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by Wayne Blank
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:
"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."
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."
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."