THE DIVINE TRIUNE NATURE OF THE GODHEAD – PART 2 – THE TRINITY IN GENESIS 1
(Ver 1.2) Today’s Bible lesson is Part 2 in a series of very important studies concerning the described Triune nature of the Godhead. This lesson is a response to a reader who recently asked for more information on this essential subject. I had not written on this subject in ten years and it seems that it is time to revisit it. We can find God revealed and manifested in the Bible using three distinct titles. Two titles are direct family relationships and one is a completely spiritual name. These three titles are 1) God the Father, 2) God the Son and 3) God the Holy Spirit. There are a lot of people in the modern church that struggle and are challenged because of some things that they have heard from their church ministers about the Godhead. Some of these believe that God is a one indivisible deity. Some believe Jesus Christ is either just a human prophet or an angelic being and not God. Some believe the Holy Spirit is the True God and the Father is just another name for Him. It is interesting that the Bible describes that the antichrist will claim God never had a Son that came in the flesh (2 Jn 1:7). This helps us know that any confusion on this subject is demonically inspired to discount the existence of the Godhead and the Son of God. I wonder why Satan fights this so very much? I believe it is to keep everyone in doubt to not place our faith and confidence fully in His saving Grace. There are diverse numbers of erroneous beliefs based upon selective and unbalanced verses of the Bible. But when we observe all scriptures with a well balanced perspective, we must come to the conclusion that God is 3 manifested personalities at the same time.
We must all become Acts 17:11 “Berean” types of Christians. Paul praised these people of Berea as being more noble than others in the church because they listened to his teachings with an open mind and heart and then went to the scriptures to find out if what Paul taught was actually what the scriptures said. If people in Paul’s day needed to do this to a man who was the writer of 2/3 of the New Testament, how much more do you and I need to do this with every other Bible teacher and preacher that we read, listen to, watch live, see on TV, or on the internet?
Today’s subject is a continuation of the “Part 1” introduction with a very direct and special narrowed selection of the subject. We will be discussing the Trinity of God and how they are often found together in the Bible, specifically in one chapter. Please realize that God does not always directly name His individual titles of the Trinity like we might want Him to. Often God refers to Himself using synonymous different names or titles that mean the same thing and these will refer us to the same part of the Godhead, but in hidden or challenging ways. At other times one part of the Godhead can be implied as when God in heaven speaks and says “This is my beloved Son”. Obviously these were two manifested members of the Godhead that are being referred to in this one statement even if God does specify directly that it is the Father that was speaking. This is what I call God Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight. In other words, there is no obvious encryption that keeps us from knowing or understanding what is being stated, but there is some layered steps of implication that are required to be seen, in order to achieve the full knowledge and understanding. Let us get started with a quick introduction.
I will begin by teaching you a special fact that the LORD has shown me in scripture. The Trinity of God is a central theme found in the entire Bible. The Trinity of God is taught to us from the very beginning of Genesis 1 to the very ending of Revelation 22. In this lesson I will demonstrate how God does this. We will be focused upon Genesis 1:1 primarily but we will also see the Trinity briefly in Revelation 22. In addition we will go over verses in John that help us understand the bookend chapters.
Then I need to tell you this fact also. These three deity manifestations called the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and they do not have to be used in those direct named terms like I mentioned in the opening. You may not believe that God would do such a thing as making the Bible difficult to understand on purpose, but He does. How then are we supposed to see or find all of these references? The answer is through us being led by the Holy Spirit directly or by us learning how to see Him through teachings that God has taught others.
There are some people who just want to open up their Bibles and then ask God to show them every answer to all of their questions instantly and personally. God can and will do it this way if that is the limited little box that you want to put Him into, to force Him to answer the way you want and not allow Him to answer your question how He desires. I personally recommend that we stay open to any method that God wants us to learn from. I have learned a lot directly from the Holy Spirit, but I am also grateful for listening to new Bible teachers and preachers all the time. By doing this I see what the Lord is speaking to them. In this way I have learned to see how God gives others revelation that He has not given to anyone else that I have heard. I think that this is essential and it helps us to learn interdependent of others in the body of Christ. We can obviously see how this would be a very prideful attitude if we thought God could only speak to us personally.
