The Godhead — Trinity

W. Terry Varner
November 30, 2014

The Bible teaches that the Godhead is composed of three distinct, coequal and co-eternal persons. While the term Trinity is not found in the Bible it is a biblical term by implication. The word Trinity means three in one.

The biblical doctrine of the Godhead is an important doctrine for the basis of the biblical worldview and the basis of all right thinking, whether we are speaking from the material or spiritual realm. While the biblical doctrine of the Godhead is beyond complete human comprehension and understanding; however, we can understand many things concerning the Godhead. A proper understanding of what has been revealed in the sacred Scripture is the basis for our relationship with God (salvation) and for our individual peace and happiness.

What if We Omit the Godhead from Life? When we omit the reality of the Godhead, we lose all proper concept of God, knowledge of God, and our relationship to God.

Romans 1:21-25 describes the result of rejecting the Godhead. We become unthankful (Rom. 1:21), vain in our reasoning (Rom. 1:21), foolish in our thinking (Rom. 1:21), instead of being wise we become fools (Rom. 1:22), reduce God to our own image (Rom. 1:23), wallow in sin, lusts of the heart, and dishonor God and ourselves (Rom. 1:24), reject truth and embrace falsehood (Rom. 1:25), and serve the creature of our mind rather than our Creator (Rom. 1:25). This is a graphic and true picture of the result of omitting in life a proper concept of the Godhead and serving Him accordingly.

The Godhead Is a Unity in Plurality. The Old Testament begins by using plural nouns and pronouns to explain the three persons of the Godhead. “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). God is the translation of the plural noun Elohim. This noun is translated some 2,500 times in the Old Testament as God. Moses wrote, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord [singular] our God [Elohim], the Lord is one!” (Deut. 6:4).

The Old Testament uses the plural pronouns US and OUR in referring to God or the Godhead. “God said, ‘Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness” (Gen. 1:26, emp. added). After Adam sinned, “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold the man has become like one of US, to know good and evil” (Gen 3:22, emp. added). At the tower of Babel, “And the Lord said . . . ‘Come, let US go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech’” (Gen. 11:6-7). The Lord spoke to Isaiah “Whom shall I send, and who will go for US” (Isa. 6:8, emp. added).

The New Testament shows that the Godhead is composed of three distinct, coequal, and coeternal persons. In the baptism of Jesus, Jesus was in the water being baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and God the Father spoke from heaven “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:16-17). When one is baptized he is baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). John writes, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the father, the Word [Jesus, cf. John 1:1, 14), and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7).

The three members of the Godhead—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—are one. The Bible teaches there is only one God or Deity—state or being God, but the Godhead is composed of three persons.