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.
We finished our last post in this series with a mention about God being three persons. This is an important truth that we must be settled in if our goal is to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
In Genesis 1:26 we read that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
Notice the use of “us” and “our”. There are people who teach that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one person. If this were true why would God use “us” and “our”?
The word translated God in Genesis 1:26 is “elohim”. This is a uni plural noun. An example of this would be the United States which is a plural and singular term. As a plural term it is one nation consisting of millions of people.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14
In Genesis 1 the word God is plural but in 2 Corinthians 13 it is singular.
- God said, “Let us make man…”
- …and the love of God
In Genesis we see a reference to the Godhead which consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Paul used the word “God” in 2 Corinthians 13 as a reference to God the Father.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Jesus prayed to the Father. If He and God were the same person as some teach that would mean He was praying to Himself. I don’t believe that is the case. Jesus and the Father are two separate individuals and this is clearly shown in the Gospel account recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John’s books.
So we see that there is one God that consists of three separate individuals.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Here we have another example. Jesus is praying and He says, “As thou, Father, art in me, and I thee.” If He were the Father would this statement make sense?
And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
Jesus told His disciples that He “always” did those things that “please” the Father. This should be our goal. The Holy Spirit has taken up residence in our spirits and will guide us step by step as we work towards this goal.
So what makes up a person? They will have a mind, will, and emotions. The Holy Spirit has each one of these.
Many Christians lack a revelation of who the Holy Spirit is. They view Him as nothing more than a force manifesting during a church service. He is so much more!
Every Christian can have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. He is a divine person that we must reverence as God. At the same time He is dwelling in our spirits and desires to spend time with us. This begins with us setting aside time every day to spend with Him.
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