Tim Cole: God is a complex ‘one’

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Who is the “Us” God is talking about in the Bible? In Genesis 1:26-27,” Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them”.

In Genesis 3:22,” Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever. Therefore, the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken”.

In Genesis 11:6-8,” And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

So, the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city”.

In Isaiah 6:8,” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me”.

In each passage we see “ The Lord” or “God”, speaking of the One True God. In each passage we see “Us”, speaking of a plurality of persons in the One God. One God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In Genesis 1:1,” God created the Heavens and the earth”. The word ”God” is “Elohim”. It is the plural form of a singular word. The Lord our God is one Lord. The word “one” there is not a singular one, but a complex one. As in, Israel is one nation, and the Church is one body. Both made up of many members. There is one God: three persons. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are real persons who have always been and always will be forever, one God. All three persons of the Godhead were involved in creation.

The Father – “Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us”? Malachi 2:10. The Son – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

John 1:1-3. The Holy Spirit – Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

Psalm 104:30. The Father is God for us. The Son, Jesus, is God with us. The Holy Spirit is God in us. The main characteristic of the Father is love. The main characteristic of the Son is grace. The main characteristic of the Holy Spirit is communion.