Who Is God Talking About When He Says “Us”?
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Dear Pastor Andy, in Genesis, why would God monologue to Himself about the humans eating the fruit of life? If He isn’t doing a monologue to Himself, who is God talking about when He says “us”?

 

My Reply:

  1. Notice in Genesis 1, that in the beginning, the Spirit of the Lord was hovering over the waters (that’s the first mention of the Holy Spirit).
  2. Later in the Old Testament, when it mentions “the angel of the Lord”, the person often first recognizes it as an angel, but then calls it “Lord”. That is believed to be “God the Son” (a.k.a., Jesus). Also about Jesus, John 1 tells us that Jesus was the one who created everything that exists.
  3. The word for God in the Hebrew is plural, yet always used with a singular verb.

What all this suggests is that the writer of Genesis was already familiar with the Holy Trinity. So when God was speaking about creating in “our” image, it is believed and understood that He was speaking to His 2 other parts.

You may also hear some saying that God was speaking to the angels. The problem with that, though is that God didn’t create the angels in His image, only Man did He create in His image. It would be like looking at your dog and saying, “let us create something that looks like us.” Also, Paul tells us that we will one day judge the angels…so we can’t be made in the image of both our Judge and the ones that we are to judge.

—Pastor Andy G.

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