Unraveling the Mystery of the Trinity
One of the most difficult tenets of the Christian faith to
understand or to explain is the doctrine of the triune
nature of God. This has led to the recent resurgence of
groups that teach "Jesus Only," or "Jehovah Only." The Local
Church headed by Witness Lee has developed a "God is
processed" theology that states that God the Father became
God the Son for the purpose of redemption and salvation, and
following His ascension, He was processed into the Spirit,
which is His new permanent form and position.
There is, amazingly enough, scant information in the Bible
itself to help unravel this mystery. There is a dearth of
prepositional statements that would aid us—statements like,
"God is three persons in one," or "God Father, Son, and Holy
Instead, we find statements such as "the Lord our God is one
God." Many have seized on this passage to develop the
theologies stated above.
Therefore, to unravel the mystery of the Godhead, we must
resort to the line upon line, precept upon precept principle
of interpreting Holy Scripture to begin to fathom what our
Creator and God "looks like."
Here is what we know. God is a Father who has a personal
name, Jehovah. God is a Son, who has a personal name, Jesus.
God is a "Spirit," which is unique in that He has NO
Seeing the Face of God in the Things That Are Made
Paul says in Romans 1:20 that the Godhead can be "seen" in
the things that are made.
Looking specifically at the living things that God has made
(in contrast to inanimate matter), all creatures exist in
two sexes for the purpose of reproduction, or bringing forth
offspring. All creatures (including even plant life)
comprise male and female forms--the male generally being
referred to as the "father," and the female as the "mother."
The union of the male and female brings forth after their
"kind," as in Genesis 1. This is a pervasive pattern of
life--from the beginning of life to the continuation of
Some believe that God refers to Himself as "Father" because
humans are born of human fathers, and this gives us a grid
by which we can relate to God's position of loving authority
over his creation. But there is another possibility, and
that is that life, being created by God, reflects the very
life forces that have operated in God eternally. That is to
say, that God IS Father, and has been Father since eternity,
and would be Father even in the absence of any created
beings in a physical universe. If this is accepted, it can
be seen that God has not "named" Himself "Father" after our
image and likeness of our human fathers, but in fact, our
fathers are called "father" because they are a reflection of
God in our humanity.
Going further, we can see that all "fathers" throughout
creation bring forth "sons" through the agency of a second
aspect of the same species. That is, the union of the father
or male aspect of a species with a female aspect results in
the bringing forth of "sons," which for the purpose of the
continuation of life are also born male and female--male
sons and female sons.
Again--within the Godhead, the Father has a name, the Son
has a name. The Spirit has no personal name of its own. It
is interesting that many commentaries point out that the
reason Abraham's servant Eliezer's name is not mentioned one
time in Genesis 24 is because in this chapter he is a type
of the Holy Spirit calling out a Bride for the Son.
It is also interesting to note that God said "Let us make
man in our image and in our likeness" and that He made them
"male and female" and that He called their name "Adam." Adam
called his wife "Eve," but God called her "Adam." She had no
personal name from God's perspective, for she was to Adam
what the Holy Spirit is to the Father. And just as Adam knew
his wife and she conceived and brought forth a son, so the
Father and Spirit and the Son have been one for eternity.
The implications of this understanding of the "triune God"
are, as Francis Schaeffer would say, simply titanic. Titanic
and pervasive. Once this view of the trinity has been seen
as at least a possibility, many things concerning the roles
of men and women as portrayed in both the Old and New
Testaments take on new meaning. They are not simply the
accident of culture or the result of repression on the part
of a patriarchal society. They are woven into the warp and
woof of human nature and the reality of what the woman is
Western man, especially Americans, tend to view nearly all
matters ethical and esoteric from the standpoint of the
individual. This is in contrast to the Eastern or Oriental
view, which see the individual as important only inasmuch as
the individual contributes to and complements a larger unit,
whether it be the family, a clan, a tribe, or a race.
This emphasis on the individual makes it difficult for
Americans to "get a feel" for the communal aspects of
spirituality as depicted in both the New and Old
Testaments--of tribes and a nation of the elect in the Old
Testament, or of the true nature of what is referred to as
"the church" or community of believers in the New Testament.
Just as the church is a body made up of many members, so the
family is and always has been made of many members. It has
just been demonstrated that what we refer to as the nuclear
"family" is really a miniature version of God Himself in the
fullness of the Godhead. That is, we generally hear God say
"Let us make man in our image and in our likeness," and then
we see Adam rising from the dust and we say, "There--that is
the image and likeness of God." But the Bible doesn't say
that exactly. It says God reached into the man and brought
forth the woman, and the two "knew" each other, or came back
together into one flesh, and brought forth "seed" after
their kind. We personally believe that the image and
likeness of God was not complete until Adam and Eve brought
forth a son. A single man in isolation, or a single woman in
isolation does not reflect what God is and has always been.
It is the union of the man and the woman and the bringing
forth of the son that completes the picture.
Seeing God in the Things The Devil Attacks
Given that, is it any wonder the devil's attacks are almost
all directed at the destruction of the basic "family unit?"
