The Godhead and the Number 3 (Part 1)
The number three is frequently
used in the scriptures in association with the bible subject of the
Godhead. As a matter of fact the word, Godhead, appears in the
bible exactly three times:
1. Rom. 1:20, 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..
2. Acts 17:29, Forasmuch then
as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the
Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and
3. Col. 2:9, For in him
dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
The Godhead is described for
us in 1 John 5:7, AFor
there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
One of the great mysteries of the ages has been how can three be
one. While we have great difficulty understanding how three can be
one, yet we know it to be true because the scriptures plainly
declare it is so. Furthermore, according to the first reference
above God has placed the mark of the Godhead on the things that God
has made. He has declared unto us that what we can understand of
the Godhead can be understood by looking at the things which God has
made. Ps. 19:1, AThe
heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his
Let us now take a look at
natural creation and see if we can see the mark of the Godhead on
those things which God has made. First, we live in a universe (uni
= one) that can be measured with three parameters, time, space, and
matter. Each of these three parameters have three parts. Time is
measured in past, present, and future. For instance, in showing the
ever present, eternal, unchanging nature of the Lord, he is declared
by the scriptures to be the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
Space is three dimensional, height, width, and breadth so that we
dwell in a three dimensional universe. Matter exists in three and
only three states; solids, liquids, and gases. The building block
of matter is the atom. All matter is composed of atoms either
singularly or in combinations known as molecules. Every atom
consists of three subatomic elements known as protons, neutrons, and
electrons. These three elements make up for more than 99.9% of all
In addition we live in a world
with a great variety of colors. Yet there are three basic colors
from which all other colors are derived: red, blue, and yellow. By
combining these three basic colors in various combinations all other
colors can be formed.
Several times we read in the
scriptures that the life of the creature is in the blood. There are
three types of cells in blood: red blood cells, white blood cells,
and platelets. These three cells are essential for life. The red
blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to feed the cells of the
body. The white blood cells are essential in fighting various
viruses, diseases, and foreign materials that invade the body, and
platelets are essential to the clotting of blood when there is an
injury to the body, thus starting the repair and healing of body
In man the organ used for
hearing, the ear, consists of an inner ear, a middle ear, and an
outer ear. The middle ear consists of three bones that pick up
sound waves and converts them to vibrations that are translated into
The seed of life both in
plants and animals generally consist of three parts: outer covering,
food stuff, and germ. Thru this three part seed, life of the plants
and animals is reproduced.
According to 1 Thes. 5:23 man
consists of three parts: And the very God of peace sanctify you
wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be
preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We live in a solar system that
revolves around the sun which produces three major rays that are
essential for life: the heat ray produces the heat necessary for an
environment in which man can life; the light ray produces the light
by which we are able to navigate on this planet; and the actinic ray
is essential for oxidation thus driving the chemical reactions
necessary for life. It is also interesting to note that the planet
earth, the one in which God placed life, is the third planet from
Thus we may conclude that God
has placed the mark of the Godhead on the things in nature, which
God has made. In our next essay we will examine the mark of the
Godhead as it pertains to the types and shadows of the Old
The Godhead and the Number
3 (Part 2)
Three (Part II)
There are three that bear
record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and
these three are one.
This passage, from I John 5:7, declares unto us the three and one
Godhead While there are many things about the Godhead I do not
understand, the pattern of the Godhead is set forth for us
throughout the scriptures, especially in the types and shadows of
the Old Testament.
First, the scriptures as a
whole consist of sixty six books. The scriptures are divided into
the law, the prophets, and the letters. The first 22 books consist
of the law and the workings of the law. The next 22 books consist
of the prophets and fulfillment of the prophets. The last 22 books
contain the letters of the apostles.
When God declared he would
destroy the earth with a flood, he had Noah build an ark that
consisted of lower, second, and third stories. Thus it was one ark
with three stories. When God brought the flood waters upon the
earth, He opened the windows of heaven, broke up the fountains of
the great deep, and caused it to rain for 40 days and nights. Thus
the flood waters were from three sources. When Noah sought to find
out if the flood waters were abated, he sent forth a dove three
times. In type the dove was a figure of the church. She bore three
messages. The first message was that she found no rest for the
soles of her feet. There was no rest under the old law covenant.
Next, she bore the message of peace with an olive leaf plucked off.
