The "Us" of God
The "Us" of God
And the Lord said, “Let us created man in our image, after our likeness”. Does this scripture support the notion that there are three separate, but co-eternal and co-powerful persons in heaven? This text is taken from the book of Genesis, which was written by Moses, a Hebrew, who received the greatest of all commandments, “Hear O’ Israel the Lord God is one Lord” (Deut 6:4). It is this commandment that distinctly separated Judaism and later Christianity that developed from Judaism from other religions around the world. Therefore, it is this commandment that sets the precedent for all doctrines that would later proceed in the Apostolic era.
The New Testament writers, particularly the Apostle John and Paul, were task with building a doxology that would reveal to their Jewish brothers and sisters that Jesus Christ is divine and not another god. Both Apostles clearly demonstrate throughout their written works that Jesus Christ was, is, and will ever be the one true God. He [Jesus] is the Jehovah of the Old Testament, who took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man, was born of the Virgin Mary. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1,14).
Several times the Apostle Paul confirms the manifestation of God in the flesh, specifically in 1st Timothy 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”. Jesus on His Father's side was divine, on His mother's side, human; Thus, He was known as the Son of God and also the son of man, or the God-man.
The “us” found in Genesis 1:26 is the plural pronoun for God, who is numerically one according to the above mentioned Scriptures. In the Hebrew “us” is translated as el-o-heem meaning “gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative”. At first glance these definitions from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance seem a bit confusing, but let us reconcile this. First, gods in the ordinary sense refers to those who have been delegated by God to judge over His people. We find this same text in Exodus 22:28 when those in authority of the children of Israel are called gods. They were men appointed to be magistrates/judges over the people.
Secondly, el-o-heem, is the plural form of the word eòl, which is the root word for Eloheem. El means “strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty”. Eloheem or the “Us” was not used by Moses to pluralize the identity of God, but it was used to emphasize the majesty, power, glory, and mightiness of God. To further explain this let us use our own language as an example: “The waters are raging through the streets of New Orleans”. The word water is pluralized to waters to emphasis the impact of the power of the water even though it is a single body of water. Thus, it is the same grammatical principle with God. The El is pluralized to Eloheem to emphasis the power of God.