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God Being

The meaning of the English term Godhead was more obvious when spoken in its original Anglo-Saxon form, Godhood (the connection is still sometimes seen in some usage, such as a hood goes on the head). As a suffix, hood means a state of being e.g. parents live in parenthood, children live in childhood, neighbors live in the neighborhood, and so on.

Godhead, or Godhood, is used 3 times in the King James Bible to translate 3 closely-related Greek adjectives of the New Testament (see New Testament Fact File), pronounced thee-oss, thee-ot-ace and theh-ot-ace - all of which are based on the Greek word pronounced thee-ohs, which means divinity, or deity. Godhead simply means being God, or as a noun, the God Being.

"Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God"

When the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) spoke before the pagan philosophers of Athens, he explained to them that the Divine Being, or Godhead, was not a lifeless idol, or merely an abstract idea, but an all-powerful living God who created all things - the creation being the incontrovertible proof of the existence of a Creator:

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"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands [for the reason that God had a Temple constructed in Jerusalem, see "My Father's House"]; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us: For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring."

"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 [see The Second Commandment]. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead." (Acts 17:24-31 KJV)

Pagans made, and make, "gods" out of all sorts of created things, rather than the Creator. As Paul plainly states in the verses below, failure, or more precisely, refusal, to recognize the only true God also produces a perverted view of His creation, including all sorts of "vile affections" which are "against nature" (history records that many of the "great" pagan philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle, were homosexuals):

"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: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the Glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the Truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."

"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet." (Romans 1:20-27 KJV)

Jesus Christ is The Logos of God (John 1:1-18), "in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily":

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." (Colossians 2:6-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did Paul mean by "we are the offspring of God" in the verses above?
See Spiritual Conception and "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit"

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