Sergeant Arturo N. Calvillo wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What or who is the Lord talking to in Genesis 1:26 when he states:

    Let us make man in our image.

I am a lost Catholic trying to find his way back to the Church after the death of my son 5 years ago. I started reading the Bible from the Old Testament to the New.

  • I would say this is a reference to the Trinity but how could this be if the Trinity is something we learn of in the New Testament (or at least I thought I did)?

Very Respectfully,

SGT Arturo Calvillo
Human Resource SGT
3rd Battalion
16th Field Artillery Regiment CSC Scania

  { What is the us the Lord invoking in Genesis 1:26 when he says, Let us make man in our image? }

John replied:

Dear Sergeant,

Before I answer your question, let me say on behalf of our AskACatholic Team:

Thank you, Sir for serving our country and putting your life in danger in order to keep us safe.

With respect to Genesis 1:26, I assume (by your question) that you are talking about God referring to Himself as us being a reference to the Trinity. I think it's safe to say this is an allusion to the Triune nature of God. The Trinity is actually never named, as such, in either the New Testament or the Old Testament. It is however, implicitly stated from the very first verse of Genesis and throughout the entire Bible.

Genesis 1 says in the beginning God (Elohim) created the Heavens and the Earth.  The word Hebrew word Elohim which we translate as God is a plural noun. In the next few verses, we see that the Spirit or Breath of God hovered over the waters and then we read that God spoke every time He created something, saying let there be . . .

John's Gospel, mirroring Genesis 1, begins by saying:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

(John 1:1-4 RSV-CE)

So looking again at Genesis 1, we see the Word being spoken and creating.  This Word, John tells us, is both with God and therefore distinct from God, yet, at the same time, the Word was God.

Genesis 1 mentions the Spirit moving over creation and later, in Genesis 2:7, we read that God breathed His very breath of life into Man. Again, in John, we read In Him (the Word) was Life.

So the allusions to the Trinity are many, but word Trinity is not found in the Bible. The formal definition of the Trinity occurred at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. This was the first General Council of the entire Church.

The teaching that God was Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, had been handed down from the Apostles and was rooted in Sacred Scripture. Exactly how it should be comprehended in the human mind had not been defined. In the early 4th century, a heretic by the name of Arius, began to teach that the Son was not equal to the Father and that Jesus, although a god, was not God Himself but a created being. In response, the Church gathered in Council to formally address the question and Trinity was defined.

Take care, be safe, and tell your fellow soldiers that you and they are in our prayers.


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