Thus under the new covenant of worship the gospel is the gospel of
peace for God's sin-weary people. Third, the dove left the ark and
returned not again. In the morning of the resurrection God's
covenant people are leaving this earth to never return again. When
man came off the ark, God replenished the earth with the three sons
of Noah; Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Next, God made a covenant with
Abraham and confirmed it with Isaac, and Jacob. In this covenant
God promised to multiply their seed as three innumerable things:
dust of the earth, sand of the sea shore; and stars of heaven. In
Gal. 3:16 the seed of Abraham is declared to us to be Christ. The
multiplied seed is the elect which Rev. Chapter 7 declares to be a
great multitude which no man can number of every nation, kindred,
people, and tongue.
When Moses and children of
Israel crossed the Red Sea they journeyed three days and came
to the waters of Marah and they were bitter. God showed Moses a
tree which when he cast it into the waters, the waters were made
The tabernacle the children of
Israel built by God's pattern consisted of three parts: the outer
court, the holy place, and the most holy place. Similarly the
temple consisted of three major parts.
We are all familiar with Jonah
being swallowed by a great fish and how that he was three days and
nights in the great deep until God caused the whale to vomit him up
on dry ground. The Lord gave as a sign of his resurrection that as
Jonah was three days and three nights in the whales belly, then the
Son of man would be three days and three nights in the heart of the
Furthermore, the Lord gave the
children of Israel three feasts in which the males were to gather
and appear in the place which he would establish. These three
feasts were: the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of
tabernacles, and the feast of weeks.
When God delivered the
children of Israel from the great host in the days of Gideon he
chose out three hundred men and set them in three companies and by
these he set up the destruction of that great host of enemies that
were gathered against Israel.
When David numbered the children
of Israel and displeased God, God gave David three choices: three years
of famine; three months to be destroyed before their enemies; three days
the sword of the Lord, even the pestilence in the land, and the angel of
the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. There were
three choices and three was associated with each choice. The fact is
this was God's judgment and the Godhead was being manifest in this
Next we will look at the pattern
of threes surrounding the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Godhead and the Number 3
Three (Part III)
The mark of the Godhead is not
only found in the things in nature and in the things that God had
constructed (ark, tabernacle, temple) but it is especially manifest in
the events surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
Beginning with the time Jesus
separated James, Peter, and John to be with him in the garden of
Gethsemane we find numerous groupings of three that speaks to us to the
fact that God was in control of the events that took place in the death,
burial, and resurrection of Jesus:
1. This was the third time
recorded in the scriptures that Jesus had separated these three apostles
unto himself. The first time was when he raised the young maiden from
the dead. The second time was at the mount of transfiguration and now
the third time at the garden.
2. Next Jesus prayed the same
prayer three times in the garden.
3. When Jesus was taken to the
house of the high priest, Peter denied the Lord three times as Jesus had
said that he would.
4. There were three trials of
Jesus: at the high priest's house by the Sanhedrin court; before King
Herod; and before Pilate the governor.
5. There were three malefactors
associated with the crucifixion of Jesus: Barabbas who was let go, and
the two thieves who were crucified on either side of Jesus.
6. Jesus was crucified in the
midst of three.
7. Pilate had one saying written
in three languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Latin) above the head of Jesus on
the cross: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.)
8. Jesus was crucified at the
third hour of the day.
9. While Jesus hung on the cross
for six hours, there were three hours of light followed by three hours
of darkness over all the earth.
10. There were three women
specifically named Mary who stood at the feet of Jesus as he hung on the
11. Jesus lay in the grave for
three days and nights.
12. There were three angels
present at the grave of Jesus: the mighty angel who rolled back the
stone and sat on the stone and the two angels who appeared at the head
and foot of where Jesus had lain in the grave and had said, Why seek ye
the living among the dead, he is not here, he is risen as he said...
13. Jesus elicited from Peter an
affirmation of his love three times after his resurrection.
Next, we will look at
the church and the mark of the Godhead associated with the church.
The Godhead and the Number 3
Three (Part IV)
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...
According to 1 John 5:7, There are three that bear record in heaven, the
Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these three are one.
Based on the above we see that God has placed the mark of the Godhead
(three are one) on the things that God has made.
Jesus said in Matt. 16:18, upon
this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not
prevail against it.
The rock Jesus was referring to was the rock of revealed truth of his
self. The church is built on three aspects of Jesus:
1. Who he is: Verily God manifest
in the flesh; the Son of God; etc.
2. What he did: He saved his
people from their sins; he quickens or calls them to eternal life; he
changes their mortal body in the resurrection; he intercedes for them;
3. What he says: his word, the
In the Old Testament there were
three buildings that when completed were made manifest by a cloud
filling and surrounding the building, in which it was said, the glory of
the Lord filled the building.
