Godhead and the Bride of Christ
Godhead is an interesting term and a mystery to most. To the Bride of Jesus Christ the godhead is no longer a mystery. He is her head, her Bridegroom. She is part of him, flesh of his flesh, blood of his blood, bone of his bone. But to those who have not yet been born again, who do not know Jesus Christ personally, even though they may have been attending a “church” for many years, the godhead remains a complete mystery. In fact many have not even heard the term “godhead” ever spoken in their Churches.
Please bear with me hear and forgive my ramblings. I believe I might be able, by the grace of God, to shed some new light for you on this mystery of the godhead.
It All Starts with Revelation
Jesus spoke to us in parables. So much so that the apostles questioned him on the practice. He told them in
Matthew 13: 11 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.
And in Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to other in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
And more particularly in Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables 12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Revelation, you see, is only given to the elect, to the Bride of Christ. It is only given to those with a desire for it. Jesus told us:
Matthew 7: 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
As your read this, please seek, knock and ask of the Lord for his revelation. Don’t take my word for anything. I am just a man. Take God’s word. Seek the revelation of it through the Holy Spirit. Seek and ye SHALL find. Knock and it SHALL be opened. Ask and it SHALL be given.
The Mystery of the Godhead
So, taking this into consideration let us start by having a look at what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew about baptism.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of he Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Look at exactly what he said. He directed us to baptize in the “name”. That is singular; one name. He did not say names, plural, but one singular name. And he did not say titles either. Father is not a name, it is a title. So is son. And holy ghost, that is not even a title but more of a description. I am a father. I am also a son. I am also an engineer. But neither of those are my “name”. They are just titles I hold. Jesus specifically told us to baptize in the “name”. So then how do we baptize? We must find out what the “NAME” is that Jesus was talking about.
See, even this scripture was given to us in a parable without direct revelation. This is very similar to when he said “if you don’t eat my flesh and drink my blood you cannot be my disciple”. He did not give an immediate explanation there, and the apostles didn’t even get it until the night of the Lord’s Supper when he broke the bread and passed the wine. They believed it but did not know what exactly they were believing. At the Lord’s supper he explained it and revealed unto them what the body and blood of the Lord meant.
Then we have been handed another puzzle. It is the mystery of the godhead. But the answer, the revelation, MUST be in the Word or he never would have said it.
Isaiah 9:6 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.
That should settle it for us right there. The “son” was born. His “name” is also “the everlasting Father” and the “councillor”. Do you see it yet? There are three offices of one God. God above us, God with us, God in us. There were three jobs that needed to be done, but the only one capable of doing them was the Lord God himself. So he manifested himself in three separate offices to fulfill the word. But lets take it a little further for the word says let nothing be established but before two or three witnesses.
Matthew 1: 20 While he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Well isn’t this marvellous? We find that the angel tells Joseph that Mary’s baby is conceived of the “holy ghost”. What???? I thought that the father of Jesus was God the Father, and here we see plainly that the “holy ghost” is named as the father of Jesus. So then either God the Father is the self same person as the Holy Ghost or Jesus has two fathers, and that would make him a bastard and not a son. I’m not sacrilegious or blasphemous here, I am pointing out a basic truth. It has to be one way or the other. Either the Lord God Jehovah Father IS the Holy Spirit, or there is something completely wrong.
John 14: 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father and it sufficeth us. 9 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?
That is pretty plain english to me. When you see Jesus, you see the Father. Compare that with Isaiah 9:6 for reference. Jesus therefore is the Father in flesh. They are one and the same. They are not two separate entities, or two separate persons. They are two manifestations of the ONE person.
Now we see Jesus doing something else. Later in this chapter when speaking of the Holy Spirit we find him interchanging titles all over the place. Watch and see.
John 14:16 and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with your for ever. 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; which 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. (Who was dwelling with them? Jesus. See here he says the spirit is coming but then in the next verse) 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (so then who is coming? The spirit or him? They are one and the same person. Then we see him say) 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandment, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (Saying it is him again but then he says) 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him, ( so now it is both the father and son. but then he turns and says) 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ( See now it is just the Holy Ghost again “in his name”, refer once again to Isaiah but then) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. (See here he again says he is coming but then says he is going to the Father.)
Then we can add to that these two scriptures:
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
So who is the mediator then, Jesus or the Holy Spirit? Either Jesus Christ IS the Holy Spirit or the Bible is wrong and self contradictory. It not only says that Jesus is the mediator, it says that he is the “ONLY” mediator. Then it says that the Holy Spirit makes intercession. The only way for these two scriptures to agree is if Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit.
Look at this:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…….14 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. 15 John bare witness of him and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And Jesus speaking:
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was I AM.
Jesus plainly told us that He is the great I AM and that he and Abraham saw each other. When?
Genesis 14: 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 and he blessed him, and said Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand, and he gave him tithes of all.
So who was this Melchizedek that met Abraham?
Hebrews 7: 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of Peace; 3 Without father or mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God, abideth a priest continually.