We can study the Bible for 50 years and finally see the truth that God could have taught us in 60 minutes of reading or listening to someone that has already studied the Bible and been shown the answer to the question we desire to know. This is just called common sense and redeeming our time. Please take advantage of Bible Teachers. God has anointed and gifted certain men and women in the Church body to help us through these teaching gifts. You can clearly read this in Ephesians 4:11. Ok, that was just an encouragement to be open and save yourself a lot of time. But that still does not relieve you of proving everything that is taught to you by your own Bible study of the verses being presented. Right? Let us get into our subject of the Trinity.
THE TRINITY IN GENESIS 1
I will introduce you to how we need to shift our focus in order to see God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in verses that do not directly name them together. For example, let us read just the first three verses of Genesis:
Gen 1:1 In the beginning (H7225) God (H430) created (H1254) (H853) the heaven (H8064) and the earth.(H776)
Gen 1:2 And the earth (H776) was (H1961) without form, (H8414) and void; (H922) and darkness (H2822) was upon (H5921) the face (H6440) of the deep. (H8415) And the Spirit (H7307) of God (H430) moved (H7363) upon (H5921) the face (H6440) of the waters. (H4325)
Gen 1:3 And God (H430) said, (H559) Let there be (H1961) light: (H216) and there was (H1961) light.(H216)
Whether you saw them or not, the Trinity was mentioned at least 3 times with God the Father being referred to three times, the Holy Spirit once and Jesus at least twice. I can hear a lot more people asking “WHAT?”. Let us start with the word “God”. It occurs once in each of the three verses. This is the Hebrew word H430 “Elohim” and it is a plural word. Uh oh? Could God be talking about Himself as a plural God who is potentially three manifestations in One True God? Yes, He is. This Hebrew word occurs in at least 2247 verses of the Old Testament. The majority of these, it is referring to God (capital G) and it is always in a plural form. This Hebrew word is the longer plural form of the words “El” or “Eloah”. This information should awaken you to look at this word in a new light from now on. In every one of the 2247 verse where this word occurs it is an indirect way of referring to the Trinity. That is a lot of verses, please go and read them all to see if I’m right if you like.
Now, God the Holy Spirit is a much more obvious direct reference in Genesis 1. Therefore, we will deal with Him first. In verse 2 you can clearly see how God described the earth to be formless and void with darkness covering the face of the deep. Next, God describes His Spirit to be “moving” upon the face of the waters. Ok, here we can begin to observe a clear and distinct separation being made between the God who created and sits in heaven above His creation and the manifestation of His Spirit being separately found present within His physical creation on the face of the earth. This is a direct reference of two manifestations of the same God.
Perhaps we missed verse 1 and this will clear things up a little more. In verse 1 God says “In beginning God (H430, Elohim) created the heaven and the earth”. Therefore, we understand the creator God was outside of His creation and the limited 4-dimensions of the natural heaven (stars and planets) and the physical earth that came into existence in verse 1. Now notice how in verse 2 God who is implied to still be in Heaven has revealed that His Spirit is moving upon the darkness that is covering the created Earth globe. We know from reading 1 John 1:5 that God is light. We also know from reading Revelation 22:5 that in the new heaven and the new earth to come, there will be no more night (darkness) because God will be the light for us all. What I see from this information is that we have two manifestations of God being spoken of in two different dimensions as separate identities of the same God. One manifestation of God is Him in His Glorious form sitting within the unlimited Spiritual Kingdom realm or the Kingdom of Heaven and the other manifestation is called the Spirit of God manifested and found within the limited physical domain of His creation. I find that very interesting to see how God is described as two manifestations in two locations. This will be a pattern that will be repeated in many other verses.
Now let us begin to look for the hidden Jesus in these verses. While the KJV Bible contains 10 English words in Genesis 1, these originate from six Hebrew words. Here is a quick list of these words:
|1||H7225||In the Beginning|
|4||H853||A-Z, Alpha Omega, Alef Tav (Untranslated in English)|
Ok, did you see Jesus the Son of God and God the Son of the trinity in these Hebrew words? If you have read the other Bible lessons on this website, you should already know that Jesus is the 4th untranslated Hebrew word found in Genesis 1:1. This fourth word is H853 and it consists of just two Hebrew letters which happen to be the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Jesus represents this hidden untranslated 2 letter reference. It is very obvious that translators did not understand what this word meant and just ignored it completely. That is a major issue. Let us look at another O.T. verse that helps us confirm who this word is referring to:
Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Here we have another verse that describes Jesus precisely as a man that has been crucified on a cross. This verse describes the bodily piercings of the hands, feet and the wound in His side hanging on the cross in Gospels. Now notice what the translators did? They placed the word “me” where the Hebrew word H853 occurs. This “me” should read “the A-Z” whom they have pierced. I think this is a great confirmation that we are seeing Jesus in Genesis 1:1 very clearly now, but there is more evidence.
