The Trinity Doctrine: What the word Godhead means.

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There are three references to the “Godhead” in scripture, each translated from a slightly different word from the next:

Acts 17:29 – Greek: theios (Strong’s 2304)
Romans 1:20 Greek: theiotes (Strong’s 2305)
Colossians 2:9 Greek: theotes (Strong’s 2320)

The word theios as it is used in Acts 17:29 is also translated “divine” in 2 Peter 1:3-4. According to Strong’s, the meaning here is “godlike, divinity.” Theiotes is only used in Romans 1:20 and only means “divinity.” Strong’s also says that theiotes comes from theios, so the definition “godlike” may probably be used for this word as well. Theiotes, along with theotes are defined with the word “abstractly” (difficult to understand) and theotes (Colossians 2:9) comes from the Greek word “theos” which simply means “a deity, supreme, very.” What does all this tell us? We need more information! One way or the other, each one of these words find their way back to the Greek word theos. So we will have to look for “theos” (normally translated god, gods) as well as Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit and see what connections, if any, can be made. And although one should not expect to understand fully the divine Godhead, we are told that it can somewhat be understood, for it was revealed (Romans 1:20). But before doing this, let us note a couple of verses which makes it clear that…

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Edwin Cotto

With years of experience in evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries including Our Higher Calling and Spanish ministry El Ministerio Internacional Jesús es la Solución where he had the opportunity to travel conducting evangelistic meetings. Edwin has also appeared on 3ABN, worked as the main apologist at the Adventist Defense League, and is trained and certified with the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is also a Bible Worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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