The Father, The Son And The Holy Spirit Are Deity

W. Terry Varner
December 7, 2014

The doctrine of the Godhead is distinctive to the Bible. While the Godhead is mysterious and difficult because we do not fully comprehend its meaning, we know from what is revealed that the Godhead is a unity and composed of three persons who are co-equal and co-eternal in nature or essence; i.e. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are All Called God or Deity.

God the Father. Jesus prayed in His High Priestly prayer, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You. . . . that they may know You, the only true and living God” (John 17:1, 3). Christians are called “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (1 Peter 1:2).

God the Son. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Paul writes, “But to the Son He says: ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever” (Heb. 1:8). Christians are to look “for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

God the Holy Spirit. Luke describes the sin of Ananias and Sapphira with the words: “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit. . . . You have not lied to men but to God” (Acts 5:3-4).

The above texts concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit do not mean that they are only one person, but that they are three different, distinct persons possessing the unity of Deity or God. John states “and these three agree in one” (1 John 5:8). God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three coequal, coeternal persons who are one [unified] in thought, in one [unified] purpose, and one [unified] in agreement.

The Scriptures Mention the Three Members of the Godhead or Deity. There are many times within the Scripture that the three members of the Godhead are mentioned together in the same verse or verses. We notice the following order of their mention when mentioned together.

God the Father is always mentioned first. Jesus said that alien sinners are to be baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son arid of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). The Scripture reveals that baptism is authorized by the Godhead.

Jesus describes God the Father as, “God is spirit” (John 4:24). “God is true” (John 3:33). “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16). “God is holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Christians are to address God the Father as “Our Father in heaven” (Matt. 6:9).

God the Son is always mentioned second. Look above again at Matthew 28:19. Jesus in His relationship to God the Father is called “the Son of God” and in His relationship to man, He is called “Son of Man.” Jesus has many names in Scripture: He is “Savior” (Matt. 1:21), “The Lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36), “Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). Jesus died for man (Mark 15:34), was raised from the dead (Acts 2:22-32; 1 Cor. 15), ascended to the right hand of the Father (Dan. 7:13-14; Acts 1:11; 2:33; Heb.. 1:3), acts as the Christians’ High Priest (Heb. 3:1), and will return again to judge man (John 14:1-3; Acts 17:30-31; 1 Thess. 4:16-17). Because Jesus is always mentioned second does not mean that He is in any way inferior to God the Father nor superior to God the Holy Spirit.

God the Holy Spirit is always mentioned third. The Holy Spirit has a number of names in the Scripture. He is called the “Comforter or Helper” (John 14:26), “the Spirit of truth” (John 15:26; 16:13), etc.