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The 24 Doctrines of the Bible
The God-Head

What a joy it is for me to share the twenty-four Doctrines of the Bible with you. They will have a profound, far-reaching effect on your like. They have been passed down to us from the early Apostles.

Acts 2:41-2:42
'They gladly received his word ... and continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine.'

The teaching of the Godhead is of great importance.

Most People believe in the existence of God. Those who don't are known as atheists. However, very few atheists remain atheistic on their deathbed.

The Bible does not try to prove the existence of God. It simply declares it.

Genesis 1:1
'In the beginning God...'

The Bible presents Gods existence as a fact. The first thing that we do when studying about the Godhea is to look at several proofs of the existence of God.

Firstly we deal with the proof of CAUSE

Someone created the Universe and caused its existence. Who else could it be but God and it is His amazing masterpiece.

The earth weighs about 6.6 sextillion tons. (6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000) It travels at the speed of 67,000 miles per hour, on a course of 584 million miles around the Sun.

The earth when compared in size within its solar system is smaller than a grain of sand on the seashore. The sun is 1.3 million times bigger than the earth and the smallest of stars is about one million, million times larger than the earth.

The Alpha Centauri is the nearest star to the earth at a distant 4.2 light years away. A light year is the distance light travels. at 186,000 miles per second in one year. That distance therefore is 5869874304000 miles. The equation - (186,000 x 60 x 60 x 24 x 365.26 = 5869874304000 miles)

The Pistol Star is one of the largest stars in the Universe. It has a mass 100 times than that of the Sun and its radius is about 100 million miles. Astronomers estimate that there are at least 70 sextillion stars in the Universe. (70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)

The Earth is a minuscule part of an immense Solar System.

Our Solar System has over a 100,000 million Stars. Its diameter is 7500 million miles. Outside of our solar system there are millions of other solar systems and together they form the Milky Way.

Our Milky Way is about 703,883,520,000,000,000 miles wide and has over one hundred thousand, million stars. Together with countless other milky way’s they form the galaxy we belong to.

Our Galaxy is a part of over one hundred billion other galaxies in the Universe.

It is obvious that the vastness of the Universe and the creative ability of God are beyond imagination. Yet there are people that reason that the Universe came about by chance or some other way. Some believe that it was the created by Aliens.

I challenge you to intelligently and honestly examine the truth for your own benefit.

Psalm 14:1
'The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.'

This vast, genial Universe becomes even more marvelous and fascinating, when examining what it is made of.

One grain of sand the size of a pinhead, when examined microscopically, proves to be a miniature universe, consisting of millions of atoms. Each of these atoms is made up of tiny particles that spin around a nucleus. All material of everything that exists is made up of these atoms. These atoms are miniature universes in and around us, invisible to the naked eye.

It is evident that Creation is difficult to measure, however large or small!

Seond we deal with the proof of DESIGN
Everything is designed and therefore has a designer.

It would be ludicrous and ridiculous to think that all these beautiful things we enjoy everyday come about by mere chance.

The immeasurable Universe has moving planets, stars and galaxies that function with complex mathematical precision. Its intricate design makes a manufactured watch, vehicle, supersonic jet, rocket, space shuttle and space station look like child's play.

There are many amazing variations in nature that cannot be by chance such as:
Can anyone doubt that it is God who planned everything -

There is no doubt that behind all of this magnificent creation there must be a Master Designer - GOD

Third we deal with the proof of INTUITION
All humans all over the world have one natural intuition and desire within them -

It is to worship a God and Supreme Being. We see this in mans behavior in all forms of religion. They worship the sun, the moon, idols, objects and creatures.

Why?

There seems to be a driving force within man to worship a higher being. This is also evident in areas where civilization has had no influence.

Where does this intuition come from?
It has been implanted by God who desires to be worshiped by man!

Fourth we deal with the proof of PURPOSE

Everything exists for a purpose.

The sun gives us light and warmth. The clouds give us rain.

The purpose of the creation of human life is defined in mans final destination. People have been given this choice to make.

An Eternity, with or without God

Eternity is much longer and more important than 70 or 80 years of earthly life. Grey hairs, decaying teeth, facial wrinkles all indicate a life that is fast approaching its end. Time passes so quickly. At death each person faces eternity and a real God who has reached out to them with love and friendship. His loving gesture is to be accepted or rejected. This is the ultimate purpose of life.

What a tragedy that man so often brushes aside God’s loving gestures in ignorance. God expects us to ascribe greatness to Him who created such a marvelous Universe.

Most people are realistic and honest about the aspects of life.

I challenge you to be realistic and honest with yourself about the existence and creative genius of God!

It seems difficult to think that such a great God, can somehow stoop down to the level of man to communicate with him. It would be like a giant trying to communicate with an ant.

It seems an almost impossible task for God to say to man - 'This is who I am and let us have fellowship.'
God therefore had to systematically introduce and reveal the Godhead to man.
He would reveal the three persons of the Godhead

He did this over a period of time. He revealed more and more about Himself, so that man could slowly receive and understand this revelation. God pulled back the curtain and man saw more and more of God, as time passed.

Now let us look at this systematic revelation of the Godhead.

A Systematic Revelation of the Godhead

The Godhead is referred to in -

Romans 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;'

Over the last six thousand years, God has revealed the Godhead to mankind. He has revealed God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit, little by little, from time to time. In this way He has revealed to us who He is, His characteristics and Divine nature.

However in eternity we will see God, face to face as He is and we will find out more about Him.

Because of this revelation we now know about His love, holiness, righteousness, goodness, kindness, mercy, grace, forgiveness, peace, joy, power, truth, justice, omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence.

Six thousand years ago God first revealed Himself to man as 'Elohim'

Genesis 1:1
'In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth.'

