Genesis 202
Lesson Three
Genesis 1:24-26

 

And then lastly, we come to the sixth and final day of God's creation. On this day, a lot of things happened, and a lot will need to be said. We won't make it to the end of the chapter in this study, but lets jump in and see where we get.

 

Gen 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

 

Gen 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

 

First off, God created the land animals, both small and large. Just as we discussed in the previous lesson, God did the creating. It didn't happen through the process of evolution. God "said" and it happened. Also notice that they brought forth offspring "after their kind". Again, a rabbit gave birth to a rabbit and a cat had a cat. This boundary that God established is still in effect today. Animals can not cross breed outside of it's own kind.

 

Now, God starts His final creation.... Man. And it is with this creation the rest of the Bible, and all that God does, is concerned with.

Gen 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.

Let us first look at this issue of God speaking about Himself in the plural tense....

 

Genesis 1:26 says, "...Let us make man in our image, in our likeness..." And then in Genesis 3:22 we read, “...The man has now become like one of us..." There are other passages in the Old Testament in which God refers to Himself using plural constructions. It is also interesting to note that Elohim, one of the primary titles of God in the Old Testament (occurring over 2,500 times), is in the plural form.

Some people have used these verses to teach that there are more than one God. However, we can rule out polytheism (belief in multiple gods), because that would contradict countless other Scriptures that tell us that God is one and that there is only one God. Three times in Isaiah 45 alone, God states, “I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me” 
(vv. 5, 6, 18).

 

A second possible explanation for God referring to Himself in the plural tense is that God was including the angels in His statement. In saying “us” and “our,” God was speaking of all the heavenly host, Himself included. In one since this could be possible because God is spirit, and the Angles are in spirit form as well. If God is referring to His form, this could be the case. In truth, the word "image" does mean "shade, phantom, resemblance" and this would point towards Him being a spirit. Likewise, "likeness" also speaks of "shape, fashion, similitude", and in context would mean that God is going to create man as a spiritual being just as He and the Angles in Heaven are.

 

Many look to this portion of Scripture to teach the "trinity" doctrine as well. Since the Bible, and the New Testament especially, presents God as a Trinity (Three in One), Genesis 1:26 and 3:22 can only represent a conversation within the Trinity. God the Father is having a “conversation” with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

Although many teach that there are three literal persons within the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that these three make up the one true God, this can not be true. If the three make up one God, then each individually would not be God alone, and if any one is not present, then there is no God. Nor could it be true because if all three are God, and all three are separate, then there are three God's. 


The actual truth of the Trinity is that there is only One God (as the Bible repeatedly state), and that this one God has revealed Himself to us in three main ways, as the Father, (eternal conscience, mind), as the Son (physical), and as the Holy Spirit (Spirit being). In other words, (Mind, body, spirit). Scripture clearly tells us that Jesus is the one who did the creating, and it is also He who comes to us as the Holy Spirit, and that He is eternal. (Read Malachi 3:1, John 1:1-14, and John 14:15-18). So, if God is speaking of this when He says "let Us..." Then He would be saying that He is going to create man in the image and likeness of Himself... IE. the Father, the Son, and the Holy spirit. This no doubt would include, creating us as a physical being as God was when He made Himself known as Jesus, and a Spiritual being as God is as the and Holy Spirit, and conscience and aware as He is as the Father. This last scenario is the direction this writer leans, and would encourage each reader to decide for themselves.

 

We will leave this study here, and look further into the sixth day in the next study.
 

Answer the questions below.  If you miss a question, go back and study that portion of the class and then retake the test.  Once you have received a 100% you may proceed to the next class.  You DO NOT have to submit this test for grading.  Only the final test will be submitted.