Salvation Package – Lesson 1 Understanding the Godhead
God from eternity to eternity
The Mystery of the Godhead
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
I Timothy 3:16
The godhead is a mystery by design.
Why the mystery?
Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
A parable reveals truth to some while hiding truth from others, depending on whether the individual loves the truth or not.
Seek and you shall find.
Their eyes they have closed
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Unbelief is an exercise of the free will.
The Godhead is a parable
These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father.
The words proverb and parable are the same word in the Greek—Paroimia (John 10:6)
The Godhead can be understood
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, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
God’s power and Godhead can be clearly seen.
Question #1: How many Gods are there?
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.
God is one—The cornerstone of all truth
None else beside Him
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
No God with Him
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
No God before Him
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
No God will be formed after Him.
None like Him
Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
II Samuel 7:22
Even devils know there is only one God
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
This truth of one God scares devils and makes them tremble.
None other God, but one
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
I Corinthians 8:4
Notice: This is the New Testament.
Conclusion: There is one and only one God
Question #2: Is Jesus God?
Prophesied Messiah will be God
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Child born will be the Mighty God
Son will be everlasting Father
Jesus: God with us
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
The Alpha and the Omega is the Almighty
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Revelation 1:10-11, 18
I am he that liveth, and was dead.
Jesus is the Almighty.
The keys of hell and death
Satan did have the power of death
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Jesus came forth from the grave with the keys of hell and death.
The law of sin and death
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Law of sin and death reigned from Adam until Christ
Satan broke the law of sin and death by killing Jesus.
Freedom from law of sin and death
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The biggest mistake Satan ever made was when he broke the law of sin and death.
Death penalty revoked
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Jesus’ death pays our debt when we are baptized in his name.
We were on death row, but we have been pardoned by the King of kings!
If they had known the mystery
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.
1 Corinthians 2:7-8
They didn’t understand the mystery of godliness.
Satan didn’t realize that Jesus was going to be God Himself.
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Satan’s revelation: That wasn’t just the Son of God. That was God Almighty. We couldn’t kill God!
Peter given the keys to kingdom
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Jesus gave Peter the keys of death and hell.
What shall we do?
Peter remembered the keys.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Satan: Peter just said that sins are paid for when you are baptized in Jesus name!
We’ve got to stop people from being baptized in that name!
Birth of the mystery of iniquity
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:7
God fooled us with the mystery of godliness for 4,000 years.
We’ll fool the people with the mystery of iniquity for the next 2,000 years.
Nicea: Took the name out of baptism
What is the mystery of iniquity?
If the mystery of godliness is the fact that God is one, what is the mystery of iniquity?
The mystery of iniquity is belief that God is three.
If the cornerstone of all truth is “Here O Israel, the Lord our God is one,” then the cornerstone of all deception is Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is three.
Saul of Tarsus—Who art thou, Lord?
…he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
I am Jesus.
Jesus is the only wise God
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
There is only one God and Jesus is that one God Question #3: Is the Holy Ghost God?
Who was the Father of Jesus?
mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
If the Holy Ghost and the Father are separate persons, then the Father was not the father.
Jesus: The Son of God
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
We know the Holy Ghost was the father of Jesus; therefore, the Holy Ghost is God.
Understanding the Godhead
God: From Eternity to Eternity
Timeline of the human experience
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
What was before the beginning?
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.
God in the Old Testament
Walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden
Ate with Abraham
Appeared to Moses
With the 3 Hebrew children in the fiery furnace
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
God looked for an intercessor
This expression was inadequate
God could not be tempted
He had never been tired
He had never felt pain
He had never wept
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.
Word was still God
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. Colossians 1:19
Jesus ascends to heaven
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet…And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
1 Corinthians 15:24-28
God—All in all
Jesus’ instructions for baptism
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
We can’t obey this until we know the NAME of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Name of the Son
Name of the Father?
Name of God in the Old Testament?
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? Genesis 32:29
Parents of Samson
And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
Name of God was kept secret in the Old Testament
Name of the Father
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
The name of the Father is Jesus.
Show us the Father
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
When you have seen me, you have seen the Father.
Name of the Holy Ghost
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.
The name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus.
The disciples obeyed Matthew 28:19
They baptized in the NAME of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, which was Jesus.
Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, Acts 19:5
Is Jesus in the Godhead or Is the Godhead in Jesus?
For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9
Salvation Package—Lesson 1 Quiz
Understanding the Godhead
1.The mystery of godliness deals with a. How to be holy b. How to enter the kingdom of God c. The Godhead d. None of the above _________________
2.What does Emmanuel mean? __________________________________
3.What keys did Jesus have when He rose from the dead? ____________
4.Can the Godhead be understood?_____________________________
5.Why did God keep His name secret in the Old Testament? __________
6.What is the cornerstone of all truth? _____________________________
7.How did Peter use the keys to the kingdom on the day of Pentecost?
8.What did Thomas call Jesus when Jesus showed him His hands and His side? _______________________________________________________
9.Name the council at which the Roman Church changed the formula for baptism. _____________________________________________________
10.The parents of Samson asked their angelic visitor His name. What did He tell them? _____________________________________________________
11.Is Jesus in the Godhead or Is the Godhead in Jesus? ________________