“But I would have you know,
that the head of every man is Christ;
and the head of the woman is the man;
and the head of Christ is God.”
In Genesis 3:16 God told the woman, “… and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” So the man rules over the woman, he is above her in power and authority; he is the head of the woman. The woman is not less important or less valuable, she is just subordinate to the man under God’s hierarchy to protect, love, nurture and to help her. The man has a great responsibility to care for his wife and is commanded by God to love her as Christ loves the church (the Body of Christ). The church is very valuable to Jesus; the wife is also very valuable to her husband, she isn’t diminished by being in subjection to him and neither is the church of God.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it”
This gives us a deeper understanding of the term “head” which God uses to describe the chain of command, the hierarchy and rulership the Father has established. Now looking at the examples the Bible gives us, we see that God the Father is above Jesus Christ in power, authority and rulership. The Father is the supreme head, being the Godhead; He is “the most high God”. God the Father is the Godhead, He is the head God, He is the most high God.
In 1Corinthians15:27-28 God has clarified the position of the Lord Jesus Christ and this doesn’t diminish Jesus either. God the Father has given Jesus a better name, a name above all names and the Father has given Jesus all power and all authority over everything in heaven and in the earth. But notice first that this belongs to God the Father and it has been given to Jesus His Son because of what Christ accomplished for the Father and creation through His incredible sacrifice and service. (A symbolic type for this is Pharaoh and Joseph)
The word “wherefore” means “therefore” or “for that reason”.
“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I believe that the relationship between Pharaoh and Joseph in Genesis 41:40-42 represents a symbolic type of Christ, I think it gives us a good example of how and what God the Father has given to Jesus Christ His Son. It also shows how Pharaoh and Joseph are the same in power and authority over everyone in Pharaoh’s kingdom and it also shows the difference in power and authority between Pharaoh and Joseph. This story clearly demonstrates the hierarchy of power on every side.
“Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.”
When we take a closer look at 1 Corinthians 15:27-28 we can see that God the Father is greater than Jesus and is not under Christ’s authority. Also it shows distinctly that the Father and the Son are two separate beings and the Father is not the same person as Jesus Christ; but the Father is the greatest ruler over all called “the Godhead”.
“For HE hath put all things under His feet. But when HE saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that HE is excepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto HIM that put all things under Him, that GOD may be all in all.”
In modern English paraphrased:
God the Father put all things under Jesus’ feet, meaning the Father put all of creation in heaven and in earth under the complete and total power and authority of Jesus His Son. But when the Father said that all things are put under Jesus’ complete control it is clearly obvious that God the Father is exempted and not included in that complete control, power or authority, because it’s the Father who gave Jesus that power. God the Father retains His position in the hierarchy continuing to be “the most high God”, being the Godhead – the head God or head ruler over all creation even though HE has given all power to Jesus.
And when all things will be subdued under Jesus (when His enemies are made His footstool, meaning when they are finally conquered and brought under His complete control, no longer under Satan’s); then Jesus will also be subject to God the Father who is Jesus’ head (ruler), as also stated in 1 Corinthians 11:3.
Here are some more scripture references that God the Father gave and transferred all power and authority to Jesus that He didn’t have before it was given to Him (If Jesus already had it, then it wouldn’t have been necessary for the Father to give it to Him.)
“Who being the brightness of HIS glory, and the express image of HIS person, and upholding all things by the word of HIS power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said HE at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to ME a Son? And again, when HE bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, HE saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.”
In modern English and paraphrased:
Jesus is the brightness of God the Father’s glory and He looks just like the Father. Jesus upholds everything by the word of the Father’s eternal power (which only the Father generates). And when Jesus made the atonement and purged their sins, by His own sacrifice and by His own body and blood, then He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Jesus took His place in the Father”s throne room as second in command in His Father’s house over all His Father’s house. He is second only to God the Father who is the original sole first in command. It goes on to say that Jesus was MADE (given) a better position than the angels because Jesus BY INHERITANCE obtained (was given) a more excellent name than them; a greater position, more power and authority than them. The next thing that’s being described is how this inheritance of Jesus’ was received and why. All the angels are referred to as “the sons of God” in the book of Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7. But God is describing something different which has to do with 1.) Jesus coming in the flesh at which point the Father gives Him glory and honor by commanding that the angels to worship Him (which was only to be done for the Father before that) and then 2.) Jesus became “the first begotten” from the dead when God the Father resurrected Him back to life after His death and burial. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice He is considered to be “the first” to be resurrected from the dead (even though Moses had already been resurrected into heaven) this is because according to His position as “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” He leads the way for us (being first) because of His sacrifice which made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and to be resurrected back to life. Jesus’ sacrifice leads the way, so He is first.
“God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children,
in that HE hath raised up Jesus again;
as it is also written in the second psalm,
Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”
Here is another scripture showing that God the Father is the God (head) of Jesus who is giving Jesus all power and authority over everything and everyone.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of HIM: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of HIS calling, and what the riches of the glory of HIS inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of HIS power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of HIS mighty power, which HE wrought in Christ, when HE raised him from the dead, and set Him at HIS own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of HIM that filleth all in all.”
There are only three scriptures in the entire Bible that mention, define and describe the Godhead; Acts 17::23-31, Romans 1:20 and Colossians 2:9. It clearly shows that the Godhead is only God the Father and no one else. There are no scriptures stating that God is part of a trinity, or of Him being a triune being, three persons in one; that is a man-made doctrine.
“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, HIM declare I unto you. 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; 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. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because HE hath appointed a day, in the which HE will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom HE hath ordained; whereof HE hath given assurance unto all men, in that HE hath raised Him from the dead.”
