Why does God refer to Himself in the plural in Genesis 1:26 and 3:22?


Genesis 1:26

ESV - 26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and o...

July 01 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Andy  3 photo Andy Mangus I am a Christian since October 1979 & devoted truth seeker.
My short answer is that God is triune! He is beyond our limited human ability to truly comprehend while we live in the flesh. Simply put... God IS! HE is God, The Father; God, The Son; and God, The Holy Spirit! Three Persons-In-One! (This Eternal truth is puzzling to man!) Why,.... to me is this: We live in a one dimension life that consists of seeing and knowing the physical world.

We, as Christians, will all see God, The Almighty Father and Jesus Christ when we get to Heaven! Then, we will truly "See GOD"! And, we will dwell IN HIS PRESENCE WORSHIPING HIM FOR ALL THE REMAINDER OF ETERNITY! ***Praise Ye The Lord God Almighty forever and ever! AMEN!***

"Praise God that He provided a Savior! And, His name is JESUS CHRIST!" --Andy--

July 24 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Al Mari Private practice as a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon
Understanding this word "God" is pivotal in the teaching that shaped the known Christian world from apostolic era, through the Nicean Creed, on to the Bible translations including what we have as the "most accurate", the King James Version. 

The Original Hebrew word "Elohim"(0430 Strong concordance) that was translated "God" is in fact "uniplural" that means "multiplicity of powers", plurality of powers, the most supreme of all powers", otherwise Supreme God, the epitome of all. The possessive words "us" and " our" were not in the original Hebrew but translated as such for " grammatical consistency". 
See: http://www.hebrew-streams.org/works/monotheism/context-elohim.html.

This Uni-plural Hebrew word Elohim contextually means "above all gods" (Ps. 95:3, 96:4, 97:9, 135:5; I Chron.16:25)

However it is a common or generic term, not a proper noun or a specific term for a particular being. 

To be specific, this Elohim was further identified as the one and only YHVH (Yahweh) translated as Lord in Genesis 2, i.e., YHVH ELOHIM or Lord God. This is the Creator God referred to also in John 1 as LOGOS, who incarnated to man-Jesus. 

While the body of this Creator Logos/YHVH ELOHIM is spirit-composed, the body of man-Jesus was flesh-composed, i.e., "fully man", yet still that "fully Creator God" in Genesis 1 and John 1. This is why "Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever". 

While the Father created all, it was through Jesus (I Cor. 8:6). The Elohim in Genesis is clearly Jesus (Son of God) and not the Father. 

To confirm these separate and distinct beings, Paul said, 
"There is one God, the Father... and one Lord, Yeshua Messiah" (1 Cor 8:6). "There is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Messiah Yeshua" (1 Tim 2:5). The "God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" or "God of our fathers" is the Father of Yeshua/YHVH/Logos, according to Luke (Acts 3:13; 5:30

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Mini A F
There is also a verse in the New Testament where Jesus declares the Trinity which some churches call a false doctrine. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament give evidence of the Trinity. God is omniscient. The Trinity gives him power over death because while the body in the flesh died, the Trinity Holy Spirit raised it Jesus up again. 

1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jn 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jn 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jn 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

July 19 2017 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
My church, East Delavan Baptist Church, is using its Sunday School (for all ages) curriculum from answersingenesis.com.

Bodie Hodge on that site writes, "This triune God (or Trinity) began to allude to this aspect of His nature right in Genesis 1:26-27. There we read that “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image’... God created man in His image.” Here God is a plural noun, "said" is in the third-person singular verb form, and we see both the plural pronoun "our" and the singular "His" referring to the same thing (God’s image). This is not horribly confused grammar. Rather, we are being taught, in a limited way, that God is a plurality in unity. We can’t say from this verse that He is a trinity, but God progressively reveals more about Himself in later Scriptures to bring us to that conclusion.

In Isaiah 48:12-16 [a passage on the Trinity that I, Jack, memorized when I was in college--Isaiah 48:16 with Bible Memory Association, now Scripture Memory Fellowship]-- we find the speaker in the passage describing himself as the Creator and yet saying that “the Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me.” 

I type it from memory: "Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I, and now the Lord God and His Spirit hath sent Me. "

The way I interpret this verse is: 

"Come ye near unto Me [the Lord Jesus speaking even though this was 700 years before His incarnation], hear ye this: I [Jesus] have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I [Jesus], and now the Lord God [the Father] and His Spirit {the Holy Spirit] hath sent Me [Christ]. "

This is further hinting at the doctrine of the trinity, which becomes very clear in the New Testament. There are many other Old Testament Scriptures that hint at the same idea.

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commands His disciples to baptize His followers in the name (singular) of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

August 08 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
We were made in the image of God. We have a body, Jesus, a soul, the real you, and a spirit, God the Father. 

When sin entered the world through Adam we are all born with a dead Spirit. When we are born again, Ephesians 1:13-14 our Spirit is made alive and we are now dead. Colossians 3:3. Only our soul/Spirit is saved, not the flesh or our old nature that we have until we die. 

Romans six:23 For the wages of sin is death, and we all sin, and we all die, but the GIFT of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

We are made alive to God by receiving His free gift of eternal life through The Spirit of God. Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, First Corinthians 15:1-4, in whom also AFTER ye believed ye were sealed by that Holy Spirit of promise. Our guarantee of eternal life. John six:47. Our Spirit has been made alive again to God.

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Mini Ephraim Ojima
In my opinion, though as someone pointed out that “us” and “our” were not in the original text, but I believe God allowed it in recent translations to express the trinity divinity. 

Rom. 1:20 makes it clear that every invisible thing of God can be easily understood by the physical things we see if we let him give us the understanding. 

Now 1 Jn. 5:7 makes it clear that there are three divinities in heaven agreeing as one. Also in Rom. 1:20, Col. 2:9 the Bible refers to God as a Godhead, bodily meaning what we know as God is a body or union of three divine deities.

Take for instance, if ebible is an association, it is one body, but it will have different members. A company will have one board of directors, but many members in that one body or board of directors. The body of Christ is one, but with many members.

So also the Godhead or the group we call God is actually a body with closed membership of three as referred to in 1 Jn. 5:7, comprised of the Father, the Word (Son) and the Holy Ghost. These three form the body called God, and they as so are united in decision and operations, but distinct in personality. That was why when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Ghost came as a dove and the Father spoke from heaven. It was not a deception of a recorded voice playing from heaven and a white dove came to look like the Holy Ghost; it was an actual manifestation of the true existence of the trinity, which is against the impression of God the Father incarnation in three different times and persons. 

The three are unique and different in personality, and it was not a deception when our Lord Jesus said it was expedient that he goes for the Holy Spirit to come. Each member of the Godhead has their distinctive duty as revealed in the Bible, God the Father operated with men in the Old Testament and kept them going even when they had sinned, then handed them over to God the Son who saved them from their sin by dying on the cross. But he could not keep us from sin or guide us here on earth, so he handed us over to the Holy Ghost to keep us and direct us to he very end.

So the three are one in opinion but different in personality, that is why the one unity can come to play. If one thing can appear in three different forms, they are not unified, but rather they are one thing having different expressions. But unity can only be spoken of things that are uniquely different but operating as one.

God bless us all.

May 05 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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