Why do you teach there are three persons in the Godhead when God is One?

The Bible tells us that there is One God (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29). But the Bible also teaches that the three persons in the Godhead: Father, Son, and Spirit make up the One God. Let’s look at biblical references:

Genesis starts to shed light on the Godhead. It says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). The Hebrew word here for God is Elohim. It is a plural noun that is used more than 2,700 times in the Old Testament. This means that inspired authors preferred to use Elohim about 10 times more than the singular form “El” when they described God.

In the book of Daniel, we see a picture of the Father and the Son as two separate persons “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, one like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him” (Daniel 7:13). The Son of man, Jesus, is seen coming before the Ancient of Days—who is, obviously, God the Father.

In the New Testament, we see the three persons of the Godhead clearly at the baptism of Jesus “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” (Matthew 3:16, 17).

The apostle Paul wrote that there were three divine persons “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).

Yet these three divine persons are seen as One God “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4–6).

John also speaks of the Father and the Son as distinct from each other “From the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever” (Revelation 1:4–6 NKJV).

When baptizing, Jesus taught us to use the three Names of the Godhead in the great commission “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

The Bible tells us that Jesus is equally divine to the Father (John 10:30; Romans 9:5; Jude 1:25; Revelation 1:8; Revelation 17:14; John 1:1-3; John 10:30; Colossians 1:16; I John 5:20).

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

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