James A. Turner
I The Bible Teaches That There Are Three Persons In The Godhead
A. They are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. About all of the
versions use Holy Spirit instead of Holy Ghost except the KJV. The NKJV also uses Holy Spirit.
1. If I understand things correctly the “Spirit of God” in the Old Testament is the same as the Holy
Spirit of the New Testament.
2. Christ is spoken of as God in several passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Christ
Moses in person as recorded in Ex. 3
recognized by both as a divine person. See also I Cor.10
Christ? Men nor angels are not to be worshiped (Acts -26; Rev. 19
Two of the best passages in the New
Testament are Jn.1
3. The Holy Spirit is spoken of as a distinct person of the Godhead, “But the comforter, which is the
Holy Spirit, whom the Father shall send in my name he shall teach you all things and bring all
things to your remembrance whatsoever I have
said unto you.” See also Jn. 16
as God in
B. Chapter one of Genesis shows that there are more than one person in the Godhead.
1. The Old Testament scriptures were first written in the Hebrew Language, and those who are
in the Hebrew language say that the word for God in Genesis 1
2. Young’s Analytical Concordance gives
the meaning of Elohim in Genesis 1
object of worship.”
3. Adam Clark in his Commentary On The
Whole Bible makes the comment on Genesis 1
original word Elohim, God is certainly the pural form of El or Eloah and has long been supposed,
by the most eminently learned and pious men, to imply a plurality of Persons in the Divine nature.”
Supreme Being, signifying in
Hebrew, Strong, Mighty ---- by its use here in the plural form
is obscurely taught at the opening of
the Bible, a doctrine clearly revealed in other parts of it, viz., that though
God is one, there is a plurality of persons in the Godhead- God, Son, and
Spirit who were engaged in the creative work (Prov. 8
5. Matthew Henry’s Commentary On The Whole Bible says, “The author and cause of this great
work- God. The Hebrew word is Elohim, which bespeaks, (1). The power of God the creator. El
signifies the strong God and what less than almighty strength could bring all things out of
nothing? (2) The plurality of persons in the Godhead Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
C. Genesis definitely shows that the Godhead is plural.
1.Confess that you do not know the Hebrew language, and therefore you can not be certain about
conclusions, but we can be certain about Genesis 1
our likeness---“ Us and our would be at least two distinct persons who worked together in perfect
harmony and unity in the creation.
2. This is very plainly taught in many passages in the New Testament. Evidently the plan for creation
was the Father’s, but the Son actually created all creation. God made the worlds through Christ,
“through whom (Christ) also he (the Father) made the worlds (Heb. 1
through him, and without him (Christ) was anything made that hath been made (Jn.
“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us (Christ) and we beheld him as the only begotten of
the Father (the only one raised from the dead to die no more, Acts , -31, I Cor. -
23). “For in him (Christ) were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible
and things invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or principalities or powers
created through him, and unto him; and he is
before all things, and in him all things consist (
It looks like the Holy Ghost/ Holy Spirit was the
finisher of creation. Job 26
Spirit the heavens are garnished ----- “.
D. It is very definite that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit worked together in perfect harmony and unity in the gospel scheme of redemption for the salvation of man.
1. God in his infinite wisdom knew that if he made man a free moral agent that in process of time
man would sin, and God, the Father, made a plan for man’s salvation before he made man. This
plan was that Christ the Son would be sent to die as an offering for sin and all who would hear
and obey Christ and serve the Godhead in Christ and His spiritual body the church would be saved
5; Acts -48;
II Tim. 1
2. It was Christ who executed the Father’s plan (Jn. -18) by agreeing to the Father’s plan and by
dying on the Cross of Calvary. He came to die as the sin offering. He was “the Lamb slain from
the foundation of the world (Rev. 13
3. When man sinned, while in the garden, the first promise of a Saviour was given. Christ, the seed
of woman without the agency of man, would come to deliver man from the power of Satan (Gen.
E. The Holy Spirit definitely put the finish
work to the gospel scheme of redemption by guiding the apostles into all truth
and making them sufficient to give the New Testament (I Cor. 1
In the last long discourse that Jesus gave the
apostles, as recorded in chapters 13-16 of John Jesus promised the apostles that
they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Jn. ,
The apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit on the
first Pentecost (Lev. -16;
The primary purpose of Holy Spirit baptism for the
apostles was to guide them into all truth and give them miraculous powers that
would aid them and their converts in a rapid giving and confirmation of the New
Testament. They were given miraculous ability to speak languages that they had
not learned (Acts 2
The apostles by the laying on of their hands could
impart one or more of the nine miraculous gifts to converts (I Cor. 12
5. The miraculous abilities given to the apostles by the out pouring of the Holy Spirit, and the
abilities given converts by the laying on of the apostles hands made it possible for the early
church to preach the gospel to the world in about thirty years. Paul wrote Colossians in about
62 A.D., and he states in Col. 1
the world, bearing fruit and increasing.” In Col. 1
“preached in all creation under heaven; whither I Paul was made a minister.
II Chapter 12, 13, and 14 of I Corinthians are all on the subject of spiritual gifts.
A. In 13
----“ The statement means that when all the New Testament had been given (Jas. ) that
the miraculous abilities would cease.
1. In I Cor. and
period as the childhood period of the church. All of the New Testament
has been given and confirmed, and the childhood age is over.
2. Today no one can give miraculous gifts by the laying on of hands. There are no
actual miracles, signs or wonders performed to day.
3. The so called miracles affirmed today are Jannes and Jambres like those who for a little while
with stood Moses and Aaron (II Tim. 3
4. The Jannes and Jambres of our day need to be challenged to prove their abilities. If they can
heal like Jesus and the apostles they can also raise the dead as Jesus and Peter did. They need
to be challenged to raise one dead person in a close by cemetery by saying, “If you raise one,
I will raise all the others in the cemetery.”
5. If a person could actually heal, as Jesus and the apostles did, with our fast news and travel there would be millions coming within a few hours to be healed from nearly all of the countries of the world, if not all, to be healed.
III Some Questions You Can Ask
When God made Eve as a “helpmeet
Adam and joined them together in marriage (Gen. 2
23) he said, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and
his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife
and they shall be one flesh.” Question, Did they immediately turn from being two into one
or were they still two persons who belong to each in regard to sexual relations
6) and other matters that they were to work together in harmony and unity? The Godhead works
together in perfect harmony and unity!
2. Several Hundred years before Christ was born of Mary, a virgin, Daniel saw one “like a son
of man” ascend to the Ancient days ---- and he “was given dominion and glory and kingdom that
all peoples, nations and languages should serve him --- (Daniel -14). This was fulfilled when
Christ ascended to the right hand of God (Eph. -23) Question, Did Jesus ascend to himself or
is the Ancient of days referring to God the Father?
3. When Jesus said, “I,lo, I am come (in the roll of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God
Ask a similar question on Jn. 6
5. When Jesus prayed three times in
this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou will” was he praying to
himself or to God the Father?
6. Who is Jesus speaking of in Jn. 8
When Jesus said
of the Holy Spirit in Jn.16
What do the plurals us and our in Gen. 1
In the judgment scene of Rev. 6