THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent
"I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He
has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship
and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10,11, Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22
The Adorable Godhead
a. Terms Defined
The terms "Trinity" and "persons" as related to the Godhead, while
not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby
we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of
Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from "gods many and
lords many." We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God
who is One Lord, as a trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still
be absolutely scriptural.
Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 14:16-17
b. Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead
Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead which He expressed
in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but
that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and
incomprehensible, because unexplained.
Luke 1:35, 1 Corinthians 1:24, Matthew 11:25-27, Matthew 28:19,
2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 John 1:3-4
c. Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes
him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes
Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which
constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore
the Father is the Begetter, the Son is the Begotten, and the Holy Spirit
is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these
three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one
Lord God Almighty and His name one.
John 1:18, John 15:26, John 17:11, John 17:21, Zechariah 14:9,
d. Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to Person;
nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor
opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in
the Son as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is
with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the
Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father
and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation and authority.
Hence, neither Person in the Godhead either exists or works separately
or independently of the others.
John 5:17-30, John 5:32, John 5:37, John 8:17,18
e. The Title, Lord Jesus Christ
The appellation, "Lord Jesus Christ," is a proper name. It is never
applied in the New Testament, either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit.
It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God.
Romans 1:1-3, 2 John 1:3
f. The Lord Jesus Christ, God with Us
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the
proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He
is the proper Son of Man. He is therefore, acknowledged to be both God
and man; who because He is God and man is "Immanuel," God with us.
Matthew 1:23, 1 John 4:2, 1 John 4:10, 1 John 4:14, Revelation 1:13,
g. The Title, Son of God
Since the name "Immanuel" embraces both God and man in the one Person,
our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, Son of God, describes
His proper deity, and the title, Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore,
the title Son of God, belongs to the order of eternity, and the title,
Son of Man, to the order of time.
Matthew 1:21-23, 2 John 1:3, 1 John 3:8, Hebrews 7:3, Hebrews 1:1-13
h. Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ
Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that
Jesus Christ derived the title, Son of God, solely from the fact of the
incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore,
to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son
is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship
in the Being of God; a denial of the Father, and the Son; and a displacement
of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
2 John 1:9, John 1:1, John 1:2, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 1:29,
John 1:49, 1 John 2:22,23, 1 John 4:1-5, Hebrews 12:2
i. Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our
sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; angels and principalities
and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both
Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus,
might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory
of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the
Father that God may be all in all.
Hebrews 1:3, 1 Peter 3:22, Acts 2:32-36, Romans 14:11, 1 Corinthians
j. Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son
Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son,
it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the
knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the
Son all the attributes of Deity, and to give Him all honor and the glory
contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead except those which
express relationship (see Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead,
Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , and Identity and
Cooperation in the Godhead) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the
John 5:22,23, 1 Peter 1:8, Revelation 5:6-14, Philippians 2:8,9,
Revelation 7:9-10, Revelation 4:8-11