"Let Us Make Man …"

Ken Samples

READ : Genesis 1:26-28

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” (v. 26, NIV)

Does the Old Testament point to the triune nature of God? Truth about God’s nature was progressively revealed in Scripture. Therefore, while the Old Testament is clearly limited in direct testimony to the Trinity, the Hebrew Scriptures nevertheless allow for the idea of a plurality of personhood within God’s single nature. This allowance of plurality is evidenced in the fact that the Hebrew noun for God (‘elohim) is generally found in the plural, and the fact that in a handful of Old Testament passages plural pronouns and verbs are used when speaking about God.

Genesis 1 records that just as God was about to create humans he said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” The very next verse defines “our image” as being “God’s image.” Similarly, after Adam and Eve’s fall into sin in Genesis 3, God said: “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:22). On two other occasions God is spoken of in the plural (Genesis 11:7, Isaiah 6:8). While these passages that suggest a divine plurality certainly don’t prove the Trinity, they are consistent with the New Testament apostles’ testimony that the God of Israel is Father, Son, and Spirit.


God, you are majestic and mysterious. We worship you today!