1.THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED
The scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
2. THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal self-existent “I AM”, the creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Is 43:10-11; Matt 28:19; Luke 3:22).
THE ADORABLE GODHEAD
a. Terms defined
The terms “Trinity “ and “Persons”, as related to the Godhead, while not found in the scriptures, are words in harmony with scripture whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many”. We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, who is one Lord , as a Trinity of as the Being or three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural (examples: Matt 19; 2 Corinth. 13:14; John 14:16-17)
b. Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead.
Distinction and relationship in the Godhead taught a distinction of persons in the God head which he expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but that his distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and comprehensive, because it is unexplained. LK1:35; 1 Cor. 1:24; Matt 11:25-27; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 John 1:3-4).
c. Unity of one being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father, and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore, the Father is the Begetter, the Son is the Begotten, and the Holy Spirit is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name is one. John 1:18; Jn 15:16; Jn 17:11, 21: Zech 14:9.
d. Identity and Co-operation in the Godhead.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to person, nor confused as to relationship; nor divided in respect to the Godhead, nor opposed as to co-operation. The Son is the Father and the Father is the Son as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, co-operation and authority. Hence, neither person in the Godhead either exists or works separately or independently of the others. John 5:17-30, 32, 37; Jn 8:17, 18
e. The Title “Lord Jesus Christ”
The appellation, “Lord Jesus Christ”, is a proper name. It is never applied, in the New Testament, either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God. Rm1:3, 7; 2 Jn 3.
f. The Lord Jesus Christ, God with us
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man. He is therefore, acknowledge to be both God and Man, who because He is God and man is Emmanuel”, God with us. Matt1:23; 1 Jn4:2,10,14; Rev 1:13,17.
g. The Title, Son of God.
Since the name “Emmanuel” embraces both God and man in the one person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, Son of God, describes His proper deity, and the title, Son of Man, his power humanity. Therefore, the title, Son of God, belongs to the order of eternity and the title, Son of Man, of the order of time. Matt.1:21-23; 2 Jn3:8; Heb.1:1-13.
h. Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ
Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, Son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation, or because of His relationship to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the being of God; a denial of the Father and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. 2 Jn 9: Jn 1:1, 2, 29, 49: 1 Jn 2:22, 23: 1 Jn 4:1-5; Heb 12:2.
i. Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord
The Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, at down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, angels and principalities and powers have been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father, that God may be all in all. Heb.2: 32-36; Rom 14:1; 1 Cor.15: 24-28.
j. Equal Honor to the Father and the Son
Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of Deity and to give Him all the honor and the glory contained in all names and titled of the Godhead (except those which express relationship. See paragraphs b, c, d) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father. Jn 5:22, 23; 1 Peter 1:8; Rev 5:6-14; Phil 2:8, 9; Rev 7:9, 10; Rev 4:5-11.