More About God and the Godhead

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More Truth About God

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Foundational to our thinking, attitude and direction in life is our understanding of God. There are two watershed truths in our understanding about God:

1) God as Creator

2) God as Father

 

Those who believe God is the Creator - our Creator - see the obligation of obedience we have to God as His creatures. If I make something, I expect it to do what I made it to do. God had a purpose and object in mind in creating this world and all that is in it. My current understanding is that the true resistance to belief in God as Creator is not lack of scientific evidence that all matter and everything in existence has been created by God. Rather it is resistance to acknowledging God as my personal Creator because of it's implications. Knowing that we have been created by God, we realize that we are totally dependent upon Him for life. We see that we have a responsibility to obey God and as rational beings to fulfill His purpose in our Creation. God as our Creator is the first watershed concept in life. If we believe that God is our Creator, that knowledge points us in one direction in life. The concept of God as our Creator leads to life everlasting. If we do not believe God is our Creator, that understanding points us in a different direction in life. That single understanding in life has a determining, a formative influence on our whole life and destiny. This is what is meant by a watershed truth. The rejection of God's word declaring God to be our Creator, ultimately leads to eternal night and death.

 

There is another watershed understanding that affects our direction in life. This second watershed understanding answers the question: what kind of a God is God? What is God's attitude and relationship to His creation? We cannot know about God except what He has revealed to us in Scripture and what we can understand from studying His creation. God not only tells us in the Bible that He created us from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7) in His image (Genesis 1:26) but He also tells us that He Himself is literally a Father (Psalms 2:7) who has an only begotten Son (John 3:16). Further, God tells us that His Son created everything that was created (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16,17). God says that there was a special day in His life in Psalms 2:7 "I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." This day could not be the day that Mary birthed Jesus because Jesus said of Himself that He existed before Abraham who lived before Mary did.

 

"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." John 8:58

 

Mankind was created for the purpose of exposing and illustrating the truth about God in the context of war and conflict and rebellion in the family of God in heaven. (Rev. 12:7; Is. 43:7) This truth about God literally being a Father is not generally known, understood or accepted. This revelation that God is the Father of His only begotten Son is much less accepted and believed than the first watershed truth that God is our Creator. The reason for this lack of acceptance generally is less easy to understand than it is to understand why God is rejected as the Creator. Were it generally understood that God is a Father of His firstborn and only-born Son, there would be a very different experience in the world than is now seen among Christians because God's Word would not have been twisted to meet our preconceived ideas and traditions in so many ways. Our concept of God has a profound influence on our attitude and actions. God has an enemy that has successfully obscured this second most precious truth about God. My current understanding as to why this second watershed truth is generally resisted as "heresy" by many sincere Christians, even though plainly and repeatedly taught in Scripture, is that this precious truth would revolutionize our attitude and understanding of God. God has an enemy that does not want this beautiful and loving picture of God as the Father of our Savior to be known at any cost.

 

While there are two watershed truths about God, the focus of this discussion is on the second - God as a Father. The reason for this is that there is relatively little on this subject of Jesus being literally begotten by the Father compared to a great deal of discussion and literature on God as Creator.

 

What it means to not believe God is literally a Father:

 

Not to understand or believe that God is literally the Father of the Son of God includes these problems:

 

1. Unless Scripture is understood to mean what it says - literally - unless there is clear evidence that spiritual meaning is the obvious meaning, the whole understanding of Scripture is put in uncertainty and obscurity. This uncertainty and obscurity gets so profound that it approaches the equivalent of being in fact without a Bible that is authoritative and the infallible Word of God. If God does not say what He means and mean what He says in His Word then what can be believed? If the Word of God cannot be taken as written, what then is the basis for understanding the Word of God?

 

2. The ancient conflict between many gods of the heathen and the One God of the Bible is left undefined and obscure and confusing. Why is belief in 3 Gods - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - orthodox and OK, but belief in more than 3 gods is polytheistic and pagan? The otherwise unresolved explanation of how 3 gods can be at the same time one god, is left unanswered, if it is not believed that the Father literally begat a Son in His express image to be His visible Representative. (Col. 1:15; Hebrews 1:3; John 14:7,9; 1 Tim. 1:17)

 

What is does mean to believe God is literally the Father of the Son of God:

 

Scripture can be understood in a clear, simple way. It is given as an anchor to the soul. Scripture can be read by all and all can learn for themselves about God and His will for mankind.

 

The picture of God presented in the Bible is so full and so great that it has a controlling influence on the student of the Bible and the believer in God.

 

2 John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

 

The Son of God is not only the Son in love but also in truth. This understanding is full of grace, mercy, and peace because it is the truth. There is no peace and grace in falsehood.

