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Tri-unity (1) God, being Himself

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Tri-unity (1) God, being Himself
by David Denninger - Saturday, 23 March 2024, 3:25 AM

The instant before He creates man, God reveals what it is like to be the eternal God. The Genesis creation account lets us “hear” God speaking to Himself: “Let Us make man in Our image” (Gen 1:26).

This was His customary way of presenting His own reflecting on His creation, using singular and plural at the same time:  “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us’” (Gen 3:22).

When God calls Isaiah to be His prophet, He expresses  this same relationship within Himself again: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send. And who will go for Us?’” (Isaiah 6:8)

In fact, God began to present Himself this way even earlier, in the very first words of His revelation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1).

Every Hebrew-speaking person knew that their word for “God” Elohim was a plural form.

But notice what The Lord declares about Himself when He introduces His Law to the nation of Israel: “Hear, O Israel! Yahweh (I AM) is our God (Elohim), Yahweh (I AM) is One!” (Deut 6:4)

So, from the beginning, God wants us to understand that He is One and, at the same time, plural.

                                               (Spotlight 1, Lesson 3 in Doctrine 101: Learning about God)