verse 26, it doesn’t say "Let there be," it
says…what?…"Let us make
man…" This is brand new, folks. This is brand new. This is a very
important difference. This is a major shift in the language.
the way along, verse 3, verse 6, verse 9, verse 11, verse 14, verse 20, verse
24…let there be…let there be…let there be…let there be…that is an
impersonal form of the Hebrew verb…let there be…let there be, almost as if
God is not…is not intimately involved. Let there be…let there be..
us make." At this point God becomes personal. And listen, because
God is a trinity when He introduces Himself personally, it is in the plural
language. It is in the plural language.
mean, in John chapter 1 it says
that Jesus Christ created, all
things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.
Here it says God created. In John 1 it says Jesus created everything. Even the
Spirit of God is said to have shaped the creation, earlier in Genesis 1. The
whole trinity is engaged in this. And when God comes to the creation of the
human race, He doesn’t employ the impersonal fiat terminology…let there
be…but He uses language that reveals He is speaking within Himself…Let us…Let
us make man in our own image.
You know what He’s
letting us in on? He’s letting us in on a trinitarian
He’s in communion with Himself about
this most important of all creatures. Now I believe that this is a clear
and…actually it’s an unmistakable and inarguable reference to the trinity.
I admit, I think any Bible student
does, that the full clarification of the doctrine of the trinity awaits the New
Testament, it’s in the New Testament where you get the full theology, the full
clarification of the theology of the trinity.
But certainly the trinity is evident
in the Old Testament.
You have the Spirit of God
repeatedly referred to in the Old Testament.
You have the angel of the Lord who
is none other than the preincarnate Son of God.
You have God Himself.
You have an inner-trinitarian
communication here, "Let us make man in our image." You have the psalmist
saying, "And the Lord said to my Lord," the conversation between the
Father, no doubt, and the Son.