I Believe in the Godhead
(but I’m not so sure about the Trinity)
by Dale M. Sides
While teaching a seminar recently, I asked a number of ministers and Bible students the question, “Have you been troubled and confused about the subject of the Godhead?” The unanimous, affirmative response did not exactly surprise me since this subject has been a great enigma to me for many years. I was thankful to be able to help them with some understanding, and they strongly urged me to commit this to print to help others, also.
Before beginning, however, I would like to preface this sharing with a few words. I do not believe that God intended for us to define Him or even completely understand Him, but to love Him and worship Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. Perhaps considering subjects like the Godhead, that stretch the limits of our minds, is one way of worshipping Him—realizing that His vastness is far too great to comprehend.
Not too long ago, I had a conversation with an individual whose theological insights broadened my perspectives, especially since he had been trained as a Jesuit priest. About the subject of the Godhead and the Trinity he said, “This was one of our favorite subjects of discussion in classes and even around the dormitory late at night. We quickly learned that none of us had all the answers and that we could not consider ourselves theologically well-balanced if we felt threatened by someone disagreeing with our position.” He concluded with saying, “Whoever or Whatever the Godhead is, He must get amused at how individuals unanimously agree that He is love and then hate each other for having different theological ideas.”
I, too, have been baffled when doctrine is magnified above charity; so let me quickly say that I am not laying down a denominational statement in this writing. I have seen Christian brothers “send each other to hell” because of differing theological viewpoints. Let us remember the old poem of the seven blind men trying to describe an elephant. Theology is just what the word means—a study of God—certainly not an explanation of God. Remember, no man hath seen God at any time,1 and God never said that the Bible contains all there is to know about Him. At our best, before we see Him and know even as we are known, we can only be educated guessers.
So, as we ponder this subject of “the Godhead,” let us do so in reverence. Perhaps we may learn something; but the man that thinks he knows something, knows nothing.2 We must all realize that we are discussing the One Who made us, and therefore ask ourselves, “Is anyone He made lower than Himself,3 qualified?” It is rather impossible to fully describe the top of something while observing it from beneath. So, rather than allowing this subject to divide us, let’s join together in saying, “Jesus is Lord,” while we enjoy one another’s perspectives, and let God be the Judge.
The word “god”
To this group of ministers I mentioned: “The word ‘god’ is as much of a title as it is a name.4 It is somewhat like the word president. Often we associate the word directly to a person instead of his position. It can be a title as well as a name. We understand that there are many presidents in the United States of America, but when someone says, ‘The President,’ we then immediately associate that title to a specific person. The same is true of the word ‘god’.”
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 1 Corinthians 8:5
This verse tells us that there are many gods. The next verse, 1 Corinthians 8:6, tells us that though there are many gods, when you are talking about THE GOD, He is the One True God. This is The Father.
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; 1 Corinthians 8:6a
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:6
We even capitalize “God” when we call His name, just as we do when we speak of “The President.” Likewise, when someone is called god or a god, it does not mean they are the One True God. Jesus quoted from the Old Testament and said the same thing Paul did in I Corinthians.
If he [The One True God] called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; John 10:35
This quote from Psalms 82:6, along with I Corinthians 8:5, John 10:35, and other related scriptures, offer sufficient validation for us to recognize that there are more gods than the One True God, The Father. God, The Father, Himself, also said that He made Moses a god to Pharaoh.5 Even Satan, who is the most cursed and lowest person in the universe, is the god of this world.6 The people of Iconium even attributed the status of gods to Paul and Barnabas.
It is plain to see that the word “god” is a title as well as a name, so if someone is called god, it does not mean that they are The Father anymore than if someone is a president that he is the President of the United States. This knowledge will help us as we study about “the Godhead.”
