Question 10: How many persons are there in the Godhead?

Question 10: How many persons are there in the Godhead?

Answer: There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in essence, equal in power and glory.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:11; 8:6; John 1:1; 10:30; 14:9; 20:28; Acts 5:3,4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3.

Comment: The word “Godhead” is needed because we shouldn’t say that there are three persons in God. No, there are three persons who are God. Nor should we say that there are three Gods. There is one God. They are distinct persons with special roles in creation and redemption. But they are in perfect harmony and are (in ways beyond our comprehension) perfectly One God. (See The Pleasures of God, by John Piper, Multnomah Press, pp. 38, 42-44 for one explanation of the Trinity.)

Source: A Baptist Catechism (Adapted by John Piper)

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One Response to Question 10: How many persons are there in the Godhead?

  1. lawyertheologian says:

    Isn’t saying that “there are three persons who are God” imply that each person is himself God and thus resulting in three Gods? Maybe “three persons in God” is not the best way to put it, but God consists of three persons. God is three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Not the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God, though divinity is an attribute of each of these persons. I still think that Gordon Clark has the best writing/explanation of the Trinity. See his book entitled same, available at trinityfoundation.org. Also, you can check out my blog for a discussion of same.

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