"Let US make man in OUR image, after
In the Bible, God refers to Himself in four (4) verses with the plural
pronouns "us" and "our" (Gen 1:26, 3:22 and 11:7; Isa 6:8).
The question is to whom do the "us" and "our" make reference
to? Was there ONE God Being (one person, one center of thought), or were there
TWO God Beings (two persons, two centers of thought), or were there THREE God
Beings (three persons, three centers of thought) from the beginning and
throughout Old Testament time?
But first of all, why is this question important? It is important because it
determines our understanding of God, and whether or not we are in compliance
with the first commandment, not to have any other gods before
the one true God of the Bible. In addition, where you start,
determines where you end up.
Have you ever wondered (or are you even aware?) why God referred to Himself
only six times with the plural pronouns "us" and
"our," and well over seventhousand times with
singular personal pronouns "I" "me" and
"mine?" The overwhelming evidence, based on usage, obviously is that
God was singular and not plural, ONE, and not two or three! Nevertheless, the
six plural pronouns do demand an explanation, for even one such plural reference
raises a question.
Before we consider the "us" and "our" question, let us
consider the fundamental language issue of Gen 1:1. Myself, and about
500,000,000 people in the world speak and read primarily English. If you believe
that God had any involvement in preparing His own Word, the Bible, then you must
at least acknowledge what it says in any translation, that in the beginning was
GOD (singular), and not Gods (plural). God does not require of us to know the
grammatical intricacies of the Hebrew word "Elohim" in order to know
Him. After all, the whole purpose of Gen 1:1 is to let US (English
speaking people) know upfront, that in the beginning was ONE God, and not
TWO or THREE, Gods. Otherwise, and to avoid confusion, God should have written
in all English Bibles:
In the beginning Gods, or
In the beginning the Twinity, or
In the beginning God the Father and God the Son, or
In the beginning God and His Spokesman, or
In the beginning ONE God in TWO persons, or
In the beginning the Trinity, or
In the beginning the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, or
In the beginning ONE God in THREE persons, or
In the beginning the Family of God.
But, search as you will, God did NOT say any of the above, for God is not the
author of confusion. And so, God confirmed in John 1:1, what He said in Gen 1:1,
that in the beginning was ONE God Being (singular), ONE center of thought, with
the additional information that in the beginning was also His WORD (notice:
"His Word," not another God person in a Godhead), and His
Word was always with Him, and His Word was Him. In the
beginning, the ONE God was working, and the thoughts of His mind were executed
and verbalized by and through His WORD.
And so, after referring to Himself as "God" (singular) 24 times
in the first 25 verses of Genesis 1, we come to verse 26 were it says:
"Then God (singular) said, 'Let US (plural) make
man in OUR (plural) image, after OUR (plural)
Again, the question is: Who is meant by the "us" and
"our," and why the use of six plural pronouns? Since no clear, and no
specific answer is given in scripture, a multitude of answers have been put
forth, based on whatever pre-conceived understanding someone might have about
the nature of God, in the beginning.
Depending on what your foundational understanding is about God, determines
how you interpret to whom the "us" and "our" make
If you are a TWINITARIAN where the fundamental doctrine of God is ONE God in TWO
persons (Old Testament time), the "us" and "our" make
reference to the TWO persons, Father and Son, and or, God and His Spokesman, as
defined in the Twinity (Godhead) doctrine. This is obviously false, since in the
beginning (Gen 1:1; John 1:1) there was only ONE God in ONE person, and not one
God in two persons, as in the (false) Twinity doctrine.
If you are a TRINITARIAN, where the fundamental doctrine of God is ONE God in
THREE persons (Old and New Testament time), the "us" and
"our" make reference to the THREE persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
as defined in the Trinity (Godhead) doctrine. This is obviously false, since in
the beginning (Gen 1:1; John 1:1) there was only ONE God in ONE person, and not
one God in three persons, as in the (false) Trinity doctrine.
Now, it could well be that God referred to Himself with six plural pronouns
to show that HE is "all in all." The
"us" and "our," in this context, would simply proclaim that
God is all inclusive, for everything that exists has its being, and derives its
existence from God. God is "US" and "OUR" because God is
"ALL in ALL?"
Other reasons that have been advanced are that the "us" and
"our" are "figures of speech", or make reference to the
"heavenly host - angels," and or that God used the "plurals of
majesty" or the "plurals of deliberation" in speaking about
Himself in the plural?
It could also well be that the "us" and "our" make
reference to the Wisdom of God (female), the Word of
God (male), and the Spirit of God (neuter). Three
attributes of God that are often used in a personified way, three attributes
that have always been with God, and are God.
But, primarily I believe that the "us" and "our" refer to
God and the Word of God, that would (later) BECOME the Son
of God - Jesus. God, who does not exist in time, is using proleptic
language, to show that from His point of view (expressed by only six plural
pronouns) the Word that would become the Son
is already a fact, whereas from man's point of view (expressed by 7000+ singular
pronouns) the birth of the firstborn Son was still in the future.
Let us now consider the Biblical fact that "God is love."
True godly love is not inward, it is outward. True godly love desires to share
itself. There are about 260 references to love in the Old Testament, and an
equal number of references to love in the New Testament. The whole purpose of
human life is to become the recipient of the love of God. However, neither created
human beings, nor created angelic beings have the capacity to develop
or return true godly love.
Therefore, God's plan, from the beginning, was to reproduce Himself
through procreation and raise up for Himself a family, where every
individual would have the same desire and the same capacity to BE LOVE
as He, Himself IS LOVE.
Jesus was born of God, in the fullness of time, when the Word
of God (not a second God) BECAME the Son of God. How?
God, after raising up for Himself a wife, the nation of Israel,
impregnated His (surrogate) wife Mary/Israel, and she bore the only so
begotten and first born Son of God, named Jesus. God not only is
the originator of the family and of reproduction, God is our perfect
example of the family and of reproduction. God is not a dysfunctional
family as in the false Trinitarian (three in one), Twinitarian (two in one) and
Unitarian (one in one) models of defining God!
In Gen 1:24, 25 God made all living creatures according to their
kind. Then in Gen 1:26 comes this major change where God said, "Let
us make man in our image, after our
likeness." God through His Word, spoke proleptically and
prophetically and said let "us" (meaning Himself
and His Word that 4000 years later would become His Son)
make man in our image and likeness. Man was not, at that time, made complete in
the image and likeness of God. Not until after the Word of God
BECAME the Son of God, did the "us" and
"our" reach its full original, indented meaning. It is, after all,
only, through the suffering, death and resurrection (born again) of the Son
of God, that man will eventually, via death and resurrection (born
again) become complete in the image and likeness of God, and become what God is
-- perfect love.
"Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who
loves is begotten of Godand knows God. He who does not love does not
know God; for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us,
that God sent his only (so) begotten Son into the world, so that we might live
through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and
sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we
also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one
another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us" (1 John
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