The word “Godhead” is an accepted and commonly used term in the Bible. It is a derivative of the word god, but has its own distinctive characteristics that communicate a unique concept. The word “god” is theos; the words translated “godhead” are theteos, theios or theiotes. These renderings of godhead are either nouns with feminine gender or adjectives that communicate God’s characteristics. The three usages of Godhead in the Bible directly state the members of it. These specifically refer to God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead [the Father]; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20
For in him [Jesus Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead [the Holy Spirit] is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. Acts 17:29
These three usages communicate that there is a threefold membership of persons that compose a single Godhead. These members are separate persons but compose a single unit. Although we speak of them as The Godhead, each member is a god, and better still, since they are in the Godhead, each one deserves the capitalized title of God.
In other words, The Father is God; The Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. If you are a member of the Godhead, you have your title capitalized to distinguish you from all other gods. So the Godhead is a fellowship of the three head Gods, and therefore are known as the Godhead.
Perhaps God, meaning the Godhead, knew that we would need illustrations of this, so types were given in both the Old Testament and New Testament to communicate this truth of the Godhead. As the Holy Spirit has shared these with me, this has helped me tremendously to grasp this concept. The Old Testament type is Moses, Aaron and Hur;7 and the New Testament type is Peter, James and John.8
Much can be learned about the Godhead from studying these types, but even before scrutinizing some of the specifics, immediately we see that each type represented a governing authority. The Old Testament triumvirate consisted of corporate heads that ruled over the children of Israel. The New Testament triumvirate were also corporate heads that seemed to be pillars and oversaw the church. The same is true of the Godhead. They are the pillars of heaven and the governmental heads ruling earth from heaven.
The Father is the Creator and great mastermind behind the operation.9 Jesus Christ is the spoken Word that proclaims God the Father’s commandments.10 The Holy Spirit is the agent that brings the commandments to pass on the earth.11 These three members of the Godhead are the corporate heads of heaven and therefore comprise the Godhead.
There are many types and shadows that Moses, Aaron, and Hur and Peter, James, and John illustrate for us about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Specifically, Moses and Peter represent the Father. Aaron and James represent the Son. Hur and John represent the Holy Spirit. Both the Old and New Testament types demonstrate that the triune partnership represents unity in purpose, but separation in person and function.
Specifically, these types communicate to us that within the group, the Father (as typified by Moses and Peter) is obviously the supreme authority and leader. Jesus Christ (as typified by Aaron and James) is the mouthpiece and spokesperson for the group. The Holy Spirit (as typified by Hur and John) is the representative agent that manifests or reveals the will of the group.
We can learn a great deal about the corporate oversight of the Father from these examples. Exodus 17:9-12 details how Aaron and Hur supported the arms of Moses during a decisive battle with the Amalekites. Exodus 24:14 tells us that Moses appointed Aaron and Hur to be responsible for Israel while he was gone upon Mt. Sinai. It is obvious that Moses was in charge.
Similarly, there are seven occurrences in the New Testament scriptures where Peter, James and John are listed: Matthew 17:1; Mark 5:37; 9:2; 14:33; Luke 8:51; 9:28; Acts 1:13. Never does the order vary—Peter was always listed first, demonstrating that he was also in charge.
Likewise, the Father is in charge. There is no doubt that there is a submissive order in the Godhead, because Ephesians 4:6 says “there is one God and Father of all who is above all,” and that includes the One Lord and One Spirit noted in the previous verses. Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms.12 This shows that Jesus and the Holy Spirit help to carry out the will of the Father. Aaron and Hur were left in charge of the children of Israel when Moses was not present,13 signifying that the Son and the Holy Spirit represent the Father on the earth while He is in heaven.
Concerning Jesus Christ’s role within the Godhead, these types also reveal much about His function. Aaron and Jesus are both spokesmen—Aaron as a prophet and Jesus as a prophet (most especially as the Word in the flesh). Aaron was the High Priest; Jesus is the High Priest. James was killed by the sword even as Jesus was executed. Both deaths pleased the Jews and both happened around the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is also interesting to note that James and John, representing Jesus and the Holy Spirit, left their father Zebedee, just as Jesus and the Holy Spirit left the Father in heaven.
