"And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness."(Gen 1:26)
"And Jehovah God said, Behold, the man has become as one of Us, to know good and evil."(Gen 3:22)
"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they cannot understand one another's speech."(Gen 11:7)
"And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?"(Isa 6:8)
Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, & Isaiah 6:8 are an interesting place to start, when looking into God's Nature, and the belief in the Trinity of God. Before we look into the meaning of the verses, we first need to understand the construction of the verses from the standpoint of the Hebrew language. You will find in the original manuscripts that the words 'Us' and 'Our' do not appear. However, the word 'God' is translated from the Hebrew word, 'elohym. This word is a plural intensive word, so the translations of the verses, as recorded above, are valid translations and show what the verses mean to the Hebrew readers of the verses.
The verses Gen 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, & Isa 6:8 all raise the following question,
"Who is God talking to?"
The answer to the question is contained in Holy Scripture.
Obviously, God is talking to someone, and is addressing them as an equal. It should also be kept in mind, that in the case of Gen 1:26, no being, except for the angels, has been created. The Bible answers the question, of who is being addressed, in Isaiah 48:16,
- - "Come near to Me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning. From its being, I was there; and now the Lord Jehovah, and His Spirit, has sent Me."
We know, from numerous verses of the Bible, that 'the sent One' is the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.
(NOTE: You can find a listing of some of these verses at Jesus is God)
It should be noted that three separate, and distinct entities, persons, are mentioned in this verse; and that they are addressed as equals.
The speaker, who is the Sent One, Jesus the Son;
The Lord Jehovah;
Obviously, in the instance of this biblical verse, a trinity of equal persons is represented.
We see in Gen 1:26, "Let Us make man". Since Holy Scripture identifies Jesus as being part of the 'Us' it thereby names Him, Creator.This is further proved by John 1:3 and Hebrews 1:10.
(You can find more biblical proof at Jesus, the Creator)
We have established that God was talking to Jesus, the Son, in the above verses. We have also established that the Divinely inspired writers of these verses used the plural word 'elohym' instead of the other Hebrew words for God, which are singular in nature. Scripture clearly shows that there is more than one being, entity, or person in the Godhead. This, along with other Scriptures, is the foundation of the Trinity Doctrine. The concept that Father, Son, & Holy Spirit are merely offices or aspects of God, is clearly in opposition to the above verses. Unless, of course, you want to believe that God talks to himself and sends himself on a mission!!!
Gen 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, & Isa 6:8
page updated 03/23/2011.