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TENET Number One - The Unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of the Persons therein.

° By the word God is meant the Being who created, upholds and governs the universe (Gen. 1:1; Neh. 9:6; Isa. 51:13; Rev. 4:11).

° There is only true God (Deut. 4:35, 39; Isa. 44:6, 8; Mark 12-29; 1 Cor. 8:6)

° God is a Spirit, a living Being.

°  Possessing no bodily parts or bodily passions and composed of no material elements. He is not to be apprehended as the object of any of our bodily senses. But being a living Spirit, He possesses and exercises the functions of a rational intelligent nature, distinguishing between right and wrong, and is a free agent Whose action is determined by Himself alone. In Himself He possesses in infinite degree the essential properties of our own spirits (Isa. 40:18; John 4:24; 6:69; 1 Tim 1:17).

°  The Scriptures declare that His Divine Essence possesses attributes that are natural to it, or without which He could not be God. He also possesses attributes that are moral, as expressive of His disposition, or the permanent preference of His will (Exo.34:6; Jer. 9:24).

°  Being infinite, whatever He possesses He possesses in infinite degree, naturally and morally, and is perfect in all His ways (Psalm 147:5; Jer.23:24).

°  He is eternal, or self-existent. He alone is thus: for every other being derives existence from 'Him and is maintained by Him alone. Having no beginning, He can have no ending, whereas His creatures who have immortality possess it by endowment only (Neh. 9:6; Psalm 90:2:139; Col. 1:16,17; 1 Tim. 1:17).

°  He is omniscient in that He has absolute knowledge of all events and things, actual or possible (Isa. 40:12 -14)

°  He is omnipresent in that the whole indivisible Essence of the Godhead is equally present in every moment of eternal duration to the whole of infinite space and to every part of it (Psalm 139:3, 5, 7-10).

°  He is omnipotent in that He is able to do whatever is an act of power that in its exercise is limited to His moral perfections. He created all things for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom and goodness. To create is to bring into being that which had no previous existence (Gen. 17: 1; Psalm 147: 5)

°  He is immutable because His existence being necessary, it is necessarily what is. His perfection neither demands nor requires change. He cannot be changed by anything without Himself and He will not change from any principle within Himself. He is absolutely immutable and can know neither variableness nor shadow cast by turning (Isà.40:28;James 1:17).

°  God's natural attributes perfectly fit Him to be the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and because His Glory rests not only or~ the existence of these attributes but also on the use He makes of them. His moral character is of infinite interest and importance. The consummate Glory of all the Divine perfections in union, therefore, is their manifestation of God's character as benevolent (Exo. 33:18, 19; 34:5-7).

°  Benevolence is the sum of all His moral perfections, for each of them is but an aspect or exercise of this (1 John 4:8).

°  Thus God is infinitely wise; He Knows what is best and makes benevolent use of all knowledge and power (Psalm 147;5; Isa. 40:12-14; Ehp.1: 7-9; 3:9-11)

°  God is infinitely just: He has a hearty practical regard for the rights of all (Psalm 89 :14).

°  God is infinitely merciful; He is disposed to pardon sin where it can be done agreeably with what is right (Psalm 100:5; 103:1-22).

°  God is true: He is disposed to represent things and facts as they are (Exo. 34:6; Deut. 32:4; Psalm 51:6).

°  God is holy: He is disposed to do what is right universally (Lev. 11:44; 1 Pet. 1:16).
°  God possesses every attribute in Divine perfection. His natural and incommunicable attributes are Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience, Immutability and Eternity. His moral communicable attributes are Justice, Holiness, Wisdom, Truth, Love, etc. (Matt. 5:48).

°  But the Scriptures also teach that God speaks of Himself sometimes as more than one and the Hebrew word generally used for God in the Old Testament is plural in form. The Word reveals that there are three distinct Persons in the Godhead, named the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The entire undivided unity of the Divine Essence exists as a Trinity that are equal and alike in nature and attributes. They are distinct in their personalities, each having His own mind and will, and each engaged on His own work, yet essentially one in will, purpose and activity. These three Persons are numerically one substance or essence, and constitute one invisible God (Isa. 48: 16; Matt, 3:16.17; 28:19; Luke 22:24; John 5:18; 10:30; 15:10; 16:5, 7,13-15; 17:22~24; Rom. 8:26, 27, 32).

°  The following Scriptures reveal clearly that Three Persons are referred to in the Godhead : - Matt. 28: 19 Matt 3: 16, 17,John 14:16, 26 1 John 5 : 7, John.15:26 llCor.13:14, Eph. 4: 4-6