Within these Old and New Testament types we see the function of the Holy Spirit. The fact that little is known about Hur could indicate that the Holy Spirit is the more silent member of the Godhead and does not testify of Himself.14 John means “Jah’s gift” and the Holy Spirit certainly is the gift of the Father.15 John was saved from martyrdom, despite being boiled alive in oil, even as the Holy Spirit is blasphemed and still functions. Also, John served as the counselor and emissary to the seven churches (Revelation 1:4) just as the Holy Spirit is the Counselor and messenger to the church throughout this age.16
In summary, Moses, Aaron and Hur formed the corporate head of Israel. Peter, James and John formed the corporate head of the early church. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit form the corporate head of Heaven. Conclusively, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the triune members of the Godhead that rule over the earth from heaven.
Their Unified Purpose
There is little doubt that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit make up a tri-unity. Many verses throughout the Bible document this. For example…
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
Just as many earthly corporate heads operate in unity of purpose, so do the members of the Godhead. Actually, a “corporation” means to operate in coordination for the same purpose. The Godhead has a unified purpose, also. This is what Jesus referred to in Matthew 6:10:
Thy [the Father’s] kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
The members of the Godhead, within a triune membership, represent the government of heaven. The Father is the Creator and He wants His will to be done on the earth.17 Jesus stated that the Father is in heaven and that He (Jesus) was come to establish this kingdom.18 The Holy Spirit is also working to establish this kingdom as “thy kingdom come, thy will be done” when He reproves the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.19
Furthermore, to see that this will of God comes to pass, the Holy Spirit will deliver to Jesus Christ the bride of Christ, chosen out of the body of Christ, just as Adam’s bride came out of his body. Jesus will receive a bride to reign with Him on this earth (to see this kingdom fully established) during His millennial reign on the earth. It is emphatically prophesied that in the last days, the God of Heaven, the Father, will send a King, Jesus Christ, to the Earth.20
The Son’s and the Holy Spirit’s unified purpose is to ensure the Father’s kingdom comes to pass. To this end, The Father’s, the Son’s and the Holy Spirit’s unified purpose is to rescue fallen men out from the snares and unholiness of this world and to bring them into a position to receive the rightful inheritances that belong to them. The Godhead is unequivocally unified in this purpose of seeing the Father’s kingdom established and getting as many sons of God into this kingdom as possible.21
In conclusion, the Godhead is composed of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are completely unified in seeing the Father’s will and kingdom come to pass. Each member is a God in His own right with the Father being preeminent over all. So the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God; and together, they form the Godhead.
This is a very simple truth, but it has become complicated because Satan has tried to obscure this simplicity by muddying the waters, corrupting this doctrine. (Jesus prophesied that this would happen in Matthew 13:33.) As the Word of God clarifies the description of the Godhead, it also explains this corruption.
The usage of the word “Godhead” is a well-documented Biblical word, but its often-used counterpart, “trinity,” is not a Biblical term. We have seen that the concept of a threefold membership in the Godhead certainly exists, but the problem with using the word trinity is that it is subject to the user’s interpretation.
One reason it is so hard to discuss this issue is because there is no foundational verse in the Bible that says “trinity.” This leaven that has leavened the whole lump of Christian doctrine has divided the church, turning churches against churches and brother against brother. If someone says, “Do you believe in the trinity?” the only safe answer is to ask, “Which kind do you mean?”
I recently read an article charging that a group of mighty, Holy Spirit-filled ministers were not really saved and were going to hell because they did not believe that Jesus was born with fore-knowledge. These kinds of absurd dis-sentions happen because the revelation of the Godhead has been perverted into a subjective, loosely defined, non-Biblical concept.