Remember Jesus called Himself the Alpha and Omega beginning in Revelation chapter 1. Four times in the book of Revelation Jesus claims to be the Alpha and the Omega. This claim is found in Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13. Notice the last reference to Jesus being the Alpha and Omega occurs in the last chapter of the Bible. Also remember what I said earlier, the trinity is found in the first chapter and the last chapter and many, many other places in between. Please, remember this for it is important to know.
If we translate these Revelation references of Alpha and Omega in the New Testament into the Hebrew alphabet, Jesus would have said “I am the Alef and the Tav”. And if we translate the Old Testament Hebrew word “Alef & Tav” into Greek it would be “Alpha and Omega” and “A and Z” in English. What we learn from this is that Jesus is claiming to be this God in Genesis that created the heaven and the earth. Now let me challenge you with a new thought. This untranslated Hebrew word “Alef and Tav” occurs over 7000 times in the Hebrew text, in over 5000 verses. Could Jesus be found in all of these referenced verses? I believe according to John 5:39 where Jesus was speaking to the Jewish people and He told them to search the scriptures because these were what testified about Him, we can find Him almost everywhere. I mean that is a radical claim in light of we just learned about Jesus claiming to be this “Alef and Tav” in the book of Revelation 4 times.
This two letter Alef and Tav Hebrew word is the fourth word in the original Hebrew text and it is normally untranslated in the KJV English Bible (Genesis 1:1). It is joined with “Elohim” (God) and “Created”. Genesis 1:1 should read in English “In Beginning the God Alef-Tav created the heavens and the earth”. It is interesting to note that the Alef represents the beginning and the letter Tav represents the end. This concept would also apply the Greek Alpha meaning the “beginning” and the Greek Omega meaning the “ending”. Jesus makes this declaring in Revelation 1:8, 21:6 and 22:13. Wow, this confirms that Jesus was present in Genesis 1 the beginning and will be present in Revelation 22 the ending.
This may present a new potential problem for new Bible students. As we know, Jesus was not born on the physical earth until 4000 years after Adam committed treason and gave the world to Satan to rule. How do we resolve a New Testament Alpha and Omega Son of God Bible contradiction with the Old Testament God being the Alef-Tav in Genesis 1:1?. That is a great question and here is the starting point to discover the answer:
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him (the Word); and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him (the Word) was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:14 And the Word (God) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
These verses are a divine commentary on Genesis 1 and the account of creation. God declares “Everything was made by the Spoken Word of God and these Words were the same as God”. Uh oh? What did He say? Here again we have two manifestations of the same God. One is called God and the other is called His Word. We should have been introduced to this concept in the first lesson of the series. God is declaring that we cannot separate our God who created our world from His Word. Also, we cannot separate His Word from our creator God because they both created the heavens and the earth working together in the beginning. I think a lot of people may be confused, so let us go over some new thoughts of what a trinity represents using a substance that was created in our natural realm. Let us look at verse in Revelation 22 to help us see this connection and comparison:
Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
I like to think of the divine Trinity to be like the concept of His created substance of “water”. Notice two parts of the Trinity of God are directly named in this verse. One is called God and the other is called the Lamb (Jesus Christ the Son). We learn the Lamb of God is Jesus by reading John 1:29. Notice how in Revelation 22:1, both God and the Lamb are found present on the throne in heaven. Now notice a river that flows from them both. It is called a flowing that proceeds from the throne and this water is pure meaning Holy and it produces life. We have just seen a direct connection to Water and God and 2 of the members of the Trinity of God. So let us briefly analyze created water next.