Militant homosexually (a direct attack on the person of the
Father, of His masculine nature), militant feminism (a
direct attack on the submissive nature of the Holy Spirit
vis-à-vis God the Father), and the pro-abortion movement (a
direct attack on the Son, or offspring aspect) are the most
divisive issues on the earth today and in fact are serving
to polarize absolutely those who believe in God from those
who believe in humanism. This is why it is important to
those who are opposed to Godliness to depict families as
being comprised of two mommies or two daddies, as well as
objecting to references to single-parent families as being
something less than ideal.
Any breakdown of the analogy, if it can be called an analogy
rather than a model, has to do with the fact that God has
created man to inhabit a physical universe demarcated by the
boundaries of time and space. Therefore, physical males and
females bring forth sons by way of a process. In the
Godhead, the bringing forth of the Son is not a process.
That is, the Son IS eternally. He is brought forth in
eternity before He is brought forth in time (through the
agency of a young Hebrew female). The Father and the Spirit
are One in eternity, so an "act" equivalent to the coming
together of Adam and Eve, or any man and woman since, is not
called for, and maybe not even possible. This means that the
sex act as experienced in time and space is pointing to
something that already exists in God from eternity. And this
should not surprise us, since all we see tells us something
of our Creator, as Paul pointed out in Romans 1.
Again, it is obvious that so much of the devil's scheming
against man, which is actually an attack on God Himself,
entails a preoccupation with sexuality in an effort to both
promote it and downplay it at the same time--that is, it is
promoted to school children as being no big deal if they
would like to go ahead and begin experimenting, and at the
same time it is promoted as being the only big deal in
sit-com plots, commercial advertisements, and of course, the
booming pornography industry, which is continually morphing
into mainstream "network" entertainment, or vice versa.
A true understanding of the actual nature of God--of what He
looks like, so to say--goes a long way in explaining a lot
of things that are going on today, and that have been going
on since before Lot fled Sodom and Gomorrah. It also sheds
never before understood light on such passages as I
Corinthians 11 and I Timothy 2:14.
Implications of the True Nature of God for Gender Roles
It is beyond question that both the Old and New Testaments
portray the woman as being in a submissive position to the
man, whether it be her father or her husband. In the Old
Testament, a widow would need to be joined to one of her
husband's unmarried brothers to maintain her "covering," or
come under the covering, i.e., authority, of her oldest son.
In this respect, it is interesting that the covenant sign
given to Abraham, circumcision, was a cutting of the flesh
in the distinctly male member of the human body. Did this
mean that females were excluded from the covenant? No one
teaches this. It is obvious that females were also in
"possession" of a circumcised member as long as they
maintained their position of submission. That is, the
unmarried female was included in the covenant promises by
virtue of her father's circumcision, as she was of his
flesh. When a woman married, she was joined flesh to flesh
with her husband, and as long as she remained in this union,
the circumcision in her husband's flesh was truly counted as
her own circumcision. If she became a widow and did not
remarry, she would be covered by the circumcision in her
oldest son's flesh, who of course received life from her. If
she were widowed before having a son, her husband's family
was obligated to give her one of the unmarried brothers of
her husband so that, by virtue of having again a circumcised
member she would not lose her covenant position and
In each case, there was a true flesh-to-flesh relationship
between the female and the holder of her circumcision.
In the New Testament, physical circumcision of the flesh of
the male is done away with, and Paul states that each
believer, whether male or female, is circumcised with the
circumcision made without hands. There is no male or female
"in Christ," that is, from the viewpoint of the Spirit. But
the fact that saved born-again Christians continue to marry
and bear children, thereby creating families, points to the
fact that while there is no male or female in Christ, in the
natural, physical realm, we continue to be both male and
female as originally created by the Creator.
Many books have been written and much energy has been
expended to try to explain away the gender specific
distinctions and roles depicted in the New Testament in such
passages as I Corinthians 11, I Timothy 2:9-15, Titus 2:2-5,
and I Peter 3:1-6, and of course the famous passages
regarding "submission" in Ephesians and Colossians.
It is not within the scope of this article to attempt an
exposition of these passages here. Suffice it to say, the
roles and responsibilities delineated in these passages have
their source not in the social customs prevalent at the time
of the writing, but in the nature of God Himself, and so are
not to be seen as being "out of date" in today's
"enlightened" and "liberated" society, but continue through
the ages to be binding on godly men and woman of any age who
desire to live out the purposes of God in the face of a
unbelieving and uncomprehending world.
This article is meant to serve only as a spring board or a
launching pad for a serious look at the nature of the
Godhead and the implications posed to our sexuality, our
families, and our societal relations in preparation for our
soon entrance into the Kingdom of God on earth (or the
Millennium, if you will) where all things will restored to
the original pattern. Don't be shocked to find the older men
"sitting in the gates" of the cities and towns while the
woman are gathering at the wells and riverbanks. It is
unimaginable that anyone expects to find Family Planning
clinics and other abortion mills operating under the
authority of Jesus Christ in the Millennium—which in itself
should be a good enough reason to be opposed to the practice
on this side of the Second of Coming, regardless of any
arguments of rape or danger to the mother. Gay marriage?
Same answer. We are opposed to these movements (including
the "Woman's Rights" movement) not because we are hateful or
want to see others oppressed, but because we love God and
believe His ways are the best ways for all of mankind.
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