The background of the word “trinity” is an interesting study. We will see later on that the word was coined by the Roman Catholics. Though many books have been written on this topic and many hours of study devoted to this, wouldn’t it be prudent to hear what Jesus said about it?
In a discourse of parables in Matthew 13, Jesus directly discussed the “three in one” doctrine, as it has become known.
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Matthew 13:33
The perversion of the truth of the Godhead can be seen in this verse alone. Satan took the three separate members of the Godhead and has tried to make the church believe that they are one person. He has tried to hide the individuality of each member by saying “One God in three persons.” That is exactly what the woman, the harlot, Mystery Babylon, wants you to believe. This is an attempt to obscure the Kingdom of Heaven.22
To grasp what Jesus was saying it is necessary to understand the context of these parables. According to Matthew 13:11-17 and 34-35, Jesus was beginning to turn the Kingdom of Heaven over to the Gentiles because Israel had rejected Him. He was prophesying what would happen during the church age to which we now belong. The discourse of parables tell the complete story, but to fully grasp the meaning of the parable in Matthew 13:33, the story line must be understood.23 In short, the parables tell that Satan would pervert the church by putting his children into it, by altering the pattern for church growth and finally by corrupting church doctrine.
Verse 33 tells of a woman that leavens three measures of meal and makes them become one. This is the harlot that rides upon the beast, Mystery Babylon.24 The leaven that she introduces into the church represents false doctrine.25 It is my belief that the “three becoming one” represents the perversion of the trinity from the true doctrine of the Godhead.
Specifically, this perversion deals with Satan trying to hide the kingdom of heaven. This kingdom is the reign of Jesus on this earth. When the three persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are made one person, then a vitally important truth is hidden—that each member of the Godhead has a kingdom they reign over.
Here is a little known truth. The Father has a kingdom—the new heavens and earth; the Son has a kingdom—the millennial kingdom; and the Holy Spirit has a kingdom—the one that has been functioning on the earth for the past 2,000 years. When the truth of the Godhead is corrupted from three distinct members into becoming one person, each of their separate kingdoms are hidden. Specifically what Satan is trying to hide by mingling the three persons of the Godhead into one person is the detailed revelation of the Kingdom of Heaven.
What’s the Big Deal?
Uninformed bystanders may wonder why this is such a big deal, or why Satan would work so cleverly behind the scenes to corrupt this doctrine. The answer is specifically to hinder the purposes of God and particularly to stop the fulfillment of the prophecy of his doom. He has tried to hide the kingdom of heaven because when Jesus, the second person of the Godhead, comes to establish His kingdom on this earth, Satan will be exposed, his kingdom destroyed and he will be chained for a thousand years.
(I believe that the biggest deal is to keep you from understanding and entering into the presence of God, The Father. This is covered in the “Conclusion.”)
Satan has tried to counterfeit the true Messiah since his fall out of heaven. He has endeavored to orchestrate a world government that would: vex the Jews in an attempt to stop prophecy from being fulfilled; and stand against the government from heaven that Jesus will establish.
The big deal is that Satan has been trying to hide the kingdom of heaven, the true reign of the King from Heaven. This is what Jesus specifically prophesied that Satan would endeavor to do by getting the woman to commingle the three measures (Father, Son and Holy Spirit and their respective kingdoms), and make them all appear as one.
To more fully understand this, we need to back off and get a running start. In order not to get lost, let me tell you where we are going—with the result that you can stay directed in this discourse. I believe that Satan has perverted the truth of the three persons of the Godhead in an attempt to prevent people from gaining access to the Kingdom of Heaven, the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ on this earth. He does this by making the three seem as one, indistinguishable from one another.
We will see that the perversion of the trinity came through the Roman Empire and specifically the Roman Catholic Church in the early history of Christianity. This understanding is disclosed partially in the discourse of parables that Jesus prophesied in Matthew, but to see the whole thing, we need to look at the prophecies of Daniel and John and discover how they fit with what Jesus said.
