On Page two of my Great Uncle’s little black binder of scripture, we enter his study on the Trinity. The first 3 entries all have a notation of “Godhead” next to them, so we’ll focus on those 3 to begin.
The first Godhead entry is Romans 1:20:
For his invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made, so they are without excuse.
This scripture (and those before/after it) are there to help us to establish the “God” not just as divine, but always divine… since creation. What I love is this hint at “invisible attributes”, which is the parts of God that are not revealed. Old Testament God was just simply God, we don’t see the presence of the Son or the Holy Spirit until the New Testament. However, as we process through my great uncle’s notes (and in our own knowledge and study) we will see that the OT had plenty of references to the Son and the Spirit, just at the time the people were not necessarily aware of what that meant.
The next entry is Colossians 2:9, which reads:
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells, bodily
However, I want to move forward and complete the thought through verse 10:
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him who is the head of all rule and authority.
I feel like adding verse 10 into the notation actually paints a more complete picture of not just the deity of Jesus, but that Jesus is part of the Godhead because he is also the head of all rule and authority.
Then we move to the third entry, which is Acts 17:29…
Being then God’s offspring, we out not to thing that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by art and the imagination of man.
This scripture is there to help us see the fullness of who Christ is, as a living breathing offspring of God vs. some idol that we cast because it makes us feel better to see something with our own eyes. In the Old Testament, they formed the golden calf because they desired something tangible and visible to worship. Humanity struggles with the unseen. But, Acts 17:29 points us to the fact that Jesus is not some statute formed to give us something to worship because it makes it easier for us to comprehend. Instead, it reminds us that we are honoring, worshiping a real God who dwelled in flesh. (Isa 40:18,19) (Isa 46:5-7) (Rom 1:23) As it refers to Jesus as the offspring of God, there is a verse that shows us the role of God the Father.
Next entry we will move from Godhead to more specific verses about Jesus.
Just a reminder that we are working with these Scriptures to see why my Great Uncle would have categorized them in such a way. So, if at some point you are not quite sure about my exegesis … keep in mind that I’m working with skeletal notes, from a man who is no longer on this side of Heaven to ask, that I’m trying to make sense of.