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GOD THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST HIS SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT 

The context of Old Testament Scripture, (the Jewish Scriptures or Tanakh,) makes it clear that Jesus Christ, fully revealed in the New Testament, is the Prophesied One, the Hebrew Christ, Savior ‘Messiah,’ Who was still expected during the Old Testament dispensation.  Jews have no excuse to reject Jesus as the prophesied Hebrew Christ, or to reject the Scriptural Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Old Testament Scripture is riddled with proof of what I am saying.  Moreover, the Tanakh’s prophecy concerning the Messiah was FULFILLED exactly as foretold.  The Tenakh testifies to the truth that the Hebrew Christ came that day when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament’s prophecies through His birth, life, miraculous works, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension! 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT 

Isa. 63:7-15: “So He became their Savior…  [God became a man; indwelling the human body of the Lord Jesus Christ.]  But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit... The Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest...” 

Isa. 11 was fulfilled in Mt. 3:16-17, [Jesus, anointed by the Holy Spirit,] “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse… [Jesus the Christ,] The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord…” 

Isa. 48:16-22, [The Scriptural Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,] “The Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me.  Thus says the Lord [Yehovah] your Redeemer [Jesus Christ,] the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God…” Jesus God Himself is the prophesied and promised Savior or “Messiah” of Old Testament Hebrews too! 

Isa. 32:15, “Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high… [which was fulfilled at Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension!]” 

Ps. 51:11, “Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me…” 

Jesus is Melchizedek.  Melchizedek is High Priest according to the eternal, Divine Order of Melchizedek, Who met Abraham returning from war, (Gen. 14:18-20.)  He is also the eternal King of Salem or King of Peace, without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, BUT MADE [TO LOOK] LIKE THE SON OF GOD [Jesus, or God Himself, by ‘taking on flesh’ or becoming a complete human man…]” (Heb. 7:1-9.) 

Jesus’ virgin birth: Is. 7:14.  “The Lord Himself will give you a sign… The virgin shall conceive…” 

Jesus’ birth and Old and New Testament Name as GOD: Is. 9:6, “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His Name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, MIGHTY GOD, Everlasting FATHER, Prince of Peace…”  In the New Testament too, in Rev. 1:8 and 15:3, Jesus is called “the Lord God ALMIGHTY!” 

Born from the tribe of Judah: Micah 5:2-9, “[From] Judah shall come forth... The One to be Ruler in Israel…” 

The flight to Egypt: Hos. 11:1; Mat. 2:15, “Out of Egypt I CALLED MY SON…” 

Jesus’ ministry of miracles: Is. 35:4-6, “...He will come and save you.  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened… the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped… lame shall leap… tongue of the dumb shall sing…” 

Jesus’ redemptive suffering, death, and burial — all fulfilled in the New Testament: Is. 53:3-12, “He [shall be] despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief… surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…  He was bruised for our iniquities.  The chastisement for our peace was upon Him.  And by His stripes, we are healed.  For the transgressions of My people, He was stricken, and they made His grave with the wicked.  But with the rich at His death… (fulfilled, Mt. 27:57-60.) ” 

Jesus’ last words to the Father: Ps. 22:1, fulfilled in Mt. 27:46.   

Not one of His bones were broken: Ps. 34:20, fulfilled in Jn. 19:33. 

His side was pierced: Zech. 1210, fulfilled in Jn. 18:34. 

Darkness came over the earth when Jesus died: Amos 8:9, fulfilled in Mt. 27:45. 

Jesus had risen from the dead: God did not abandon Him in the grave, (Sheol,) Ps. 16:10, fulfilled in John 20 and other passages, and described throughout the New Testament. 

Jesus ascended into heaven: Ps. 68:18; fulfilled as described in Acts 1:9.   

 

THE TRULY SCRIPTURAL BUT FORGOTTEN (OR OPPRESSED) NEW TESTAMENT TERM, “THE GODHEAD” 

The word ‘trinity’ as well as its true meaning is not found anywhere in the Bible.

It might be news to Scripture-twisting Modulists, (Pentecostal Oneness or Jesus Only members in all their various forms,) and Unitarians such as Jehovah Witnesses, but it is a fact that both the Old and the New Testaments are permeated with the clear understanding that Jesus the Son of God is not a creature of God as the angels are, or a mere human being that died and rests buried in His grave.  Neither is the Holy Spirit a characterless “title,” a mere “manifestation” or “attribute” of God’s “presence” (such and wind and fire,) but God Himself!  So, Who Is the True, One God of the Bible really, Whom Scripture defines as “the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?”  (And please remember, I am not interested in drawing my own conclusions.  I am only interested in the Real Truth, found in the full context of Biblical Scripture; nothing less, nothing more.) 

The first sincere believers, who lived as contemporaries of Paul and other early disciples, ‘naturally’ accepted the truth concerning the One God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Whom New Testament Bible writers called “The Godhead.”  Nevertheless, Paul knew there would always be legalistic, (meaning, ‘salvation must be achieved ‘progressively’ through the observance of church ritualism and manmade dogma,’) argumentative, and traditional manmade views, which would withstand and pervert the truth concerning the Being, Name, Nature or Character, and Word of God to lead astray the believers of Christ.  No Bible writer ever tried to dissect or ‘clarify’ the One God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as Christians did in later years.  The term ‘trinity,’ (as we will see, is taught in the doctrine of Roman Catholics where “mother” Mary is the feminine Holy Spirit,) does not exist in Scripture. 

In the whole of the New Testament, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is simply called “Godliness” or “The Godhead.” 

Consequently, in my earnest attempt to understand more about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the SCRIPTURES, and without resorting to manmade doctrines, which try to explain the unexplainable Being of God in human terms, the only Scriptural yet greatly ignored expression of the “mystery of godliness” is the Biblical term, “The Godhead,” (Col. 2:9-10.)  I could not find any other Scriptural ‘description’ of the Bible’s One God.  Furthermore, when we look at the indescribable wonders of creation, we get a glimpse of The [inexpressible] Godhead, the Creator of heaven and earth.  However, as God is so much higher than any of His created beings, we still see “dimly, as in a mirror, and understand as a child, for we know in part and prophesy [or, in this case explain only] in part,” (1 Cor. 13:9-12.)  As long as our human, flesh-bound minds remain incapable of comprehending the unfathomable “mystery of godliness,” our tongues too, will remain unable to clarify the “The [Scriptural] Godhead.” 

· In Rom. 1:20, Paul attempted to bring some insight into the New Testament’s revealed “mystery of godliness,” or God’s Infinite Being.  He wrote, “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, [this means, God’s unseen existence, and supernatural and limitless power - qualities, which can be attributed to the Almighty God alone, can be understood somewhat by looking at the incredibly meticulous wonders of His creation.  In addition, by understanding that God is all-powerful, super-intelligent and omnipresent, we also begin to understand] His eternal power and Godhead, [His Infinite Being,] so that [those who reject the Scriptural Godhead] are without excuse…” 

· Paul declared explicitly in 1 Tim. 3:15-16, “Without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness, [or the mystery of God’s Being, which was obscured in prophesy during the Old Testament dispensation, but which was clarified and fulfilled in the New Testament through the human man Jesus Christ:] God was manifested [revealed or shown] in the flesh…” [Thus, the human man Jesus is] the “express image of [God’s] Person [or of God Himself…]” - (Heb. 1:3.)  In modern terminology, we can say that the Man Jesus was and is an exact Photograph of the previously, unseen, Old Testament God because Jesus is, always was, and always will be God Himself. 

· In Col. 2:8-10, Paul continued to teach on the “mystery of Godliness,” or the Divine Being of the God, Who was revealed in the flesh when He became the Man Jesus Christ, “Beware [watch out,] lest anyone cheat you through philosophy, [manmade ideas, beliefs, and church doctrines] and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, [or inherited “church father” interpretations;] according to the basic principles of the world, [widely accepted theories, assumptions, and Christianized pagan dogmas] and not according to Christ.  For in Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] ALL the fullness of The Godhead Bodily; and [sincere disciples of Jesus] are complete in Him, [for you do not need any other ‘mediator’ or so-called way of enlightenment, salvation, redemption, and blessing except Jesus,] Who is the Head of all principality and power,” (Col. 2:8-10.)  Thus, according to contextual Scriptural truth, the expression, “The Godhead” allows us some human understanding of “the image of [the unfathomable] God, in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, [present tense].”  The Risen Jesus Christ, God Himself, is the “Image of God,” Who lives eternally as the inseparable, inseverable, omnipresent, and omnipotent Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! 

