(Part of the Hebrews 1:8-10 study & the Effective Bible Study web page group.)
The Title Ho Theos is comprised of two Greek words. ho meaning, "the" and theos meaning, "god". The use of the title is only a small part in the scriptural evidence proving that Jesus is God and that the Godhead is Triune in Nature. Obviously, these two words will appear in various places of New Testament. The Gospel writers all used the TITLE, ho theos to refer to the One, True God, as did the writers of the Epistles. There are places in the New Testament, where the word ho is followed by the word theos and they are not being used as a title. The context of where the words appear determines if it is meant to be a title, or not. This is a clearly evident fact to all, but those who attempt to deny that Jesus is God, Jehovah, and also those who attempt to deny the Triune Nature of the Godhead, Trinity. They like to point to 2 Co 4:4, as proof that ho theos does not signify Almighty God.
- - "-in whom the (ho) god (theos) of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving ones, so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ (who is the image of God) should not dawn on them. "
Completely ignoring the structure of the verse, they point out that in this verse ho and theos do not mean Almighty God, which is correct. However it is undeniably clear from the grammatical and sentence structure, that they are not being used as a title. The title in this case is god of this world; not, The God. Much the same as Mat 22:32,
- - "I am the (ho) God (theos) of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
where the titles are, "God of Abraham", "God of Isaac", & "God of Jacob."
That the TITLE Ho Theos, refers only to Jehovah God is proved by New Testament. There are a large number of verses, which evidence this fact, A few of them follow.
- - "And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God (ho theos)! "
Clearly, ho theos, is being used as a title. The verse would make no sense translated as, "My Lord and My the God!" For an in-depth look at this verse and its true meaning visit John 20:28.
Here are a few more of the many verses, which show ho theos used as the title for Almighty God. I won't belabor the point by addressing each verse for I am sure that you can grasp that the use of ho theos is to signify Almighty God.
- - "-You shall worship the Lord your God (ho theos), and Him only you shall serve."
- - "Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God (ho theos) with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. "
- - "-and you shall love the Lord your God (ho theos) with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment."
- - "And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? (which being translated is, My God, My God (ho theos), why did You forsake Me?)"
- - "And he shall turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God (ho theos)."
- - "But my God (ho theos) shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
- - "-for also, 'Our God (ho theos)is a consuming fire. "
As I said at the beginning, the application of the title, ho theos forms only a very small part of the biblical evidence that Jesus is Jehovah God and that the Godhead is Triune in Nature. The word "the" followed immediately by the word "God(god)" appears only 40 times in Literal Translations of the New Testament. 39 of which refer to the One True God. The only exception is 2Co 4:4. The Greek word " ho " followed immediately by the word " theos " appears upwards of 950 times in the original manuscripts, with the exception of 2Co 4:4, they are used to indicate Jehovah God. The intent & teachings of the God-inspired authors is quite clear. Those who cite 2Co 4:4 as proof that the title does not mean Almighty God are grasping at straws and ignoring the message of Holy Scripture.