And then also we can look at :
1 Timothy 3:16 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.
“God was manifest in the flesh”. God was “justified in the Spirit”. God was “seen of angels”. God was preached unto the gentiles”. God was “believed on in the world”. God was “received up into glory”. All those things speak of the Lord Jesus Christ and yet the Bible calls him “God”. That is the mystery of the godhead. That is also the revelation of the godhead.
And discerning what someone would think and say in advance, the Lord directed my by his spirit to point out that the word “God” here comes from the Greek “Theos”. Theos defines the person spoken of here as God the Father, Jehovah, Elohim, the great I AM. So speaking specifically of Theos, the Bible describes the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And as well this scripture:
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
WHOA!! Who died for us??? I though Jesus died for us. The son died on the cross. But here it clearly says that GOD died for us. So then Jesus Christ MUST be God or the scripture doesn’t run true. I know, it is hard to break through the trinity dogma that you have been beaten over the head with all your life. But just stop and look at the word. Look at what the Bible says. It is clear. Don’t take my word for it, seek, ask and knock. Seek the revelation from the Lord.
And we can also add this scripture:
John 5:43 I come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not; if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
He came in his father’s name. I came in my father’s name. His last name was Brake and guess what, so is mine. Jesus came in his Father’s name.
Baptism and the Mystery of the Godhead
So then where does this all lead us? Right back to where we started. What is the One “name” by which we should be baptized, which is the “name” of the Father, and is also the “name” of the Son (same name) and is also the “name” of the Holy Spirit (same name again)? What is the ONE name for all three? What is the name of the godhead?
Acts 2:38 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 Spirit, 39 for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
So there you have it. The reason the trinitarians baptize in titles is:
1) they do not have the revelation of the godhead,
2) they do not have the revelation of Matthew 28:19.
3) They choose to ignore acts 2;38-39.
4) They choose to ignore the fact that the only Christian baptism found in scriptures, in Church history, or even in secular history, was in accordance with Acts 2:38-39 until Rome brought in their heresies at the Nicene Council of 325 AD.
They have the parable, but as we saw earlier, without the revelation of the godhead they will be lost. Without revelation the word becomes a dead letter. That is why there are over 1,000 denominations, all preaching out of the same book, all disagreeing. They don’t have the same spirit. So which church is right? NONE of them! Only Jesus Christ is right. It don’t matter where you fellowship. Those organizations are not Churches. They are simply lodges. You and I are the Church. The Church is the people, the called out ones. The only truth is the Bible. The one true God and eternal life is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the mystery, the revelation and manifestation of the godhead bodily.
In fact there is only one baptism that God accepts and that is the baptism in Acts 2:38. Without it we have no remission of sins, and without it we will not receive the Holy Spirit.
Let me leave you with one final example from the scriptures. There was a man, a lawyer, who had started preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible even goes so far as to call him a “mighty preacher”. This man was persuading men to receive the Lord Jesus and their Lord and Saviour. He had a small but growing congregation of dedicated souls. This man had run across two noted Christians, Aquila and Priscilla. They led the Apostle Paul to go to one of his meetings.
Acts 19: And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.
So here was a church, with its pastor, all Christians all baptized by John the Baptist. Yet they had not received the Holy Spirit. They were living sanctified lives. They had repented. They had done more than most Christians today. They were perfectly sincere and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the Lord had refused to fill them with the Holy Spirit. They did not yet have the revelation of the godhead.
Now when the Apostle and Prophet Paul came to visit, the Holy Spirit in him discerned that something was not quite right. So he, led by the spirit, asked them how they were baptized. That was the problem. They were baptized. They were even baptized by John the Baptist, the man who baptized the Lord Jesus Christ. He was also the man who Jesus said was the greatest of all the prophets. Yet that was not good enough.
They had to be rebaptized in accordance with Acts 2:38-39 which is the revelation of Matthew 28:19.
Apollos immediately obeyed the Word of the Lord. He received the revelation of who Jesus Christ is, of the godhead, and the Holy Spirit of promise. Not only did he obey, his entire congregation followed him into the water to be baptized in full immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
Why could Apollos not receive the Holy Spirit? He had not fulfilled the requirements. The Lord gave us a requirement. He expected the 120 in the upper room to obey it, the 3,000 on the day of Pentecost to obey it, Apollos and his congregation to obey it. He also requires you and I to obey it.
That revelation of the proper and only acceptable baptism is also the revelation of the godhead.
It is not three persons, a committee. It is ONE God, ONE person, the Lord Jesus Christ, manifested in three offices to fulfill God’s plan of salvation for humanity.
If it still isn’t real to you, please, please, I beg of you, pray over it. Fast and pray, read the scriptures over and over until the Lord God himself reveals the truth to you in his word by his Holy Spirit. Do you not wonder why the Bible never says “three persons”, never says “trinity” but always says “one true God”? Because there is only ONE, manifesting three offices. Jesus Christ is the manifestation of the fulness of the godhead bodily.
Pray and seek and the Lord will reveal it.
God Bless you richly.