THERE ARE TWO BEINGS IN THE GODHEAD
The Godhead is a Family consisting of two members who function perfectly as one team. God and Christ are separate individuals having distinct minds and wills.
De-mystifying the concept of God
GOD IS THE HEAD OF CHRIST;
CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF ALL ELSE
"But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God."
(I Corinthians 11:3)
"Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. . . . Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all."
(I Corinthians 15:24, 28)
"For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son. . . . and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man."
(John 5:22, 27)
" . . . who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men."
" . . . I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me."
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent me."
" . . . not My will, but Yours, be done."
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
"I and My Father are one."
" . . . We are one. . . ."
" . . . I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things."
"For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him. . . ."
"Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne."
The scroll was a communication from God to Christ. Communication occurs between separate individuals. When someone told Herbert W. Armstrong that he thought Jesus Christ was God the Father, Mr. Armstrong turned to this passage and asked, "Now, why would God hand the book to Himself?"
"Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image. . . .'"
Two God beings created two human beings in Their own image. First Adam was created in the image of God (I Corinthians 11:7; I Timothy 2:13). Then God created a second family member -- a helper for Adam -- from his very flesh and bone (Genesis 2:18-24). This also was in the image of God because God was not alone. The Word 1) was with God, and 2) was God (John 1:1-3). In like manner, Eve 1) was with Adam, and 2) was Adam (made from his rib). In marriage, two are one (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:8; I Corinthians 6:15-17; Ephesians 5:31). The "mystery" of marriage (Ephesians 5:32) is that two separate beings, having distinct minds and wills, become one team, one family. The Sixth Millennial Day
The "mystery of marriage" makes sense and is easy to understand. Children who are brought up in strong traditional families (Matthew 19:4-8) know they are the product of two parents, and that their parents are united -- belong together -- as "one." Similarly, the angels know they were created by God through Christ (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16) and that God is the Father of "the whole family in heaven and earth" (Ephesians 3:15). The Godhead is not a mystery to the angels (Psalm 103:19-20; Revelation 5:11; James 2:19) and need not be a mystery to man (Matthew 11:25-27; Luke 10:21-24).
The "trinity" doctrine, however, needlessly mystifies the concept of God. The Holy Spirit is not a separate, third person of the Godhead, but the power by which God and Christ spoke through the holy prophets and apostles of old, thus inspiring the Bible to be written.
The Holy Spirit "spoke" through:
David (Acts 1:16, 20; II Samuel 23:1-2; Mark 12:36; I Samuel 16:13; Hebrews 3:7-8; 4:7),
Isaiah (Acts 28:25),
Jeremiah (Hebrews 10:15-17; Jeremiah 31:33-34),
Jesus (Luke 4:18-21; John 6:63; 14:10, 17, 26; Acts 1:1-2),
The Apostles (John 14:26; 16:13; Acts 1:8; 2:4-11; 4:8; 13:9; I Corinthians 2:9-14; 7:40; I Peter 1:12),
The Prophets (Acts 7:51-52; I Peter 1:10-11; II Peter 1:21; Micah 3:8; Zechariah 7:12; Nehemiah 9:30; Ezekiel 3:24; 8:3; 11:5; 37:1),
All Bible Writers (II Timothy 3:15-16),
Old Testament Patterns and Illustrations (Hebrews 9:8), and
Deacons (Acts 6:3, 5, 10; 8:29-39; 13:1-4).
The Holy Spirit can also "speak" through us today (Matthew 10:19-20; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11-12).
The Holy Spirit is the power (Acts 1:8; II Timothy 1:7) through which God writes His Laws on the hearts and in the minds of true Christians today (Hebrews 8:10; 10:16), imparting unto them His own character attributes and ability to comprehend the Scriptures (Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 2:10-16; Daniel 12:4, 9-10; Revelation 22:6-11).
For the purpose of understanding, consider also that Satan has a spirit by which he influences human minds -- Ephesians 2:2-3 -- but that Satan's spirit is not a separate "person" from himself. Mr. Armstrong referred to Satan's spirit as a "wavelength" by which he "broadcasts" thoughts, moods and feelings through the air. Doctrine Five
NO HUMAN BEING HAS EVER SEEN GOD THE FATHER*
"No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared him."