Water is described in Chemical terms as H2O. Each water molecule is comprised of 3 atoms. Two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen. Wow, do you think this is an accident that there are exactly THREE atoms that comprises ONE substance molecule named “water”? Why are there two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom? It is interesting to note that oxygen is absolutely essential for all human life on earth. Without this element of oxygen on earth humans would not be here. Therefore, this single element of Oxygen represents a life force like the water flowing from the throne of God. This oxygen substance appears to represent the Holy Spirit. I say this, because without the Holy Spirit on the inside of us, we are spiritually dead (lifeless). Now hydrogen is a colorless, odorless unobservable gas and I can see how these two atoms in water could represent a type of the Father and the Son working together with the Holy Spirit oxygen type of element to give us water, another essential element for human life on earth. This would also appear to correspond with the verse in Revelation 22:1 that we just read where two named representations of God are equally sitting on the Highest throne with life flowing out of them to us.
I do not believe water evolved to exist for one of our life sources and supply of refreshing drinkable liquid. I believe in a higher Intelligent Designer and Creator of our world that put oxygen and water here on purpose to give us life. I do not believe that these three atoms being combined in this order to be just an accident of evolution either.
Now consider these facts about the substance of water. H2O on the earth exists in three distinct and separate manifestations. The most abundant basic substance of H2O is named “water” on our planet and it is a clear liquid at normal room temperature. Second, there is frozen water named “ice” that is a solid manifestation of the liquid substance when it reaches the temperature of 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Third, there is water that can manifest as a substance named steam or vapor which is water that is heated to 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit. These three named manifestations are all of the exact same substance known as water and comprised of our three atoms H2O. How can one substance called water be seen as three such different manifestations? This is the way God is presenting Himself in the Bible. Does this information help you to see God in the Bible clearer and more understandable now? I pray it does.
Based upon what we have learned from John 1, we can now begin to see Jesus with more clarity in the rest of the chapter of Genesis 1. Every time in Genesis 1 where it says “And God said”, God is speaking His Word (vocal Jesus) that came from His mouth and this was with God and was God and it is the exact same as what became flesh to be manifested Jesus being born in a manger, living on the earth and dying on the cross. This is essential information for our salvation. If we do not know, understand or believe that Jesus was God on the earth that paid the price for our sins then I really do not see how we can be saved. Let us look at another good verse that goes along with Genesis 1 and our discussion of the Triune nature of our God:
Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit that quickeneth (gives life); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.
In this verse we can see two directly named members of the Trinity being spoken of and the words that are spoken are radical beyond our full human mind’s comprehension. Jesus the Son of God is the one doing the speaking to the people in this verse therefore this is the Son of God talking. He begins by speaking and declaring a statement about the Holy Spirit as if He is not directly “Him” or as if “They” are separate. Jesus said “It is He who is named God’s “Spirit” that gives all Life”. Doesn’t this match with the river flowing from the throne? This description also parallels the words that we just read in John 1:4 where John wrote of God being the one that contained all life. This verse stated in the KJV “In Him (God and the Word) was life”. Then apply or compare this to what we just heard Jesus say from His own lips. “My spoken words are Spirit and they are Life”. Wow, if you are not getting what is being said here, you are missing some very major truths. It appears that we have just come across God the Father, God the Son and the God the Holy Spirit all being equal life sources.
Jesus in these spoken Words was declaring that He was the God of Creation and He who created Life was in Him simultaneously. It should become more obvious to us that Jesus was claiming to be God the Creator and that God the Creator was also on the inside of Him speaking of God’s Spirit Words of Life being spoken to anyone that would listen to His words. This is all confirmed by other words that Jesus spoke to us in John 10:38 where He claimed “His Father was in Him and that He was in His Father”. Wow again, we have just found in scripture that Jesus claimed to be God and that God claimed to be Him and both spoke Their Spirit words that create Life. There again is the trinity of God, ALL working together in complete harmony as separate but totally equal participants in the creation of our world. There is so much more that could be taught here, but we will move on and go back to Genesis 1 to wrap this lesson up.
I counted 10 times in Genesis 1 where it is written “God said” and then something happened. Almost every instance of divinely spoken words produce life or items that are necessary to sustain life. I believe we have learned that whenever God spoke, He declared Spirit Words that caused something living to manifest in the natural realm. It is also interesting that in the KJV Bible that they chose to make God plural when God said “Let US make man in our image and after our likeness”. I believe this was a very accurate translations based upon God using the plural form of His name “Elohim” in this chapter exclusively.