The word 'God' rendered here in the Hebrew text is 'Elohim' made up of two parts

Therefore the first revelation that God gave Adam and Eve about Himself was -

He is a God of three persons. If God is only one person, the word in this Hebrew text would have been El-oah. Adam knew that he was dealing with Elohim, a God of three persons. That is why the Godhead is also referred to as the Tri-une God or Trinity.

This revelation of the Godhead -

Throughout the Old Testament times, God the Father is revealed. In the prophecies and Gospels Jesus Christ is revealed. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit is revealed.

The other different names of God reveal more about His character and nature.

Psalm 9:10
'And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee.'

God revealed His names so that mankind could know and trust Him. From time to time, God revealed additional names to complete this revelation.

Now let us look at this continued revelation of the Godhead. When Abraham was ninety-nine years old God revealed His second name to the world and it is 'EL-SHADDAI' This took place about 1898 B.C.

Genesis 17:1
'And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am Elshaddai.'

Understanding His name 'El-shaddai' Here God reveals that He is God Almighty.

Then God revealed Himself to Moses as “Yahweh”. (Jehovah)

This took place about 1491 B.C.

Exodus 6:2-3
'And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name (Yahweh) JEHOVAH was I not known to them.'

Then Moses asked God about His name and God answered -

Exodus 3:13
'And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me: What is his name? What shall I say unto them?'

God answered and said - "I am".

Exodus 3:14
'And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.'

He was not referred to as “I was” or “I will be” but rather “I am”

This means that God is always in the NOW.

God told Moses that Abraham knew Him as El-shaddai. Now God was revealing Himself as Yahweh. Moses and Israel were receiving a new revelation. The revelation of Yahweh then continued thereafter with more information.

Nine aspects of Yahweh were given to reveal more of His nature and character:
  1. He is Jehovah-Jireh.
    Genesis 22:14
    'And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh:'

    His Name is Jehovah- Jireh which means the Lord our Provider.

  2. He is Jehovah-tshuwah.
    Psalm 38:22
    'Make haste to help me, Jehovah-tshuwah.'

    The name Jehovah-tshuwah means the Lord our salvation.

  3. He is Jehovah-qadash.
    Exodus 31:13
    'That ye may know that I am Jehovah-qadash that doth sanctify you.'

    The name Jehovah-qadash means the Lord our sanctifier.

  4. He is Jehovah-stidkenu.
    Jeremiah 23:6
    'And this is his name whereby he shall be called Jehovah-stidkenu.'

    The name Jehovah-stidkenu means the Lord our righteousness.

  5. He is Jehovah-raah.
    Psalm 23:1
    '"Jehovah-raah is my shepherd.;

    The name Jehovah-raah means the Lord our shepherd.

  6. He is Jehovah-nissi.
    Exodus 17:15
    'And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi.'

    The name Jehovah-nissi means the Lord our Banner who leads us in battle.

  7. He is Jehovah-shalom.
    Judges 6:24
    'Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom:'

    The name Jehovah-shalom means the Lord our Peace.

  8. He is Jehovah shammah.
    Ezekiel 48:35
    'And the name of the city from that day shall be, Jehovah shammah.'

    The name Jehovah shammah means the Lord is always with us.

  9. He is Jehovah-rapha.
    Exodus 15:26
    'For I am Jehovah-rapha that healeth thee.'

    The name Jehovah Rapha means the Lord our Healer.

By revealing His names to mankind, God was actually revealing that He is - Our savior, sanctifier, righteousness, shepherd, provider, banner, peace, healer and that He is always with us.

That is why Jesus told us to always regard Gods name as SACRED.

Matthew 6:9
'Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.'

The Israelites regarded Jehovah's name to be so sacred that they never spoke His name aloud. Every time Scribes wrote the name of Jehovah in texts, they would use a new pen. God commanded the Israelites to have high regard for His name.

Exodus 20:7
'Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.'

Throughout the generations of the Old Testament the revelation of the Godhead was becoming more complete. People were seeing a clearer picture of God and understanding more about Him.

During the rest of the period of the Old Testament no other name revelations were given.

God then revealed the second person of the Godhead namely Jesus Christ His Son.

The revelation of Jesus Christ the Son of God

Jesus was with God at the beginning of time.

John 1:1, 14
'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.'

God prepared Israel for the coming of His son Jesus to the earth. He gave many Old Testament Prophets, prophecies concerning Jesus the Messiah.

The Messiah's coming was predicted.

Daniel 9:25
'Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks.'

Other predictions were made:

Many Israelites wanted to find out more about the Messiah. These prophetic directives would help them find God’s Son.

Then, at God’s appointed time, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem.

Matthew 1:23
'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.'

Then God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of Jesus.

Matthew 3:3
'The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'

Before Jesus arrived on the scene, John told the children of Israel to look out for His appearance.

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River all three persons of the Godhead were manifested.

Matthew 3:16-17
'And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'

Jesus was just like His Father. He had his Fathers nature and characteristics.
He said:
John 14:9
'He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;'

The four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John describes the life, work, message, ministry, power and ultimate sacrifice of Jesus.

In his life work:
When Jesus was about to leave this world, He promised that he would ask the Father to send another Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-17
'And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth;'

And so Jesus prepared the world for the revelation and coming of the third person of the Godhead, namely the Holy Spirit.

The revelation of the Holy Spirit

On the day of Pentecost, fifty days after the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit was revealed in a new way, introducing a new dispensation.

Acts 2:1-4
'And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.'

The New Testament describes the following of the Holy Spirit:

For almost two thousand years, the Holy Spirit has blessed the world. We continue to enjoy and appreciate His presence and manifestations in our lives and other Christians.

We will forever experience and enjoy the revelation of the Godhead!

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