Putting together Daniel, Jesus and John’s prophecies will give us an understanding of why Satan has invested so much energy into perverting the doctrine of the Godhead. Daniel prophesied about Satan’s assault against Israel from the Babylonian captivity until the time of Christ. Jesus prophesied about Satan’s attack against the church from the time of Christ until the Great Tribulation. Finally, John prophesied about Satan’s schemes against Israel during the Great Tribulation. Viewing all of these together reveals the sinister snare behind making all three members of the Godhead one entity, instead of three separate persons. Again, as Matthew 13:33 indicates, Satan is trying to hide the truths concerning the Kingdom of Heaven.
Daniel’s revelation showed him four kingdoms that would dominate Israel: first, and most important, is Babylon; the second was Persia; third was Greece and finally, Rome.26 Jesus’ prophecy takes up where Daniel’s leaves off. He prophesied that the influence of the Roman Catholic Church, the agent of the Roman Empire, would be carried over into the church. This is done by the woman that spread the false leaven, corrupting the doctrine of the Godhead. The prophet John finally ties it all together by showing the re-emergence of the Roman state as that same woman, and ties it all back to the crux of the problem—Mystery Babylon. Mystery Babylon is the counterfeit kingdom of Satan that he has been trying to make the world believe to be the true kingdom.
The final kingdom that will annihilate Satan’s kingdom will be a Jewish kingdom with a Jewish King.27 It will be the King from heaven—Jesus Christ. This is what Satan has been trying to hide, because this kingdom is going to crush his (see Daniel 2:44). His ploy is to so intermingle the members of the Godhead that they appear to become one person. By doing this, he is cloaking the facts that Jesus Christ is different from the Father and that He has a kingdom that will crush Satan’s and reign over the whole earth.
Many Christians look forward to the gathering of the church and think they are going to heaven to live forever with God. There is more to consider. Because the Kingdom of Heaven has been hidden through the perversion of the trinity, they miss the reality of a 1,000 year reign with Jesus Christ. This reign will transpire on this earth before the Father’s kingdom of the new heavens and earth begins.
Kingdom of The
Kingdom of The
Kingdom of The Father = New Heavens and Earth
Unified in Purpose, but Separate in Persons
We have seen that there are three persons in the Godhead. However, most information on the subject of the trinity is quite nebulous concerning what this actually means. Some say God is three persons. The initial problem of not recognizing that “god” can be a title, as well as the name of The Father has caused this confusion. If this explanation means that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are the head Gods of the Godhead, then this is quite acceptable.
Most Trinitarian theologians believe in the separation of the members of the Godhead. They recognize that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are different entities. The problem arises when they try to make them one person. If this translates into meaning that all three are actually the same entity, then this is the perversion of making “three into one” that the woman initiated to hide the truth of the kingdom of heaven.
There are most definitely three members of the Godhead and I most certainly believe in this trine. Yet, as mentioned before, the difficulty in saying that “I believe in the Trinity” is in knowing exactly what that term implies, since it is not a Biblical term.
The primary reference to the “trinity” dates back to early church days when the Roman Empire was dominating the world. Its universal (catholic) religion is responsible for the term. Many books have been written to chronicle the dating of this concept, but none of them has quite the impact that the Modern Catholic Encyclopedia offers.28
This explication states that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are co-eternal, and co-equal. This point, their being co-eternal, was a much-debated point at the Council of Nicea in 325AD. Whatever the result of that argument was, the concept of the members of the Godhead being co-equal is definitely contrary to scripture.
