Acts 17:29 (KJB) 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.
The Godhead, as was recorded in this verse, directly points exclusively to the triune God; The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. It can also be referred to as the Trinity in world-based terminology, but God used the term the Godhead in this verse and others. In honoring and revering God in our walk, this simple, yet complex term is vital for every child of God to comprehend with both his mind and heart.
The Divine Nature, as is also a biblical term that was inspired by God in other scripture verses (but this term not used in this particular verse). The King James Bible was God-breathed and points to the eternal nature of God in the way God desired. No man should ever entertain swapping out God’s choice of wording for one of his choosing, especially if the word or phrase does not carry the same intent and meaning.
The bottom line- biblical alterations should never be viewed as tolerable nor accepted by sincere hearted professing Christians.
Just as this verse above states for our learning, The Godhead; The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are supernatural, and certainly not like anything found on this earth. Including that of precious gold or silver. Though these things may hold great value on this earth, they have no perceived worth in light of eternity.
The eternal essence of God is more precious than anything found on this earth; whether it be financial, material goods or something considered significant in this world. All things based in this world will rot and rust and one day will be destroyed upon the end of this earth according to God’s timetable and will.
This term the divine nature substituted in some Bible per-versions, as written in KJB shown above, was also used of God in other verses in the King James Bible including:
2 Peter 1:4 (KJB) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
If God desired to use this term in Acts 17:29, then He would have inspired it to be recorded by the Apostle Luke from the beginning by leading him to scribe it as the divine nature, but, as you know, He did not. God’s direction to Luke was to register it as the Godhead. There is no need to alter any of God’s ancient but timeless text ever.
However, in new wording, the phrase the divine nature is often interchanged with other circumstances not pointing to the Godhead. This term can also be found when speaking about spiritual things, gods, as well as when sincerely looking to God as is found in this one verse from the book of Acts in the King James Bible referenced above. The reader must be acquainted with the different purposes in using this term for it can be employed to construe a pagan deity or to point to false gods. At best it is most often cleverly worded false doctrine mudding a spiritually precise term. The continued use of this often wrongly applied terms can only serve to cause spiritual confusion and misunderstandings rather than being a spiritual benefit in genuinely bringing God honor and glory.
The divine being is another closely associated term also interchanged in updated Bible per-versions among so-called Bible scholars. Again, this alteration only serves to cause muddled minds and hampered hearts rather than pointing exclusively to the Godhead; who is The Father, The Son, and The Spirit of God deserving of garnering reverence and respect. It is the essence of who God is and forever will be throughout eternity.
Even though these terms seem compatible, when you can study for yourself, you will discover that what appears to be the same in this world can project an entirely different biblical meaning. Each of us must study, study, study God’s Word so that we can better discern the truth from such modern errors as this as is frequently found in modern Bible per-versions. Do not let yourself be entangled in such errors in doctrine by knowing and applying the timeless truths of God.