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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


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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--

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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


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Data Tabi Jozwick Journalism/Political Science Student
The Hebrew language will use the plural version of God to indicate the greatness of God, not a triune version of God. If you think of it, the concept of the Trinity did not exist during the time the OT was written and it didn't arrive until centuries AFTER the NT was written. Sometimes, it is best to study from the original languages, not the translation.

August 27 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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