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"Let Us"

"Then 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 birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV) (see also The Creation Of Man)

What Does The Bible Say About "Us"?

Earth There are various opinions regarding who the "us" is in the verses above. One belief is that God was speaking to Himself, as the Creator, just as humans who occupy an official position sometimes speak of themselves, or their office, in the third person e.g. Queen Victoria's haughty "We are not amused," or Richard Nixon's "people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook." The Bible however makes very clear that it was not just God talking to, or about, Himself.

Another relatively common belief is that God was talking to angels, but angels don't have creative power - angels themselves were merely a part, an earlier part, of the same creation:

"Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His host! Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars! Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of The Lord! For He commanded and they were created." (Psalm 148:2-5 KJV)

Another reference about angels does however give us the first clue as to what, or who, God meant by "we":

"He [i.e. Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:15-17 KJV)

The apostle John explains it very clearly:

"In the beginning was the Word [i.e. The Logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV)

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father." (John 1:14 KJV)

Jesus Christ, in His own words, "the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made":

"I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made." (John 17:5 4-5 KJV)

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