The argument for the members being co-equal is disproved in showing the Father is over all, as stated in Ephesians 4:6. This fallacy is also apparent when realizing that Jesus became obedient to the will of the Father.29 The illogic of the members of the Godhead being coequal is also evidenced when we see that the Son sent the Holy Spirit.30
It is also quite evident that they are not coequal when their functions are observed. Even the World Book Encyclopedia recognizes this as it says: “The Father creates; the Son saves souls and the Spirit makes holy.”31
Perhaps the most convicting evidence that the members of the Godhead are actually separate persons is that there exists a distinction of will. The Father’s will was to send the Son to the earth.32 It was the Son’s separate will to come,33 and it was also the Son’s decisive will to obey the Father and face the death of the cross.34 The Holy Spirit’s will is documented in the Word of God in many places, also.35
The members of Godhead are unified in purpose. When Jesus said, “I and my Father are one,”36 he was saying that they were one in purpose, not in person. (The word “one” is neuter in gender, documenting this.) The purpose is what was mentioned previously—to call people out of this world into the Father’s kingdom. Jesus was saying, “I and my Father are one in that no one takes away those that The Father gives me. We will see that they receive eternal life.”37
The Pharisees, like many others today, misinterpreted this and thought that Jesus was saying that He was The Father. Jesus responded by saying that The Father called men gods, but they were the ones who blasphemed because He had a legitimate claim as the Son of God.
Jesus’ response cuts to the bare-bone truth. Is Jesus Christ God? The answer is clearly—yes. But is Jesus Christ The Father? The answer is just as clearly—no. Jesus’ response in John 10 straightens out the matter. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are unified in purpose, but not in person.
It is my sincere belief that The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit compose the Godhead. They are the corporate heads of heaven and are unified in the purposes of building The Father’s kingdom and helping men and women enter that kingdom.
I believe in the tri-unity of the Godhead in purpose, but not in person. The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. Each member of the Godhead is distinct—Jesus Christ is not God the Father, and neither is the Holy Spirit.
It is obvious from the scriptures that Jesus Christ is divine. His name is Emmanuel, which means “God With Us.” He ruled in heaven with the Father before coming to earth.38 God (The Father) was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. Jesus’ name shall be called the Mighty God when He personally rules on the earth during the millennial kingdom.39 He is the form (image) of God, the Father,40 but he is not God The Father. Jesus Christ is God in the purest sense. He was with God in the beginning of creation,41 and if He is not coexistent with God The Father, He was the first creation of The Father.42 Though Jesus is the express image of the person of The Father43, He Himself denied that He is the person of God, The Father.44
The Holy Spirit is the gift from God The Father,45 but He is not God The Father. The Holy Spirit is The Father’s manifestation on the earth,46 but He is not The Father on the earth.47 The Holy Spirit is the access we have to the Son and The Father,48 but He is not God The Father or His Son. He is the person that delivers The Father’s will to the earth,49 but He is not the person of God, The Father.
When evidence is seen in the Word of God that The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are doing the same thing, it does not mean that they are the same person anymore than Moses, Aaron and Hur were the same person when working together to defeat the Amalekites.
When evidence is seen in the Word of God that The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are called the same name—it is not a name, it is a title. This is further verified by the words, God, Lord, Yahweh, King and Savior.
The Word of God testifies that the Godhead rules the earth. God, The Father, is One God: Malachi 2:10; Mark 12:32; Romans 3:30; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; James 2:19. Deuteronomy 6:4; Zechariah 14:9; Mark 12:29; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:5. God, The Son, is one Lord: Acts 2:36; Romans 8:34-39; 1 Corinthians 1:2-9; Ephesians 4:5; Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 1:1-4; 1 Peter 3:18-22; 2 Peter 1:2-11; 1 John 5:20. God, the Holy Spirit, is One Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 4:4. They are each separate persons and collectively they compose the Godhead.
The purpose of the Godhead, as the governing heads of heaven, is to establish The Father’s will on the earth. Satan has tried to muddy the waters by corrupting the doctrine of the Godhead to make them one person. My belief is that this “three-in-one” idea is a carry over from Babylon Mystery religion and an attempt to conceal the deeper truths of the kingdom of heaven.
