Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 11, 2006

One God, No Others

We begin our overview of the doctrine of the Trinity by establishing the biblical basis for the belief in one God.  Not only is it an essential doctrine in itself, it is an essential presupposition in formulating our affirmation of the Trinity.  There are numerous passages in Scripture, which affirm that there is only one God.  We have selected a few in the following to demonstrate the biblical basis for this belief:

The Apostle Paul makes the following statement in 1 Timothy1:17: 

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.

The prophet Zechariah makes the following statement in Zechariah 14:9: 

And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one. 

Moses records the following in Deuteronomy 6:4: 

Hear, O Israel!  The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 

James indirectly acknowledges this truth in the following James 2:19: 

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

As we read in the passages noted above, it is certainly clear that Scripture affirms the belief in one God. Although the Scriptures clearly affirm that there is only one true God, He is not the only God that is mentioned.  We must concede that other gods, such as Dagon, Baal, Zeus, Hermes and Diana are also mentioned in the Scriptures.  However, the mentioning of these gods does not necessarily imply they are authentic.  These are all false gods that were worshipped in error by sinful people.  The Scriptures also make it clear that just because people worship another god it does not suggest they actually exist.  We see in the following declarations irrefutably that there are no other gods:

The first commandment prohibits the allegiance to any other god in Deuteronomy 5:7: 

You shall have no other gods before Me.

The prophet Hosea pronounces this prohibition to the people in the following:  Hosea 13:4: 

Yet I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; and you were not to know any god except Me, for there is no savior besides Me.

The prophet Isaiah makes numerous statements that deny the existence of other gods.  He even ridicules the people who use wood from that same tree to cook there food and make an idol.  He makes the following pronouncement in Isaiah 43:10-13: 

“You are my witnesses” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.  Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me.  I, even I, am the Lord and there is no savior besides Me.  It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; so you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord “And I am God.  Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?”

Here the Psalmist explicitly states our proposition in Psalm 96:5: 

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 

According to the Scriptures, we can be assured that there are no other gods besides the God of the Bible.  This truth served as a boundary that the early Church fathers at Nicea were unable to cross.  At the conclusion of there task, they would have to make certain that the resolution of the controversy preserved the belief in one God.  In our next entry we will consider some of the implications with the fact that there is only one God who is there.

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