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:" (Romans 1:20).
The "Godhead" has always been understood by Christian
theologians to refer to the divine Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit: one
God manifest in three Persons. The Greek word itself does not mean "trinity,"
but simply "Godhood"- the nature of God: God as He has revealed Himself.
But that is the point; He has revealed Himself as a triune God. He is one God
(Deuteronomy 6:4; James 2:19), yet not as the ineffable, unapproachable unitary
God of the Muslims but as invisible omnipresent Father and as visible, approachable
Son, and also as indwelling, guiding Spirit. This remarkable structure of God,
like His eternal power, is clearly reflected in His physical creation, which could
almost be said to be a model of the Godhead. That is, the created universe is
tri-universe of space, matter and time, with each permeating and representing
However, the universe is not partly composed of space, partly of matter, partly
of time (like, for example, the three sides of a triangle). A trinity is not a
trio or a triad, but a tri-unity, with each part comprising the whole, yet all
three are required to make the whole. Thus, the universe is all space, all time,
and all matter (including energy as a form of matter); in fact, scientists speak
of it as a space - matter- time continuum. Furthermore, note the parallels between
the tri-universe and the divine Trinity in terms of the logical order of the three
components. Space (like the Father) is the invisible, omnipresent background of
Matter (like the Son) reveals the universe (like the Godhead) in visible, understandable
form. Time (like the Spirit) is the entity by which the universe (like the Godhead)
becomes applicable and understandable in events and experience. But that is not
Space is a tri-unity comprised of three dimensions, with each dimension permeating
all space. The reality of any portion of space is obtained by multiplying the
three dimensions together (the "mathematics of the Trinity" is not 1
+ 1 + 1 = 1, but rather 1 x 1 x 1 = 1).
Further, space is identified in one dimension, seen in the second dimension, experienced
in the third dimension.
Similarly, time is future, present and past. The future is the unseen source of
time, manifest moment-by-moment in the present, experienced and understood in
Finally, matter is unseen, omnipresent energy, manifesting itself in various forms
of measurable motion, then experienced in corresponding phenomena. For example,
light energy generates light waves which are experienced in the seeing of light.
Sound energy generates sound waves which we experience when we hear sound.
Thus the physical universe is a great "Trinity of trinities," with the
inner relationships of each element beautifully modeling the relationships of
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All of this does not prove that God is a Trinity,
but it certainly is a remarkable fact. It is an amazing effect which can be explained
on the assumption that God is a triune God, and has made His creation to reflect
Himself, but it is very hard to explain any other way. The two other references
to the "Godhead" occur in Acts 17:29 and Colossians 2:9.