· As a result, heaven or the throne of The Omnipresent Godhead, Who indwelt or took on the full form of the man Jesus, could never have been “empty” while Jesus lived as a human being here on earth, while He was atoning for all of humanity’s sin on the cross, or while He walked the earth after His resurrection; awaiting His ascension.  Now, the “fullness of the Godhead” still “dwells bodily” in Jesus’ resurrected human body in heaven.  The inseparable Godhead is ever-present.  He is present everywhere in the whole universe ALL the time — yet He indwelt and still indwells the Man Jesus Christ!  

· When we view The Godhead in the light of the contextual truth of the entire Bible, we cannot separate the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit from one another into three different gods, “substances,” “manifestation,” or entities, and declare that either is God without the Other, or that either functions or exists individually or apart from the Other. 

 

The following examples are all used to ‘explain’ the unexplainable Godhead, thus, we were all taught to say, “To separate Divine Union or ‘Agreement’ between the three separate and distinctly different Divine Persons called the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, would be like separating the light and heat from the actual planet of the sun and declare that the heat is the sun, or the light is the sun, or the planet by itself is the sun.  [Note that the light, heat and planet of the sun are not ‘agreement!’  Inseparably or together, they are the sun!]  Water is ‘one,’ yet it manifests itself in liquid, ice, and vapour.  [Same thing as the example of the sun.]  Time is ‘one,’ yet it manifests as past, present and future.  Electricity is ‘one,’ but it manifests as motion, light, and heat.  The universe is ‘one,’ yet composed of three basic elements space, matter, and time.”  Sounds ‘logical,’ but all these examples are really illogic in this futile attempt to explain the inseparable Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as merely being in ‘agreement with one another.’  The Godhead is Creator of all these things, and we can know for certain that God can never be compared to any of His creatures or anything in His creation!  Neither does The Godhead merely “manifest” (or show) Himself as the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, as Pentecostal Oneness or Jesus Only say.  In Scriptural truth, The [unexplainable] Godhead, or One God IS the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! 

Without endorsing the false teaching of Unitarianism, (which denies The Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,) the entirety of Scripture makes it clear that The Godhead is inseparably One God — for “God is Spirit,” (singular, not ‘Spirits,’ plural;) “Without record of father or mother or any ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life,” (Jn. 4:21-24; Heb. 7:3.)  [See the answers to the Muslim accusation that Christians worship three gods in a trinity, and the serious question, If Jesus is God and omnipresent, how could He forsake Himself on the cross?] 

Additionally, Jesus did not “become the Son of God at His human birth,” as H.W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God  alleged.  God the Father drew a line through all the ages to “give” or actually ‘become’ the Savoir of humanity to all those who would sincerely believe in Him, accept Him as their personal Lord and Savoir, and follow Him as His disciples, (Col. 2:9-10; Jn. 1:12-13; Mt. 7:21-24.) 

It is an irrefutable, contextual, Scriptural fact that God Jesus, Who Always Will Be the Son of God, in both Rev. 1:8 and in Rev. 22:18, “applied God the Father’s title (and Name) to Himself,” (Spirit Filled Bible,) and Personally declared, “I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, Who IS, Who Was, and Who Is To Come, the Almighty [God!] - (Rev. 1:8.) 

Jesus, the visual “image” of God in the form of a mere man, also declared, “I Am... [meaning of Old Testament YHWH, the Hebrew of “I Am Who I Am.  [Say] I Am has sent me to you,” (Ex. 3:14.) “I Am the bread of life…” (Jn. 6:25.) 

“I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father [in heaven] but by Me,” (Jn. 14:6.) 

“I Am the door [to the Father in heaven and to everlasting life] if anyone enters in by Me he shall be saved,” (Jn. 10:9.)

“I Am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in Me, [though he might physically die,] yet he shall live,” (Jn. 11:25.) 

“I Am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall never walk in darkness but shall have the light of life,” (Jn. 8:12.) 

Without the certainty of everlasting life in Christ and of personal accountability after death, it is pointless to serve a god or deny oneself sinful pleasures.  However, the God of the Scriptures is real and His Word is true.  We must remember, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this the judgement…”  (Heb. 9:27.)   

“Let Us make man in Our image” is God’s revealed will for us to know what God looks like according to Scripture. 

The writer of Gen. 1:26-28 stated that God made man in His “Image,” or to resemble His “Likeness.”  Nevertheless, God did not make humans as gods or as clones or replicas of Himself!  Therefore, humans can never compare to God’s almighty, omnipotent, omniscient Godhead and Divine Character.  For flesh-bound humans to be made in God’s ‘Image’ means, God made man to resemble His “appearance, representation, look, reflection, expression, imprint, or figure.” 

