Book: Is God a Trinity?

God Is a Family

Early theologians were driven by the need to explain the appearance of Jesus Christ. Some found their explanation by fabricating the Trinity doctrine. But since God is not a Trinity, and since Jesus Christ is God, what is the relationship in the Godhead? Is God one, or are there two separate Gods and Christianity, therefore, polytheistic?

In Chapter Two, we found that the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament. We found that he became flesh and came to this earth to die for mankind. He is called the Son of God and He calls God His Father. By now, the relationship should be clear, God is a family.

We found in Chapter Three that we can become begotten sons of God by the impregnation of God’s Spirit—again a family relationship.

When we understand that God is a family and that God is reproducing after His kind, we are no longer confronted with the problems inherent in the Trinity doctrine, nor are we faced with the problem of worshipping many gods.

There is only one God family. Yet, there are presently two members, and in the future, there will be many more. Jesus was called “the firstborn of many brethren” (Rom. 8:29).

Look at yourself. Whether married or single, you are part of a family. You have parents and maybe even children or grandchildren of your own. Yet, you are still one family.

It was God who created man and put him on the earth. He created marriage and the family relationship as a type of His divine family.

God’s Name Is Plural

The Hebrew word for “God” used in Genesis 1:1 and 26 is Elohim. It is plural in form. Though this word taken by itself does not prove that there are two beings in the Godhead, it allows for the plurality that is clearly indicated in other parts of the Bible.

By what we understand from the rest of the Bible, this word Elohim can act like our English words “family, group, church or crowd.” These words often require a singular verb form, but they all contain more than one member.

The Apostle Paul exemplifies this for us in I Corinthians 12:20. Speaking about the Church he says: “But now are they many members, yet one body.”

God is a family. Presently, there are two members in that God family, God the Father—the Head of the family, the lawgiver—and Jesus Christ the Son—the Spokesman, the Creator. But the word Elohim is not just dual. There is a dual number in Hebrew, but this would have to be Elohim. The God family, however, is destined to be truly plural and to have many members. This is what the word Elohim describes and allows.

Belief in a Trinity clouds the real purpose that God has in store for mankind. If we are taught that God is a closed Trinity of three persons, we lose sight of the fact that God’s real purpose is to create many more members of the God family.

Look at the creation account in Genesis 1. God created fish after the fish kind, birds after the bird kind, and animals after the animal kind. But in verse 26, God made man—not after any animal kinds, but after the God kind—in God’s image and likeness. “And God [Hebrew, Elohim] said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish in the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

God created man in their own image. Man is greater than the rest of the creation, because God gave him mind power. He has dominion over all the creatures. Man is not an animal. He was created in the image of God—after the God kind.

Taught in the New Testament

The Apostle John understood God’s plans for mankind. Notice what he wrote in I John 3:1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father [here is the family relationship—not a closed trinity] hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are [already] we the [begotten] sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him.” We are the begotten sons now, and will be born sons of God at the resurrection.

It is clearly God’s plan to bring many sons into His family. “For it became him [God the Father], for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto the glory, to make the captain of the salvation [Jesus Christ] perfect through sufferings” (Heb. 2:10).

The pages of the Bible are filled with God’s great purpose for man. And yet, the majority of this world’s professing Christians are blinded to this central biblical truth. Why? Because Satan has deceived the whole world (Rev. 12:9). God is not a closed Trinity, God is a family— family in which you can become a member.

Why the Deception?

Why has Satan deceived the world with the doctrine of the Trinity? Because he doesn’t want you to rule in his place! Satan was originally created to carry out God’s rule on earth. But, he refused to serve the Creator and even fomented a rebellion to dislodge God from His position as Ruler over the whole universe (Ezek. 28:11-19; Isa. 14:12-14). A third of the angels united with Lucifer in that rebellion and were cast back down to this earth with him (Rev. 12:3-4)—having forever disqualified themselves and Satan from ruling in the government of God. However, Satan and his demonic cohorts remain in office until Christ actually returns.

Yet Satan and his demonic cohorts, being disqualified, do not want anyone else to ever take their place. For this reason, they have tried to hide the breathtakingly beautiful truth of God from the world for nearly 6,000 years. If they can succeed in making you believe in the Trinity, you will be deceived into thinking that the Godhead consists of only three persons. You would then never in your wildest dreams imagine that you were created to be born into the God family and to actually have a part in ruling this Earth!

Satan wants you to think that God is a limited Trinity and not a growing family or kingdom into which we may enter, through the grace of God.

That is the truth of the Trinity. God’s family isn’t closed to mankind as Satan wants you believe.

It is wide open to you and your family and all mankind. You can be made in the exact likeness of God at Christ’s return!

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