes that which makes God—God.

Godhead in the Bible. The word Godhead occurs three times in the King James Version of the Bible and is generally so translated in various other versions.

“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” (Acts 17:29, emp. added). Some translations use “Divine Nature” (NKJ) and “divine being” (ESV). The verse is rich with meaning. Building from the word “offspring” in Acts 17:28 teaching that man, and man alone, is made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27), Paul makes the point that man, as a child of God, resembles his Maker. As children resemble their parents. Since we are God’s children and we resemble God. God nature is not from the matter or material things such as stones, or gold, or silver, or an image made after man’s art and thought. These materials are matter and not spirit. Our is God is spirit (cf. John 4:24). Stones, silver, and gold are used in erecting temples, buildings, and images.

Man does not resemble lifeless stone or gold or silver, but God who is Spirit. To think of God in such terms is absurd and foolish. This is also an argument that man and his intelligence is a created being after God’s nature and not the result of the theory [not fact] of evolution.

“For the invisible things of Him from 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” (Rom. 1:20, emp. added). Some translations use “divine nature” (ESV). Paul’s argument is that from the creation man has been able to look at nature, an understand certain traits and attributes of God. Therefore, God’s attributes, eternal power, and Godhead or Divine Nature are clearly seen in the things that are made; i.e. that we see. God making the things that we see are made by God’s eternal power. God has given man evidence of Himself by the very things that He made; consequently, man is “without excuse” for not believing in God Jehovah. There are no grounds for our rejecting God as God. Only God creates creation and all that it implies. Again, this is an argument against the theory [not fact] of evolution that so many have so foolishly embraced and advocate.

“For in Him [Christ] dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9, emp. added). Some translate Godhead here as deity. Paul asserts that the totality of divine attributes dwell in Christ. Paul has argued in Colossians that in Jesus “all fullness should dwell” (Col. 1:19). In Jesus “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).

The Godhead is composed of three persons or three distinct beings—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three divine beings are one and are co-equal and co-eternal in nature or essence. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all mentioned in the same context in Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:33, 1-4; Rom. 5:1-5; 8:16-17; 1 Cor. 6:17-19; 12:2-6; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Gal. 3:11-12; 4:6; Eph. 1:1-13; 4:1-6; 1 Thess. 5:17-19; Heb. 2:3-4; 10:10-16, 29-31; 1 Peter 1:1-2, etc.