 

Is it possible to say, strictly according to the contextual truth of Scripture, what “a complete man,” whom “God made in His likeness,” looks like? 

Certainly, but to know that humans resemble the appearance of God, is as far as our finite human abilities can help us to understand the Indescribable Image of the Infinite God, (1 Cor. 13:9-12.) 

Scripturally, a person or an individual human being consists of:  A supernatural human spirit, a human soul; mind, or consciousness, [consisting of an intellect, will and emotions,] living in a human body,” (1 Ths. 5:23; Heb. 4:12.)  In fact, the entire truth of contextual Scripture relates to a person as a single, physically undividable, tri-part being

If we were able to see the spirit, soul, and body of a human being, we would find that each part of that person is of a different substance, material or matter; yet each part is the same person in a different form, which looks exactly alike.  That is to say, if Anne’s supernatural human spirit would appear and speak to someone, it would resemble Anne and sound like Anne, although it would not be of the same substance as her human body.  In fact, as the human spirit of Anne is such an inseparable, integral part of Anne while she remains physically alive, her human spirit is Anne herself, just as her soul or mind is Anne herself, and her body is Anne herself.  Thus, if Anne’s spirit should speak to someone, it would be Anne herself speaking supernaturally to that person.  

Furthermore, although the human spirit and human soul are such inseparable, integral parts of the person, according to Scripture, it is not impossible or pure madness to speak to one’s own human spirit and one’s own human soul, (mind, will and emotions,) as illustrated in Lu. 12:1921, “And I will say to my soul, Soul, (or mind,) you have much goods lay up for many years…”   Job 7:11, “I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul…”  Ps. 42:11, “Why are you cast down, oh my soul, why are you disquieted within me?”

When a human dies, his or her supernatural human spirit is separated from the body and soul (or mind/brain) and goes directly to the Lord, Who is Spirit, while the person’s soul (or mind) and body await the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the grave, to be reunited with his or her human spirit, and thus to be resurrected in a “glorified” body, similar to Jesus’ own resurrected body. (Read the whole of Lu. 16:19-31; 1 Ths. 4:16-18; 1 Cor. 15:35-58.)  

Let us note that none of the passages, which explain the composition of “the perfect man,” describe a “person,” “individual,” or a single human being as1) Two or more persons such as twins, who can supposedly be ‘one’ or in complete union with one another as being one person.  Two or more different persons will always remain two or more separate individuals, humans, or entities, no matter how much they agree with one another.  2) A single “person” with more than one personality or character, as that would be a mad person, or individual, or human being. 

 

Can we, (apart from the fact that we can look at man as a natural ‘likeness’ of God,) know what God looks like? 

To see anything more or something other than what God Himself has revealed in the context of Scripture, would be arrogant idolatry and pure witchcraft! Nevertheless, rejecting all doctrines that do not match the entire truth of Scripture, we can say that God and His human creations do resemble one another — now, after the fall in Eden, at least in outward appearance.  Consequently, this is how God portrays Himself throughout the context of Scripture: 

· Dan. 3:25, “[The Old Testament king said of the three men, whom he threw in the fire,] “I see four men there, and the fourth is like the Son of God!”  Jesus God’s Son in the Old Testament Dispensation — “Everlasting Father;” “Mighty God and Almighty God “in Rev. 1:6-8; 15:3, appearing in the furnace in the ‘image’ of a human being! 

The following visions of God, as given to Old Testament Daniel and New Testament John, are exactly the same, and again, The Godhead is revealed to us in the form of a single human being. 

· “[Daniel wrote,] ...The Ancient of Days [was seated on a throne,] His garment was white… The hair on His head was [white like] pure wool… [and John affirmed in Revelation,] His feet were like fine brass…  His voice was as the sound of many waters…”  (Dan. 7:9, 13, 22; Rev. 1:12-18.) 

The writer of Heb. 1:1-4 stated, “[Jesus God’s Son in human form] is the brightness of [God’s] glory and the express image of [God’s] Person.”  The Scriptures tell us, the Man Jesus is the exact Image of God.  Should we wish to know what God looks like, we can simply look at the human being called Jesus! 

· Col. 2:9-10, “In Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…”  Someone said, “The Man Jesus Christ Himself IS the sum or total of [The Godhead] in His entirety!”   

· Heb. 7:3 testifies to this immovable fact, “[Melchizedek, king of Salem is] without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made [to look] like the Son of God, [the Man Jesus…]”  

 

Was God talking to other gods when He decided to create humanity, as some people allege? 