"The Father . . . has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form."
"Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father."
"No one has seen God at any time."
(I John 4:12)
" . . . who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen."
(I Timothy 6:16)
* With the exceptions of Christ Himself (John 6:46), the Apostle John (Revelation 4-5) and the Apostle Paul (II Corinthians 12:1-10).
YET, ONE OF THE TWO MEMBERS OF THE GODHEAD (Christ -- John 8:57-58; I Corinthians 10:4; Hebrews 11:26) HAS APPEARED TO HUMANS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS (these occasions are called theophanies):
Genesis 3:8-9; 18:1-2, 22; 32:24-30; Exodus 20:1-21; 24:9-11; 33:11, 18-23; Deuteronomy 34:10; Joshua 5:13-15; Isaiah 6:1-13; Ezekiel 1:26-28
ONE TRUE GOD
The following verses reflect the the First Commandment which states, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3). They were intended to show that the God of Israel is the one true God:
"I am the First and I am the Last; Besides me there is no God. . . . Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one."
(Isaiah 44:6, 8)
"I am the Lord, and there is no other. There is no God besides Me. . . . there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. . . . "
There are many verses scattered throughout the book of Isaiah similar to the ones quoted above. Some people have misinterpreted these verses and concluded that there is only one member of the Godhead. But Doctrine Two explains that the Godhead -- the one true God -- consists of multiple members, just as the Church -- the bride of Christ -- is one body with many members (I Corinthians 12:12-14).
Jesus said to His disciples, "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him. . . . he who has seen Me has seen the Father. . ." (John 14:7, 9).
God and Christ -- one Team, one Family -- are so closely united that seeing or hearing one member is the same as seeing or hearing the other. God and Christ are "one" (John 10:30; 17:22), just as two human beings united in marriage are "one" (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:8).
The government of God functions within the God Family as it should within every human family. Herbert W. Armstrong stated that two cannot walk together unless they are agreed (Amos 3:3), and that one must be the leader. God is the head of Christ; Christ is the head of every man; every man is the head of his wife; children should obey their parents (I Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21).
The government of God produces happy families. A father's authority is the "glue" which holds the family together. A wife's position is crucial because the respect she shows her husband sets the right example for her children. Christ sets a perfect example for the whole Family in heaven and earth (Ephesians 3:15) by obeying the government of God over Him (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 5:8-9). God the Father, in turn, has given Christ authority over the entire creation (Psalm 110:1; Matthew 28:18; I Corinthians 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:17-23; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:13; 10:12-13; I Peter 3:22). Christ is God's Executive Assistant over the entire universe (Hebrews 1:1-4) who soon shall restore God's government over the earth (Psalms 96:13; 98:9; Daniel 2:44; 7:14; Luke 1:33; 19:14, 27; Acts 1:9-11; 3:18-21; Hebrews 2:5-9; Revelation 11:15; 19:15; 20:1-6; 22:20).
God is love (I John 4:8). His government produces organization, cooperation and unity. It was instituted for the purpose of serving the ones being governed (Ezekiel 34:23-24; Luke 22:25-27). God's intention is for every human family to be happy (Matthew 19:4-8), all parents serving their children in harmony, unity and teamwork (Psalms 127:3-5; 128:1-6; 133:1; Proverbs 31:10-31).
Satan rebelled against the government of God (Revelation 12:7-9). God did not spare the angels that sinned (II Peter 2:4). He chastens (corrects, disciplines) every son He loves (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:6). God's Plan calls for the ultimate removal of sin from His creation (Matthew 25:41; I Corinthians 6:3; Revelation 20:10), but God has allowed Satan to deceive humanity for 6,000 years (II Corinthians 4:3-6; Romans 8:20-22; Revelation 12:9; 20:1-3). That is why the truth about the nature of the Godhead is not generally understood in the world today (Matthew 11:25-27; Luke 10:21-24; John 15:21; 16:3).
It is as simple as understanding your own two parents and recognizing that the marriage institution was created by God, and is in the very image of God.