You see humans are a triune being also. We fit the pattern of our creator in many ways. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about humans as being a 1) spirit, 2 that has a soul, and 3) living in a physical body. I like to say it this way, “We are not humans having a spiritual experience but rather we are spirits having a temporary human experience” in order to prepare us to be with Him or determine our eternal destiny away from Him. Being with Him or eternally separated from Him will be our spiritual choice. I hope and pray you have already made that choice to belong to His family by being born-again. If not, you can go to the menu at the top of the website and select “Salvation” and follow the instructions, believe, confess, pray and then leave us a comment to testify about your great decision. Jesus said in Matthew 10:32 “whoever confesses me before men, them will I confess before my Father”. Do you see the trinity in that verse? They are all there! We have the Son confessing your name to His Father and Jesus’ words of declaration will provide you with Spirit Life status and the Holy Spirit will come to indwell you in your spirit. What a great choice you have made. Tell everyone you know what God has done for you.
I pray that you have a better understanding of how one God can be named and manifested in three different forms but still be the One True God. We have been introduced to the Trinity in Genesis using verses from the book Revelation and the Book of John. We did this to learn how the Trinity is revealed and defined in multiple settings and learn how they compliment each other so that we can see their unity working together in creation. You should have seen in Genesis 1 God was creating life. He accomplished this by speaking His (Spirit) Word while His Holy Spirit hovered over the earth. We learned from John1 that Jesus was this same Spoken Word that became flesh (natural life) and He walked on the face of the earth among us. I find this truth so amazing.
This has only been “Part 2” in the series and I pray that it was well received and understood. I pray that you will also go and look up all these Bible verses and Greek and Hebrew words for yourself to prove that they are really what is found in the Bible. This will help you a lot to learn how to study the Bible for yourself. One of the primary goals for this website is to teach you how to fish for God’s truth in the Word, rather than to give you a one-time fast food snack of His truth for a day.
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In the next lesson, (the Lord willing) we will go over some other great Bible verses about the triune nature and makeup of the Godhead. There are literally so many verses that are available in the Bible to teach about this subject, that we will need to focus in on only a few that are the best examples. I look forward to teaching this subject again soon. I hope it was a blessing to you and that you gained some insight that was a new and fresh perspective about our very Loving and Gracious God. If you need prayer for any reason, please leave a comment and we will add you to our prayer list. God Bless you!
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Finally, big technology companies have begun to censor and silence the truth. The limitations of search engine de-prioritization, shadow banning and just out and out censorship is a demonic attempt to keep the Gospel from being spread. This is why I recommend to you and to everyone that you know to get off of these platforms and stop helping them to make money from your participation. All people are to them is a product or commodity to control so that they are able to use you and sell you to advertisers. I strongly recommend as a “Geek” type of Christian computer nerd that you try “DuckDuckGo” for your only internet search engine and app, Download and try “Parler” instead of Twitter, Download and try “Rumble” instead of YouTube. Also, download and try “MeWe” instead of Facebook. These new technologies are getting stronger and able to grow as more people get on their platforms. There are many ministries that are moving to “Rumble” because Youtube has deleted their conservative videos and voices. All of these companies that I recommended are currently freedom-of-speech based apps that will not censor a message of God, Jesus or the Bible or even just basic conservative morality and truth. Please consider this move and take a stand against the evil that is trying to silence the voice of the Church.
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Good day Sir
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Dear Ron, How are you?
Yes, we certainly know Elohim is plural. However, one of my Bible college professors, told us that in Hebrew, there are the singular, the dual, and the plural – the plural’s being three or more.
I haven’t quite finished reading your piece, but as always, I delight in doing so.
I hope your Christmas celebrations brought joy and peace to you heart, and that in 2021, you will enjoy good health, and be prosperous!
Blessings, peace, and love in the joy, honor, and privilege of serving Jesus & testifying of Him! Rich Prickitt – 903 445-8044 Prophet – Evangelist – Teacher Founder/Director – Body Building Ministries, Building the Body of Christ – SOULdier by SOULdier
Hello Brother Rich, Thank you for your comments and blessing. I agree that Elohim is plural meaning 3 or more. Therefore, Elohim being a Trinity (3) fits perfectly. In around 164 verses the word H430 (Elohim) was translated as “gods” referring to other types of our God that are below Him. I find that interesting. God Bless you and be healthy and prosperous even as your soul prospers.