Notwithstanding the many conflicting interpretations of Gen. 1:26, it remains written, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness…” Who was God talking to?  There is NO other God but The True Godhead of the Scriptures! 

God revealed Himself throughout Scripture as One God; The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

Here is the true meaning of the word “Elohim,” interpreted as more than one person, which means “more than one god in agreement with one another,” (Gen. 1:26-28.)  Wikipedia Encyclopaedia explains, “Elohim (אֱלֹהִ֔ים) is a grammatically singular or plural noun for "god" or for "gods" in both modern and ancient Hebrew language.  When used with singular verbs and adjectives, elohim is usually singular, "god" or especially, the God...  Hebrew grammar allows for this nominally-plural form to mean "He is the Power (singular) over powers (plural)", or roughly, "God of gods"...   Elohim [also] means [‘ruler,’] "divinity" or "deity”…  The word Elohim occurs more than 2500 times in the Hebrew Bible, with meanings ranging from "god" in a general sense (as in Exodus 12:12, where it describes "the gods of Egypt"), to a specific god (e.g., 1 Kings 11:33, where it describes Chemosh "the god of Moab", or the frequent references to Yahweh as the "elohim" [or God (not ‘gods’) of Israel); to demons, seraphim, and other supernatural beings, to the spirits of the dead brought up at the request of King Saul in 1 Sam. 28:13, and even to kings and prophets (e.g., Exodus 4:16)...”  

Scripture frequently refers to spirits, magistrates, and other powerful ‘rulers’ as ‘gods’ because of their political and spiritual power on earth.  E.g., ‘Satan is the god, [or actually, the mere ruler and not a real god] of this world,’ while there is only One God and Creator of the whole universe, the Lord Jesus Christ.  In Hebrew thought, it was, is, and always will be utterly unacceptable that rabbis would refer to the One and Only God of the Scriptures as different “gods.”  Worshipping the Mono, or One God as described in Old Testament Scriptures, compared to the polytheism of all Gentile nations, is what made Old Testament-Covenant Hebrews unique in this world. 

 

Was God aligning Himself with created forces, wind and fire, calling them “Us?” 

Such a wild assumption is just ridiculous!  Mere created elements can never think, reason, speak, etc.  Elements are marvellous substances, but they will always remain merely the handiwork of The Almighty Godhead.  It is completely against the truth of Scripture and even contrary to natural reason that God could have liaised with the elements at creation! 

 

Was God consulting the angels when He created earth and everything on it? 

The common Jewish and other Unitarian answer to the question on Gen. 1:26-28 is as follows, “There is no plurality in God.  God is an absolute and simple unity. [Sounds right, but they say this to exclude The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!]  The term ‘Elohim’ that is used in Genesis for the English term ‘God’ is plural in form but singular in meaning.  Where God said, “Let us make man…” we should not think that there was more than one God…  He was consulting with the heavenly beings whom he had before created — the angels..” 

Why would the Creator God of the whole universe and everything in it, suddenly consult with His creatures, asking them how they should create humanity, ‘the crown of His creation?’  In addition, how can it be possible that the Almighty Creator God supposedly referred to the angelical host as co-creating gods — or incorporating them into His divine plans and decisions?  It is also unlikely that God was speaking to the angels “as a king would address his troops,” calling them “Us”?  (I.e., as when a king commands his armies, ‘Let Us destroy Our Enemies!’)   

 

Let God speak for Himself concerning these so-called ‘co-creator’ angels, “Where were you when I [GOD] laid the foundation of the earth…  Who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars [the angels] sang together and the sons of God [the angels] shouted for joy?… When I [God] made the clouds its garments…  When I fixed My limit for it...” (Job 38:4.) 

As humanity and all other living beings, all the angels, (holy and unholy,) are mere supernatural creatures of God.  God’s multitudes of holy angels are wonderful creatures and, as spiritual beings, they remain exulted above physical humankind and all the animals, trees and plants, but they remain creatures of God nonetheless, (Heb. 2:6-8.)  Angels have never, and can never create anything, although God Himself said, they were present when HE created the earth. 

Amos introduced The Creator in 5:8 as the God “Who made the cluster of stars called Pleiades and the constellation of Orion.” And Isaiah told us in 40:12-26 how “He measured the waters of the earth in His hand, metered out heaven with a span, caught the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains on scales.  He brings out heaven’s host [His supernatural, spirit servants, the angels] by number; He calls them by names…  He misses not even one.” 

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