In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.—Genesis 1:1
How can the very first verse of the Bible be a case for assumption? The Hebrew word translated “God” is “Elohim” which is the plural of “Eloha“. Thus, one might assume plurality of gods; other verses from the same book of Genesis used to back up this claim are Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:22, and Genesis 11:7 where the word “us” is used when God speaks.
However, we will look through the pages of scriptures to determine the true nature of God.
Is God One, Two, Three or Seven?
15. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.—Isaiah 57:15
In Eternity past, before there was ever a beginning, only ONE inhabited Eternity. We see the records of the beginning given to us in John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1. However, if we look closely, we’ll see that “in the beginning” of John 1:1 comes before that of Genesis 1:1. I’ll ask that you follow closely here.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.—John 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.—Genesis 1:1
The scriptures never said “in eternity” but “in the beginning”—also it never said “Jesus” but it said “Word”. Traditionally, people have interpreted John 1:1 to say “In eternity was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.” To read it thus would be to turn the scriptures upside down because the scriptures isn’t interpreted by law of substitution nor any other laws derived by human knowledge. The scriptures has recorded answers to every scriptural questions hence the inference made above is contrary to what the Bible teaches.
Another verse used to support this claim is Proverbs 8:22-23,
22. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.—Proverbs 8:22-23
23. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
It is contended that the above verse speaks of Jesus being in eternity with God. The instances of US in Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image…” Genesis 3:22 “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us … “ and Genesis 11:7 “Go to, let us go down…” make it look as if God was talking to another god or gods. The spurs a question which we’re going to answer, who was God talking to? It was none other than his tried and tested angelic beings.
1. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.—Isaiah 6:1-8
2. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
6. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7. And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
In Isaiah 6:1-8, God used the word “us” again: however, contextually, this “us” refers to God and his train (Angels) (vs 1). Rather than assume that God was speaking to other gods (majorly inferred as the Son and The Holy Spirit), we should align our assumption with the revelation contained in Isaiah 6:1-8 for consistency. Genesis 1:27 clearly states that “God created man in His own image…” emphasizing that creation was the work of One Divine Being.
The Word of God
We must understand the term “The Word” (Grk: Logos, Heb: Dabar), before we can proceed. In Genesis 1:26, God was not talking or counselling with two other gods namely the Son and the Holy Spirit. God created all things for HIS own good pleasure (Revelation 4:11). HE purposed in HIMSELF (Ephesians 1:9) “all things after the counsel of HIS own will” (Ephesians 1:11). He commanded the children of Israel that they should have no gods before Him (Deuteronomy 5:7). Like we have said before, nothing is Eternal, except the great Eternal Spirit which is known as ELOHIM.
This appears in plural but denotes His Supreme majesty and greatness, for in Him is contained attributes being revealed—Fatherhood, Creator, Healer, Saviour etc.
In connection with ELOHIM, the word YAHWEH (YHWH) is used. YHWH means the “The self-sufficient one”. Yahweh relates Himself to man whom He has created and was the visible appearance of Elohim in a theophany (appearing of God) through a WORD body. It is Elohim who made Himself known as Yahweh. In the New Testament, when YAHWEH came to manifest Himself in human flesh, He took the name YAHSHUA. The WORD is the visible aspect of the Invisible God and this does not make him another God (John 1:1).
When God finished counselling in Himself in eternity past (God and His thoughts), the expression of his thoughts, “birthed” the LOGOS (Spirit BODY not mere TALK). Mind you, God spoke His thoughts through this WORD BODY. This is that Word which John said was in the beginning. Yes, that WORD is the beginning of the creation of God (Revelations 3:14). The spirit of the Sonship of God was in the WORD. It was that Angel of His Presence (Exodus 33:14, Exodus 23:20-23, Isaiah 63:9). It is this same WORD that was with God in the beginning, that became flesh (John 1:14). Whenever the LOGOS went forth from God, IT would return unto HIM after accomplishing ITS mission. It was the FULL PREFIGURATION OF CHRIST. The Rock that followed them was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4).
God is not a Person; He is the Holy Spirit
19. God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?—Numbers 23:19
15. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:—Deuteronomy 4:15-16
16. Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.—John 4:24
The above verses clearly reveal that God is not a person. Scripture clearly teaches that God is invisible (Colossians 1:15, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Timothy 6:16). Will the father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9) be a person? NO.
18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.—Matthew 1:18
35. 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.—Luke 1:35
We can see here that God the Father is The Holy Spirit (John 17:11, John 4:24). Scriptures says Mary was found with child of the Holy Ghost; and that who she was to give birth to shall be called the Son of God. This makes God the Father, the Holy Ghost.
God is One!
4. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:—Deuteronomy 6:4
29. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:—Mark 12:29
35. Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him.—Deuteronomy 4:35
5. I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:—Isaiah 45:5
The above verses clearly reveal that God is ONE and that there is none else beside HIM.
8. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.—Isaiah 44:8
The problem is that man wants to teach God what God doesn’t know, and if God, being all-knowing, says that He doesn’t know a thing, then it implies that such thing never existed, is not existing and will never exist.
Remember Oh theologians that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. Other scriptures backing up the claim that God is ONE are: Isaiah 43:10-11, Isaiah 44:6, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Timothy 2:5. Even the devils believe there is ONE God (James 2:19).
