Genesis 1-26 And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
God is talking in the plural “let us” and “in our image” so it is claimed that this is the father part of the Godhead talking to the Son and the Holy spirit. Some will claim its the just the Father talking to the Son only but the variant is unimportant. What is important is that it demonstrates the plurality of the Godhead. It can also be stressed that the Hebrew word for God אֱלֹהִ֜ים ’ĕ-lō-hîm strong’s 430 God is in the plural form it has a plural ending îm . However it must also be stated that ĕ-lō-hîm is always in the plural it has no ending in the singular form. There are other Hebrew words that always take the plural form like שָׁמַ֫יִם shamayim (sky or heaven) and מָ֫יִם mayim (water)
If we look at Genesis 1-1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
We see that God created. In English created has the same form in both the singular and plural (he created , they created) distinguishable by the pronouns he and they, but in Hebrew that is not the case. The Form of the verb created is in the singular
בָּרָ֣א bā-rā This would indicate both the noun and the verb are singular.
If we were to actually say that the word ’ĕ-lō-hîm was meaning a plurality then what it would actually say is that the Gods created , God would be plural not that that God is a singular God but in 3 persons. This would make no sense at all to a Hebrew person, they would consider it preposterous and a blasphemy the Hebrew people had no concept of their God being anything other than one single God.
If we continue on to verse 27 we will see that when the actual creating is done there is a switch to the singular form and God creates man in HIS image, created HE him and created HE them.
Genesis 1-27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God creates in the singular form.
So it begs the question who was God talking to when he said let us make man in our image.
There is no hiding, God spoke in the plural, if God is not 3 parts/natures/persons who was God speaking to? One idea put forward is that he was talking to the not yet fallen Satan. Satan being the covering cherub at that time perfect in all his ways
Ezekiel 28- 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
God while not requiring permission or help from Satan sought his council.
While this may appeal to some as a theory it totally falls apart later when God again talks in the plural
Genesis 11- 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
This being after Satan had fallen and therefore the idea that God would be seeking his council on both occasions becomes rather weak.
There is a proposal that God was talking to the Angels in general which could have included Satan in genesis 1-26 and excluded him in genesis 11-7.
While there is not really any scripture to disprove this theory and so it must remain a possibility I believe the Bible gives us a better answer.
Interestingly after God stated let us go down in verse 7 again we see that the LORD is the one who goes down and scatters them and confounds the language.
Genesis 11- 8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
In my writing on John 1-1,2,3 and 14 I put forward an argument that the Word is actually Gods literal word and that God chooses to address attributes as if they were “persons”.
I.e wisdom being referred to as a her in Proverbs
Proverbs 1-20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:21She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
And again in
Proverbs 8-1Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
God often speaks metaphorically and personifies things in order to convey a message
Job 38 -35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Psalm 65-13 13The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
When God said let us make man in our image he was referring to his word( his spoken word) And his power. This is why there are 3 that bear record in heaven
1 John 5-7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Not God the father, God the son and God the holy spirit.
The Father who is God, the word which we know is God, his word is part of him and the holy spirit which is his spirit that he gives.
They are not distinguishable “persons”
God said let us make man and through his word and his power man was made.
When we understand that the word is literally God’s word and the holy ghost is his power then the verse makes perfect sense.