Most people do not treat the Bible as they would another book. Normally we read a book from the first page to understand the beginning and foundation of the subject or the story. Why not read the Bible from the beginning, at Genesis 1.
The inspired first chapter of the Bible reveals a startling fact: there are three ‘Gods.’ Now, we want to squash any possible misunderstanding right at the beginning. Scripture reveals the existence of a Triune God, Godhead or Trinity. Look at the following:
- The word ‘God’ in the first phrase, ‘In the beginning God….,’ is a plurality. It is Elohim, the plural of the singular noun, Eloah, It is like the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4 ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One.’ The Hebrew word, ‘One’ (Echad), is not singular but a plural unity.
- Genesis 1:2 says ‘the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.’
- In Genesis 1:26 “…God said, ‘Let us make….’” Who is the ‘us?’ It has to be at least God and God the Spirit….but,
- From Genesis 1:3 there is the refrain, ‘And God said….’ So God spoke the heavens and the earth into existence. Psalm 33:6 explains, ‘By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth [the Holy Spirit].’
- But later in the Gospel of John we learn another interesting fact. God spoke the word, and things were created. But, the ‘Word’ is Jesus. We read in John 1:1-3, ‘In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made. Without Him nothing was made that has been made.’
- Revelation 19:13 confirms that,’ ‘He [Jesus] is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God.’
The Triune Godhead we meet in Genesis 1 is not just a fleeting aspect of creation. They are part of the universe, of our lives. How blessed we are to have such a ‘comprehensive’ God who looks to all aspects of our existence as we read in the following places:
- 1 Peter 1:1-2, ‘To God’s elect….who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood.’
- Titus 3:5-6, ‘…He [God] saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He [God] poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour….’
- 2 Corinthians 13:14, ‘May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.’