Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 04 – The Trinity in Genesis 1. 
Genesis 1:26

In this lesson, we will discover an important truth about God.  On day 6, God finished preparing the earth for man.  He now is ready to create man. 

Genesis 1:26 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:”

Notice that God says, “Let us make man in our image after our likeness.”  Do you see anything strange about what God said? 

He did not say, “Let me make man in my image after my likeness.”, but He used the words “Let us” and “in our image” and “after our likeness”.

The word “us” and “our” is plural, meaning more than one.  Who is God speaking about?

He is not talking to man because man was not created yet.  Some have said that God is talking to the angels.  But we know he was not talking to the angels because in the next verse we read:

Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in his own image”   

Was man created in God’s image or in the angel’s image?  According to this verse, it was in God’s image.  Man was made in the image of God.  So, God was not talking to the angels.

So, if He was not talking to the angels and was not talking to man, just who was He talking to?

God was speaking to Himself in the plural.  Does this mean there is more than one God?  No, the Bible teaches very clearly that there is only one God.  So, what does this teach us about God? 

The answer is found in the Hebrew word for God. The Old Testament portion of the Bible was written in the Hebrew language.  The Hebrew word for God is Elohim. 

The “im” on the end of the word makes it plural.  So, from the very beginning God was revealing Himself to be a plurality of persons. 

If you compare verses one and two in this chapter with other verses in the Bible, you will find that there is only one God, but He is in three persons.  For example,

Genesis 1:1 – “God created the heaven and the earth”.  That is God the Father.

Genesis 1:2 – “…and the spirit of God…”.  That is God the Holy Spirit.

There are several places in the New Testament that teach that Jesus Christ was the one who created all things.  For example, speaking of Jesus Christ

John 1:3 – “All things were made by him [Jesus Christ]; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Acts 4:24 – “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord [Jesus Christ], thou art God, which has made the heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:”

Colossians 1:16 – “For by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth”

These verses not only say Jesus Christ was the Creator but also that He is God.  So, Jesus Christ is God the Son.  He was born into this world for a very specific reason that we will study later.

So, when we read the words “and God said” in Genesis 1 in the creation, it was Jesus Christ speaking those words. 

So, in Genesis 1, we have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are active in the creation.

This does not mean that there are 3 gods. There is only one God, but 3 persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  This is called the Trinity. 

Some people have tried to explain the Trinity using water as an example.  Water can exist as a liquid, as a solid (ice), and also as a vapor.  It does not matter which phase it is in; it is still water.

Another example is that I am a husband, I am a son, and I am a father, but I am still one person.

It is not a problem if you have a hard time understanding the Trinity.  We do not need to understand everything about God to be able to believe Him.

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Questions Lesson 4

1. In Genesis 1:26, when God said, “Let us make man in our image”, who was he speaking to? 
a. Man            
b. Angels        
c. Himself      

2. According to Genesis 1:26-27, God created man in his own image. 
a. True            
b. False

3. Is this Hebrew word for God, Elohim, singular or plural?            
a. Singular     
b. Plural

4. The Bible teaches that there is only one God but three persons.  
a. True            
b. False

5. What are the three persons of God called?  ______________

6. Who are the three persons of the Trinity?
a.  God the __________
b.  God the __________
c.  God the __________

7. Which person of the trinity is speaking in Genesis 1:26 where we read “and God said”?  God the ________

8. According to this lesson, do you need to understand everything about God before you can believe Him?            
a. Yes             
b. No

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