Finally, I also believe that Satan has perverted the truth of the three persons of the Godhead in an attempt to prevent people from gaining access to The Father. He does this by making the three seem as one, indistinguishable from one another.
To gain access to The Father one must go through the hierarchy of heaven. In the Old Testament, all believers had to go through the Outer Court, and the Holy Place, and then finally the High Priest went into the presence of The Father in the Holy of Holies. Likewise, in the New Testament in order to get into The Father’s presence all must go through the Holy Spirit to get to Jesus. Then Jesus, as High Priest, will usher them into the presence of God The Father.50
If people think that when they meet the Holy Spirit, that they have met The Father, they will not press in any farther to reach The Father’s presence. The Word of God testifies that through the Son we have access to The Father by the Holy Spirit.51
For through him [Jesus Christ] we both have access by one Spirit [the Holy Spirit] unto the Father. Ephesians 2:18
Likewise, if people think that when they meet Jesus, that they have met The Father, they will not press in any farther to reach The Father’s presence. The Word of God testifies that it is through the Son that the revelation of The Father is obtained:
All things are delivered unto me
of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any
man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Jesus said . . .
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John14:6b
The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ. Jesus reveals The Father. Each member of the Godhead is a separate person, but together they comprise the rulership of heaven.
The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are devoted to bringing to pass The Father’s kingdom and will—that is to bring you into the presence of God The Father.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11
As the corporate head of Heaven, the three are separate persons, but one in purpose—to bring us into the eternal presence of the Father.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
Please Note: Scriptures referenced throughout this article are from the King James Version, unless otherwise noted. All insertions and emphases made by the author within scripture verses are indicated by brackets[ ].
1 John 1:18
2 Galatians 6:3
3 Psalms 8:5. The word angel is properly translated “God.” It is the Hebrew elohim.
4 I first learned this truth from a fellow Christian brother, Ray Beard.
5 Exodus 7:1
6 2 Corinthians 4:4
7 Exodus 17:10
8 Galatians 2:9
9 Revelation 1:1
10 John 1:14; Hebrews 1:3
11 Hebrews 2:4
12 Exodus 17:12
13 Exodus 17:10; 24:14
14 John 16:13
15 John 14:26; Acts 2:38
16 John 14:26
17 Matthew 5:48
18 Matthew 6:9
19 John 16:7-12
20 Daniel 2:44
21 Revelation 21:7
22 The Gospel of the Kingdom Class; Session 3, “The Kingdom Lost.” LMCI.
23 Reformation to Revolution, LMCI Episkopos Tape EP-06, July 1996
24 Revelation 17:5
25 Matthew 16:6,11,12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1
26 This was shown by two revelations: Nebuchadnezzar’s (Daniel 2) and Daniel’s (Daniel 7).
27 Daniel 2:44
28 The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, pp. 876-878
29 Matthew 26:39, Hebrews 5:7-8
30 Acts 2:33
31 World Book Encyclopedia, Volume 19; pg. 363.
32 John 3:16; 10:36; I John 4:10
33 Hebrews 10:7 and 9
34 Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Philippians 2:8
35 Hebrews 2:4; I Corinthians 12:11
36 John 10:30
37 John 17:1-16
38 John 3:13; 6:38,41,42.51; Hebrews 10:7-9; 2:16 (took is in the middle voice, showing that He, Himself did it
39 Isaiah 9:6; He is also called the Everlasting Father. The LXX (Septuagint) translates this as the Father of the Age to come, meaning the Millennial Age.
40 Philippians 2:7
41 John 1:1, 14;
42 Revelation 3:14
43 John 1:18; Hebrews 1:3
44 John 10:36-38
45 Acts 2:33,38; John 14:26
46 Exodus 13:21; Acts 2:3
47 John 1:18
48 John 16:15
49 Luke 1:35; Hebrews 2:4
50 John 14:6, Hebrews 10:19-22
51 Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians