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Friday, June 6, 2014

Is Gen. 1:26 Really "Proof" of the Trinity? ("Let US make man in OUR image.")

"Let us make man in our image." (Gen. 1:26) NWT

Some trintiarians may point to this Scripture as 'proof' of a trinity. Yet, the bible throughout overwhelmingly identifies God by the singular person pronouns "I," and "Me," and "He," and "Him". Trinitarians themselves commonly do not refer to their own Triune God as "They," and "Them". This would not be consistent if God really were a trinity.

When God said "Let us make man in our image" at Gen. 1:26, Jehovah God was speaking to His Son Jesus, His Master Worker, the first-born of all creation (and, possibly, to the rest of the angels also), who were also made in God's image. (Pr 8:30, 31; also compare John 1:1-3; Col 1:15-17)

Also consider, if the Trinity really is correct and God really is composed of three persons, then why does Man (who was created in God's image) not display any kind of a tri-nature about him whatsoever? Certainly if God possessed such a tri-nature, and such a fundamental tri-nature aspect is conspicuously absent in Man, how then could it be said that Man was made in God's image?

We know, however, that the man created by God to be in God's image and likeness (Adam), the son of God (Luke 3:38), was a single person. He could have easily been created with three personalities. But God expressly made him in His image with one mind, one personality: one person.

How Christ Being in God's Image Shows That He is NOT God

2 Cor. 4:4 - "Christ, who is the image [eikon] of God".

Notice, this is no longer the fleshly Jesus on earth. This is the resurrected, glorious, heavenly Christ. But he still is not God. He is the image of God. He is seated (or standing) beside God (Acts 2:33-36; Ro. 8:34; Heb. 10:12, 13; 1 Pet. 3:22). He is not God. The Father alone, beside whom Jesus is seated, is Jehovah God (Eph. 1:17, 20; Rev. 3:21; Ps. 110:1). In fact, God (the Father alone) is the God of Jesus (Eph. 1:3, 17; Rev. 3:12; Micah 5:4, ASV).

Note that an image is "a physical likeness or representation of a person"...NOT the person himself.

So the fact that Man AND Christ (Col. 1:15; 2 Cor. 4:4) are in God's image tells us (1) that, BY THE VERY DEFINITION, Christ nor Man cannot possibly be that God, and (2) that God is a single person also (to correspond with a man being in His image).

Yes, Jesus is the image of God. And how should we consider the worship of an image of God as being God? (Ex. 20:4, 5; Lev. 26:1)

For more, see:

Gen. 1:26 "Let Us Make Man in Our Image" (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

"Logically, it was to this firstborn Son that Jehovah said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.”' (Insight-2 pp. 52-72; Watchtower Online Library)

The Word (Insight-2 pp. 1200-1203; Watchtower Online Library)
"This Word, or Lo′gos, was God’s only direct creation, the only-begotten son of God, and evidently the close associate of God to whom God was speaking when he said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” (Ge 1:26) Hence John continued, saying: “This one was in the beginning with God. All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.”—Joh 1:2, 3."

 Defend Jehovah's Witnesses