The apostle Paul describes God the Father as being a single being who:
1.) Gives life to all
2.) In HIM we have our being
3.) We are HIS offspring
4.) He is the Godhead
5.) HE has appointed a day of final judgment
6.) He will judge the world by HIS Son Jesus
From the beginning to the end of these scriptures, the Apostle Paul is referring to God the Father. He is also explaining who God the Father is and refers back to Him as being the Godhead and also saying that He has appointed a day of judgment and He will judge the world by “that Man whom He has ordained” which is Jesus Christ His Son. The one Paul calls the Godhead is limited by the description of “He has appointed a day” for judgment; and Jesus tells us in Mark 13:32-33 that the only one who knows that appointed day is God the Father alone. So Jesus is excluded from the description of the Godhead because He didn’t appoint that day and also doesn’t know when it will be. Jesus said that not even the angels or He knows that day. In my opinion, when we read the word Godhead it literally means the head ruler, head God, the Godhead; the Supreme God; not three Gods in one; not three persons in one: it means the only one self-existent God who is the only one who gives life from Himself alone. (More details concerning Jesus’ role in creation and with the Holy Spirit will be in the chapters on “Who is the Holy Spirit” and “Who is Jesus Christ”.)
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels which are in heaven,
neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray:
for ye know not when the time is.”
“But the Father” means, “but only the Father” knows the appointed day.
Again, the only one who is self-existent having life within Himself was never given to Him and has always existed having eternal life in Himself (never able to die) is God the Father.
“For as the Father hath life in Himself;
so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself”
Only God the Father has a self-generated life. Jesus was given life by His Father. Also Jesus was given eternal life when He was resurrected from the dead (Jesus died). If you are able to die, you don’t have eternal life. Now that Jesus has been given eternal life (sealed) He is not able to die ever again.
“Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
death hath no more dominion over Him.”
The term “everlasting life” is connected to being “sealed”; eternal life. God the Father has eternal life in Himself automatically and the only other person He has sealed with that everlasting life / eternal life is Jesus Christ; He is the only one who is sealed and can never die again. However, one day the Father will command that blessing over every person who has abided in Him and His covenant of salvation.
“As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
We are not sealed with our own sealing of eternal life (we can still die), but we are sealed with Christ’s seal as long as we are abiding in Him and in His word. To better understand how we are sealed with Jesus’ seal of eternal life, we also have to understand who the Holy Spirit is. Please see the chapter on “Who Is the Holy Spirit”.
Here is the second scripture that mentions the Godhead and it gives us information that defines who the Godhead is. It’s qualified by “His eternal power” that is God the Father, He alone has eternal power. We need to remember that Jesus died being mortal not immortal; it wasn’t until after the Father gave Him eternal life that He became immortal.
“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:
Here is the third and final scripture that mentions the term Godhead.
“For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
Inside Jesus dwells the fullest measure of the Spirit of God the Father. John tells us that the Father didn’t give just a measure (just a small portion) of His Spirit to Jesus like He does with us as believers (1 Corinthians 12 – gifts of the Spirit); but the Father gave Jesus the complete full power and authority of His Spirit (His name). I believe this also represents the pattern that Pharaoh’s ring symbolized in the transferring of his power and authority to Joseph. However the transfer of the power of God the Father comes through the in dwelling of His own Holy Spirit abiding in Jesus Christ which makes Him “one” with the Father spiritually speaking.
“But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works:
that ye may know, and believe,
that the Father is in Me, and I in HIM.”
“Believe Me that I am in the Father,
and the Father in Me…”
That they all may be one;
as Thou, Father, art in Me,
and I in Thee,
that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”
“But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”
It’s important to see that when we as believers are blessed to enter into communion and joined to the Father and Son by the Holy Spirit that abides (lives) in us; we became “one” with both of them, but we don’t become God the Father or Jesus, we are separate beings joined by “one Spirit”.
“What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”
Our physical example of this spiritual joining is demonstrated in Genesis, Matthew and Mark.
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.”
Twain means “two”, they being two persons are made one.
“And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
“And they twain shall be one flesh:
so then they are no more twain,
but one flesh.”
The man doesn’t become a woman and the woman doesn’t become the man.
Jesus “came forth” from God the Father and Jesus testifies in Revelation that He is the beginning of the Father’s creation.
“…These things saith the Amen,
the faithful and true witness,
the beginning of the creation of God”
“Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”
“These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me,
and have believed that I came out from God.
I came forth from the Father,
and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto Him, Lo, now speakest Thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that Thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask Thee: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from God.”
There might be a possible connection of how Jesus came out from God the Father in the book of Genesis. We may see a likeness, a parallel or similarity by reading the account of Eve coming forth out of Adam. This theory is only my opinion and as far as I can tell so far from my studies, the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how Jesus was first given life by God the Father, only that He did and became His Son, and was mortal until after His resurrection when the Father gave Him the power of eternal life, immorality.
“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
The Godhead is defined by the Bible as being:
1.) The one who has appointed a particular final day of judgment. That can only be God the Father because Jesus doesn’t know when that day is.
2.) The one who has eternal power, again the only one who has that is God the Father and it is the Father who gave Jesus that power later through the HIS Holy Spirit.
3.). When Jesus received “all the fulness of the Godhead” it was at His baptism when the Spirit of God the Father defended on Him like a dove. The Godhead again is being referred to as God the Father.
“Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”
“And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him”
“The Holy Ghost” is God the Father and “the Spirit of God” is God the Father; He is the head of Jesus Christ, the only one who is superior to Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:3).