 

 

Illustrations of what it means to believe and not to believe what God has said

 

First illustration - Creation account in Scripture:

 

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

Believe Not to believe

 

God created the heavens and the earth in 6 days It is not clear what this Scriptural account means but everything could not have been created in 6 literal days as Scripture says it was! Presumably because God can't be that great or that powerful!

 

Effect: Belief brings hope, peace and joy and changes us into the character of God as we behold Him. Disbelief brings confusion and uncertainty into all of life and "faith". Disbeliefelevates man's reason above Revelation in scripture.

 

Second illustration - Salvation:

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Believe Not to believe

 

God begat a Son and sent His First-born and God sent His Twin or Triplet or a second god or

only begotten Son to be the Savior of the world some other god, other than Himself to be the savior of the world.

 

 

Effect: Belief elevates the love of God to unparalleled heights in that He saved the world by a greater sacrifice than that of Himself - that of His only begotten Son! This is illustrated in the story of Abraham.

Disbelief destroys faith and confidence in Scripture and leaves the way open to make up any doctrine or "plan of salvation" pleasing to the carnal heart. Man's reason is made the standard of truth!

 

Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

Genesis 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 

The impact of the illustration of salvation was in part that Isaac was the son of promise and that Isaac was literally the son of Abraham bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh.

It would be an entirely different plan of salvation illustrated and an entirely different character of God illustrated had the illustration happened as follows:

 

"Take now thy twin or uncle or brother or the favorite servant, etc., (anything other than what Scripture reads) and offer him there for a burnt offering."

 

 

Third illustration - the creation of man:

 

Genesis 1:26 ¶And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

The next part of the creation story, Genesis 2:7 gives us more details in the creation of Adam:

 

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

Next, God had a task for Adam to do. Before God gave Adam this task, He made an observation related to the task at hand.

 

Genesis 2:18-20 ¶And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

 

So it is obvious that Eve was not yet created - because "for Adam there was not found an help meet for him."

 

Genesis 2:21-23 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

 

Believe Not believe

 

God created man male and female in two steps. Without belief in the Bible account of creation

Adam was made first. After making Adam we have no authentic understanding of the

aware of his lack of help suitable for him, Eve origin of mankind. Without believing that God

was taken out of the side of Adam and created says what He means and means what He says, we

female suitable for Adam to complete the image have nothing but our own imagination to explain

of God in mankind. Then it was announced that the origin or significance of the human species.

that these two were one flesh. Gen.2:24 We have no truth to show what God is like!

 

Effect: Belief in the Word of God gives us an exalted understanding of the origin and purpose of our species. It also helps us understand how the Father and the Son of God can be One in purposes, mind and character but not in person.

Unbelief leads to ignorance of God and to the exaltation of mankind and reason above God and His creation account. It also deprives us of an understanding of God as a Father and the Son of God as a Son of His Father.

 

Fourth illustration - more on the Godhead question:

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

 

Believe Not Believe

 

My current understanding of Deuteronomy 6:4 is The alternative to belief in the Word of God

that it is saying that the plural Members of the is to attempt to join truth and error under the

Godhead, Father and Son are united. The vexed wisdom of man. There are no guidelines

question of how 3 Gods can be one God is answered and no absolutes. Guidelines and absolutes

in Scripture by the Father begetting a Son and having are found only in the Word of God.

a Representative of them both in the Holy Spirit. Anything goes!

These three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God.

There is the only true God (the Father) and Jesus Christ,

the Sent of the Father. (John 17:3)

An authority (God) can have Representatives without

multiplying authorities (Gods). The Holy Spirit is the Father's

and the Son's invisible Representative. The Son of God

is the Father's visible Representative. These three, the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit are united in mind, character and

purposes but not in Person. Thus there is the only true God

(John 17:3), the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9). His First-born and

Only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit are God's Representatives.

These three Persons make up the Godhead.

 

Effect: Believing that God is one God who begat a Son; believing that God so loved the world that He sent His only-begotten Son to identify with humanity forever to effect their transformation of character so that humanity can become one in mind, character and purposes with the Godhead, is a transforming experience that deepens in love and loyalty to God as this truth is experienced and understood more and more through all eternity.

To disbelieve this Bible truth of the deep love of God has the effect to narrow and diminish our mental, physical and spiritual powers so that we lose the capacity to understand and appreciate, as we should and could, the love and beauty of our wonderful God.

 

Conclusion

 

It gives great peace, stability in life and joy to know where we came from, what the object of life is and what our destiny is. Central to our understanding of everything is our concept of God. A great and foundational influence on our world view is our concept of God. Our concept of God has a determining influence on our doctrines, practices, and ultimately, our destiny. Believing God is the Father of our Savior and Redeemer and that He loves us that much that He was willing to send His only begotten First and Only-born Son to die for our salvation - is more than we can take in and comprehend. But, accepted with humility and gratitude, this truth, has a transforming, redeeming, saving effect on believers.

 

"Have faith, dear friend, in God."