The Son of God
Plenty Old Testament prophecies spoke about the coming of the Son Of God (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6). As a matter of fact, it was God who first prophesied about the coming Son of God, which is The Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3:15). The term “Son Of God” does not mean son as in the way human relationship is, as this will point us to look for the Wife of God. The problem is that man is looking at man in order to understand God, instead of looking at God, in order to understand man.
The term “Son Of God” refers to THE MAN (flesh) that GOD tabernacled in. It refers to the fleshy covering for God. Prophet Isaiah spoke of it as the arm of the Lord
1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?—Isaiah 53:1
5. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.—Isaiah 63:5
The Jews understood this perfectly
33. The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.—John 10:33-36
34. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36. Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
Watch their statement in verse 33, “thou being a man, makest thyself God” The truth concerning The Son Of God is that: He is begotten and not Eternal (Psalms 2:7). All sons must have a beginning (more or less a birth). A body was prepared (Hebrews 10:5) and at River Jordan, God the Father, which is the Holy Ghost was pleased to dwell in that body (Matthew 3:16-17, Colossians 1:19, Colossians 2:9). Hence we can now talk of the mystery of Godliness.
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.—1 Timothy 3:16
Compare Isaiah 43:11 and Matthew 1:21
11. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.—Isaiah 43:11
21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.—Matthew 1:21
1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.—Malachi 3:1
With spiritual understanding, we can read the above verse as: “Behold, I (God) will send my messenger (John), and he shall prepare the way (Jesus) before me: and the Lord (God), whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple (Jesus), even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Let us consider some statements of Jesus Christ
Definitely, this could not have been the man Jesus that was born some 30 years ago before He made that statement. Who did Abraham meet as Melchizedek (Genesis 14)? Who came to visit Abraham in Genesis 18? Whoever that being was, he was now in the body Of Jesus. Also the fact that He didn’t use “Thus Saith The Lord” but rather “Verily, verily I say unto you” reveals that He is not a mere-prophet but that He is The God-Prophet. He is called The Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6) and He clearly told Philip that if you have seen Him, you have seen the Father—who is God, that invisible Spirit (John 14). Jesus never pre-existed his birth (Psalms 2:7; Matthew 1:18) not as an angel, nor as a Son. There is no such thing as Eternal son, because sons are begotten. Also, the man Jesus is not equal with the Eternal Father (John 14:28). Truth is we must never fail to see the DUAL nature of Jesus Christ.
Some may argue that if Jesus was God, why did he pray to God?
27. Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?—Jeremiah 32:27
2. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.—Psalms 65:2
So we see, Jesus can pray to the God of ALL flesh who is His father, because God hears prayer.
The Right Hand of God
We must know what the right hand of God means else, we may go on assuming that there are two (or maybe three) thrones in heaven with Jesus Christ literally sitting on the right hand of God our Father.
2. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.—Revelation 4:2
You see that there is ONE throne and ONE sat on it. The description of that “one who sat on the throne” reveals it is Jesus Christ (Revelation 4:3). First, we must understand the nature of God’s throne.
God is invisible (Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17)
God is omnipresent (Psalms 139:7-8)
1. Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?—Isaiah 66:1
48. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,—Acts 7:48
God says Heaven is His throne and He does not dwell in temples made with hands. By this truth, we know that the invisible God does not have a physical throne of furniture or gold, but rather HEAVEN is His throne, for God can not be contained in limited space.
6. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.—Exodus 15:6
We see all through the Old Testament that power is attributed to the right hand of God (read the Psalms). Also in Revelation 1, we see seven stars in the right hand of Jesus Christ; this speaks of God’s mercy to the gentiles in sending them seven angels/messengers over the space of 2,000 years. Thus, the right hand of God speaks of HIS Power and Mercy.
62. And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.—Mark 14:62-64
63. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
64. Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.
Why did the Jews get mad at Jesus statement in verse 62? Definitely it was not about Jesus staying on the literal right hand of God but Jesus being vested with the Power and Authority of God (Matthew 28:18, 1 Peter 3:22). Let us consider Stephen’s account:
55. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,—Acts 7:55-59
56. And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
59. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Literally, one would say, you see, there is it, Jesus standing on the right hand of God, that makes it two. But then, we must look critically to see the truth. In verse 59, we see Stephen praying to God, but what did he actually say? “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He could have said to the two beings to receive his spirit if really there were two, or why would he neglect one? This is because there was only one being and that is The Lord Jesus Christ.
Let me ask a kind question here, if Jesus was God the Son, why was he made LORD (Acts 2:36). Also, if He was separate from God, why didn’t He ask for His own personal glory which He had before the world was (John 17:5)?.
This was the same way it was assumed at Nicaea Council at around 325A.D. Constantine had just declared freedom of religion and people started looking into matters pertaining the Godhead, this birthed the doctrine of Trinity (Read the Athanasian Creed). Satan is the original trinity because he is a father (John 8:44), a son (Isaiah 14:12) and he is a spirit, being created originally as the angel—Lucifer (Ezekiel 28:15).
I conclude this section by saying authoritatively by scriptures that there is ONE God, ONE throne, ONE face, ONE name and ONE person (Zechariah 14:9; 2 Corinthians 4:6).