These three buildings were the tabernacle in the wilderness, the temple
built in Solomon's day, and the building of Ezekiel's vision.
Similarly, three times in the book of Acts we read about the baptism of
the Holy Ghost. First, on the day of Pentecost the Spirit filled the
house where the church was gathered at Jerusalem. Next in the city of
Samaria (Acts chapter 8) when the apostles came down and laid their
hands on the people, they were filled with the Holy Ghost. Finally, at
the house of Cornelius when Peter preached unto the Gentiles the
Gentiles were baptized with the Holy Ghost (Acts 11:15, 16).
When someone comes seeking entry
into the church, they enter thru water baptism. Water baptism signifies
three things: the death, the burial, and the resurrection of the Lord
Jesus Christ. When someone is baptized he is baptized in the name of
the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
The worship service of the true
church is composed of three parts: singing, prayer, and preaching.
Likewise, the communion service as laid down for us in the scriptures
consists of three parts:
1. Eating the unleavened bread
which signifies the pure, perfect, sinless body of Christ.
2. Drinking the wine which
signifies the blood of Christ which he shed to redeem us from our sins.
3. Washing the disciples feet
which signify the humility required to serve one another and thus serve
In our worship service we are told
to sing and make melody in our hearts unto the Lord. Singing consists
of three parts: melody, harmony and rhythm. Similarly when we pray, we
pray with the unction and leadership of the Holy Spirit; we pray in the
name or authority of Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us; and we pray
unto the Father.
In conclusion, the Lord's church
which the Lord has built bears the image or mark of the Godhead, thus
identifying her maker and identifying her authenticity. May God be
glorified by her throughout all ages.
Seven Things God
Among the attributes
and characteristics of God, there are seven things that the scriptures
teach us that God cannot do. Because of these seven things the
purposes, work, and promises of God are sure. Sometimes you will hear
people say that God can do anything. Certainly he can do anything that
he purposes or set out to do.
The first thing that
God cannot do is lie. Tit. 1:2 "In hope of eternal life, which God,
that cannot lie, promised before the world began." Also, Heb. 6:17
"Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise
the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two
immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might
have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the
hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both
sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high
priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." We can rejoice in the
fact that God cannot lie. This makes the promises of God sure. God
cannot promise to do something and then fail to do that which he
promised. It simply is impossible for God to lie. Lying is not one of
The second thing that
God cannot do is change. Mal. 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I change not;
therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Also, James 1:17 "Every
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
turning." Because God cannot change, we know that he cannot change his
nature. He cannot be something other than what he is. He cannot change
his mind. He cannot change what he purposes to do. He cannot change
his covenant of redemption.
The third thing that
God cannot do is deny himself. By definition the word deny means to
contradict, i.e. disavow, reject, abnegate:--deny, refuse. 2 Tim. 2:13
"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself."
God cannot contradict, disavow, or reject his own character, purpose, or
works. God must act based on his sure characteristics and attributes.
Also he cannot refute or disavow or reject his stated purposes or
The fourth thing that
God cannot do is sin. Sin is defined as disobedience to the
commandment. Two verses of scripture taken together show us the
impossibility of God sinning. First, 1 John 3:9 "Whosoever is born of
God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot
sin, because he is born of God." That seed that remaineth in him is
said to be incorruptible as set forth in 1 Peter 1:23 "Being born again,
not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which
liveth and abideth for ever." Thus God has an incorruptible nature in
which he is totally incapable of sinning.
The fifth thing that
God cannot do is be tempted with evil. James 1:13 "Let no man say when
he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil,
neither tempteth he any man." Regardless of the evil that goes on in
the world, Jesus Christ could not be tempted to do any of it. Satan
tried to tempt him, the Pharisees tried to tempt him, the Sadducees
tried to tempt him, the lawyers and scribes tried to tempt him, the
Council and local government officials tried to tempt him, but he could
not be tempted with evil. It is not in his nature to be tempted with
The sixth and seventh
things that God cannot do are stated in Is. 42:4 "He shall not fail nor
be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles
shall wait for his law." God cannot fail. Everything God sets forth to
do he will do because he simply cannot fail. It is not in his nature to
fail. It is just impossible for him to fail. Furthermore, he cannot be
discouraged and give up. No task is so difficult for him that he will
become discouraged and give the task up. He will accomplish his will
These seven things
that God cannot do assure us of the certainty of every promise, purpose
and work of God being fulfilled.