foundation truth

lesson 29 - the godhead

The very heartbeat of the covenant that God made with Israel is Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, 0 Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” This is the greatest single truth that Israel has given us.

It is obvious that there is a God who is the mastermind behind the genius of the universe.

  • The heavens reveal God’s handiwork. Psalm 19:1-4; Romans
    2:14
  • The Bible is proof itself of God. Psalm 19:6-9; Romans 3:2
  • The morals of man prove God. Psalm 19:12-14; Romans 2:15
  • Biological life proves there is a God. Genesis 1:21, 24-25
  • Prophecy proves there is a God. II Peter 1:19-21
  • Jesus Christ is our greatest proof of God. II Corinthians 4:6; I John 1:1-2; II Peter 1:16-18

Truly only the fool could say, “There is no God.” Psalm 14:1

There is no such thing as an honest, intelligent atheist. The diagram on page 154 shows why.

The atheist says there is no God and, by this declaration, sets himself up as a god. The agnostic says that he cannot know if God exists and,
by this, makes willful ignorance his god.

WHAT IS GOD LIKE?

Listen to God’s own testimony.

  • God is love. I John 4:8
  • God is gracious. Psalm 145:8
    God is patient. Numbers 14:18
  • God is true. Revelation 19:11
    God is faithful. Deuteronomy 7:9
  • God is righteous. Psalm 11:7
    God is good. Psalm 34:8
  • God is holy. Revelation 4:8
    God is merciful. Exodus 34:6
  • God is wise. I Timothy 1:17

Look at God’s handiwork.

  • The heavens declare the glory of God. Psalm 19:1, 6
  • The creation speaks of the Creator. Romans 1:19-20

Learn a lesson from mankind.

  • Mankind was made in the likeness of God. Genesis 1:26
  • Our conscience speaks to us about God. Romans 2:14-15

WHAT ARE THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD?

  • God is self-existent. Exodus 3:13-14
  • God is self-sufficient. Psalm 50:10-12
  • God is eternal. Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 102:11-12
  • God is infinite. I Kings 8:27
  • God is omnipresent. Psalm 139:7-12
  • God is omnipotent. Revelation 19:6
  • God is omniscient. Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:13-14
  • God is immutable. Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 6:18
  • God is sovereign. Psalm 135:6; Isaiah 46:9-11

WHAT IS THE NUMBER OF THE GODHEAD?

It is obvious from the Scriptures that there is only one God. Deuteronomy 4:35, 39 and 6:4 The great truth that Israel gave the
world is the oneness of God. Isaiah 44:6, 8, 43:10, 45:18; Psalms 86:10; 83:18

This is a New Testament doctrine as well. Mark 12:29, 32; I Corinthians 8:4; Ephesians 4:6; I Timothy 1:17, 2:5; James 2:19
However, a close study shows this is a compound unity of oneness. Genesis 1:26

The Hebrew word “yachead” speaks of an absolute unity of one, such as the number one. This word is never used to describe God.

The Hebrew word “echad” speaks of a compound unity of oneness such as one people or one nation. Genesis 2:24 This is the word that
is used to describe God in Deuteronomy 6:4 and Zechariah 14:9. The New Testament continues to show this compound unity of three in one.

Matthew 3:16-17

  • The Father’s voice
  • The Son’s baptism
  • The Holy Spirit’s descent

II Corinthians 13:14

  • The love of God (Father)
  • The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • The communion of the Holy Spirit

There are three that bear record in heaven, and these three are one. I John 5:7, 8 It is at the mouth of two or three witnesses that every word is established. Deuteronomy 19:15

WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF GOD?

Throughout the Old Testament, God continued to reveal Himself in an unfolding revelation. Much of that revelation came by the names that
God revealed of Himself.

  • Elohim, (plural of El) the Mighty One. Genesis 1:1
  • Jehovah-Elohim, the Covenant Keeping Creator. Genesis 2:4
  • El-Elyon, the Most High God. Genesis 14:18
  • Adonai, (plural of Adon) the Sovereign Master. Genesis 15:1,2
  • El-Shaddai, (plural of shad) the Sufficient God. Genesis 17:1

In the rest of the Old Testament, God reveals Himself by linking an attribute to His sacred covenant-keeping name of Jehovah.

  • Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will provide. Genesis 22:14
  • Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord that heals. Exodus 15:26
  • Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord my banner. Exodus 17:15
  • Jehovah-McKaddesh, the Lord who sanctifies. Leviticus 20:8
  • Jehovah Saboath, the Lord of hosts. I Samuel 1:3
  • Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord our peace. Judges 6:24
  • Jehovah-Roi, the Lord my shepherd. Psalm 23:1
  • Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness. Jeremiah 23:6
  • Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is there. Ezekiel 48:35

In the New Testament, there is revealed one new compound name for God.

  • At His birth, He is called “Jesus.” Matthew 1:21
  • At His baptism, He became the “Christ,” the anointed one. Matthew 3:16, 17
  • At His resurrection, He became “Lord.” Acts 2:34-36; Philippians 2:8-11

The name Lord Jesus Christ is not found once in the Gospels but is found, in some form, fifty-five times throughout the rest of the New Testament. This is the meaning of Colossians 2:9. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of every promise God made to us.

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton