What is the Godhead?

Posted May 25, 2020 by Brian Heckethorn in Worship of True God

Perhaps you’ve been raised in the church all your life. Perhaps not. Maybe you went to a school associated with your denomination. Maybe not. Perhaps you were taught by your teachers, professors or even your parents to think of the Godhead a certain way and for you to read this article, you might feel a little guilty; like you're turning your back against those who taught you that the Godhead is the Trinity.

Don’t feel guilty.

Don’t feel bad for your parents or your professors or anyone else who may have taught you different than from what you see here. Honestly; they want you to be in truth. They all want you to have a better chance and opportunity to be in Heaven. Remember, God winks at ignorance. Judgement happens against the amount of light that has been given and not all people have the same amount of light. Where one may have light in this subject, another may have light that we may not be aware of. So don’t feel guilty. Instead, feel blessed by what you are about to read and let the Word of God define itself to you. The purpose of this article is to bring us closer to a knowledge of God by revelation of old things become new.

So many people ask the question, “What is the Godhead?” Well, the answer is quite short and the study of it is the same. We’ll first open the Word of God, respectfully requesting the presence of His Spirit as we approach this solemn subject.

The word Godhead is only mentioned 3 times in the King James Version of the Bible. 

In order:

Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily

None of these texts explain what the Godhead actually is. We need the Bible to explain what it is trying to share about this Godhead.

In Colossians 2:9 the Greek word theotes (θειότης) is translated to the word “Godhead”. It’s literal translation is “divinity (abstractly)” - Strong’s Index G2320. It comes from the root word theos (G2316) which means “of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Bebraism, very: —X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).

Strong’s translation of Colossians 2:9 tells us that the Godhead means “supreme Divinity” and that this supreme Divinity dwells in “him”. Reading in context, we can see that the “him” it is talking about is Christ.

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him…

Let’s look at Romans 1:20.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

We can very well guess where this verse is going, but let's look at the word in the original.

In Romans 1:20 the Greek word is identified slightly different as theiotes (θειότης). Again, the literal translation is “divinity (abstractly)” and comes from the word theios just like in Colossians 2:9, but is, again, identified slightly different. However, the definition of this word is definitely different; being, “godlike (neuter as noun, divinity): - divine, godhead.

So we see in Romans 1:20, the word Godhead means “godlike”

Lastly, lets look at Acts 17:29

Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Here, the Strong’s word is theios (θεῖος) and is defined as “godlike (neuter as noun, divinity): - divine, godhead. This form of the word originates from G2316 - theos meaning “of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very: —X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).

This form of the word and it’s use here is the same form and use in 2 Peter 1:3, and 2 Peter 1:4 and has been defined as “divine”.

2 Peter 1:3 “According as his divine power…”

2 Peter 1:4 “…partakers of the divine nature…”

So based on what we’ve seen in these three texts and the two supporting texts, we’ve gathered that the Godhead is:

  1. supreme Divinity
  2. godlike
  3. divine (power/nature)

The term Godhead, in the Bible alone, in the context of its use, does not indicate that the Godhead is defining three separate individuals. It is expressing the "supreme godlike divine power and nature" that is within Christ Jesus in the context of the passages it is used.

I’d like to add one more text for our consideration. Supporting evidence that the supreme godlike divine power and nature that is within Christ Jesus, as defined by the Bible.

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

The head of Christ is God. God is the head of Christ. The Supreme Godlike Divine Power and Nature of God in Christ. This defines no Trinity. It simply defines the fullness of the power and nature of God that is in Christ Jesus.

The person's perception of what defines “God” is what makes them believe that the “godhead” is a trinity of beings acting within an office of God. The Bible defines itself and exclaims the Godhead as something else.

I pray you have been blessed by this article.