Eternal Power and the Godhead
“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ… For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Rom 1:16-20)”
God reveals Himself and shows His Eternal Power to all people. To “the just,” (Christian believers) our revelation arrives “from faith to faith”. Isaiah describes this process:
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little (Isa 28:10)”
But God shows Himself to the unjust (ungodly people) differently. To them He reveals His wrath “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness!”
So how are we doing in our understanding of His eternal power and Godhead? Lately I have been reexamining some of the traditional teachings about the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I am not claiming new revelation; I am simply reading the Bible and asking the Lord for Wisdom. The following observations are based on my current understanding and are open to correction. I value the input of anyone reading this and you are welcome to comment. Together let’s follow Paul’s admonition to Timothy:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15).”
Let’s start at the beginning:
“In the beginning God [Elohim*] created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God** moved upon the face of the waters (Gen 1:1-2).”
* Elohim, אֱלֹהִים, 'elohiym, pronounced el•ō•hēm', means “Plural Gods.”
I believe that Elohim consists of 2 Gods as follows:
1. The Spirit of God** is the first singular God mentioned in the Bible (Gen 1:2). This is “the Spirit of Elohim.” This is the unseen Holy Spirit. Other Bible references for Him are:
"Our Father which art in heaven" (Matt 6:9)
“Heavenly Father” (Matt 6:14)
“The invisible God” (Col 1:15)
“God the Father” (John 6:27)
“One God” (1 Cor 8:66)
“The Father” (John 4:23)
The Only “One” that is “Good” (Matt 19:17)
“God [who is] a Spirit” (John 4:24)
“The Spirit of God” is described by Job:
“The Spirit of God” hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life (Job 33:4).” I believe this scripture from Job describes 3 things:
1. “Heavenly Father” here called “The Spirit of God.”
2. “Jehovah” (The LORD) is called “the Almighty” whose breath gives Life (see #2 below).
3. “The Breath” This matches Gen 2:7 where Jehovah “breathed into his [Adam’s] nostrils the breath of life.” This also matches John 1:4 where “In Him [The Word] was life; and the life was the light of men.” (see “2” below where Jehovah and The Word are the same).
This Unseen God is so-described by John twice:
"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. (John 1:18)"
"No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:12)"
2. Jehovah, King James Version translates Him as “The LORD.” This God may sometimes be seen by men, walk with men, and eat with men. He can also be "MADE FLESH" Other Bible references for Him are:
“The Word” as described by John:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not (John 1:1-5).”
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:14).”
As stated above (Gen 2:7, Job 33:4 & John 1:4) this Life, which is within Jehovah (the Word), is His Breath. Job says that this Breath is “the spirit of God”:
“All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils (Job 27:3)” & “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life (Job 33:4).”
The Spirit of God is The Father,
The Almighty is The Word,
The Almighty’s Breath is a spirit that He shares with men.
More references for Jehovah aka The Word are:
“The most high God” (in Old Testament refers to Jehovah)
“The most High” (in Old Testament refers to Jehovah, Psa 91:9)
"I AM THAT I AM” (Ex 3:14)
"The God of… Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” (Ex 3:7)"
“God Almighty” as so described in Exodus:
"And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by My name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. (Exd 6:3)"
So Elohim means “plural Gods.” When described as two they are (among other names):
“The Father and The Word” aka:
“The Holy Spirit and Jehovah” aka:
“The Invisible God and The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”
Even before Jesus was “made flesh” the Word (Jehovah) appeared amongst men:
"And they heard the voice of the LORD [Jehovah] God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD [Jehovah] God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden... (Gen 3:8-10)"
"And the LORD [Jehovah] appeared unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day... And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread... (Gen 18:1-5)"
- Jehovah is a name for the God that may be seen by men. John calls Jehovah "the Word." "The Word" is able to become flesh and dwell among men.
- The unseen God, aka "our Father in Heaven," is “without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” and is a Spirit that cannot be seen.
- The two forms of God are together called Elohim because they are plural: A Father and a Son.
- God reveals Himself and shows His Eternal Power to all people. To “the just,” (Christian believers) our revelation arrives “from faith to faith”. God shows Himself to the unjust (ungodly people) differently. To them He reveals His wrath “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness!”
“…as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”
Jesus is the Firstborn Son of God and He is our example.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ… (Rom 816-17)”
As “joint-heirs with Christ” He “hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Posted by Clark Callear