by Dave Griffiths
Some people insist that the Word is not God. They agree he is a god, which puts us in a dilemma.
The bible clearly tells us that the Word is Jesus. The bible also tells us that in the beginning the Word was with God and the Word was God. (not a god), and, if the Word was with God then the Word cannot be God, hence there is more to this than meets the eye.
The solution is to search and re-search the Scriptures. The Old Testament confirms the existence of a single triune God. One God, three entities.
The prayer of the Shema has always been a fundamental declaration of faith. It is a verse that calls the people of Israel to serve and worship one God ; “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
The Hebrew words Adonai (Lord) and Eloheinu (Our God) use plural forms of the word God. Why does the Lord present Himself as plural? And why, after repeating the word God three times, does Deut. 6:4 end with the word one?
The Hebrew word one is Ehad. An example is found in Gen. 2:24. “A man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife and they become one (Ehad) The man and women are two people whose joining together creates one flesh.
Further plural words for God are found in Gen. 1:26. “Let us make man in our image according to our likeness… He was not speaking to human beings because they were not yet created. Neither did He consult the angels because angels were not active partners in creation. The Old Testament states clearly that God alone created the world. ( Neh. 9:6 ). The New Testament confirms that God alone is the creator. (Col. 1:16-17).
Therefore, in Ge. 1:26 the Lord was speaking to an entity or entities equal to Himself in image and in power to create. The word Creator appears in Hebrew in the plural form, indicating a plurality of creators. Since the Creator is God, there must be a plurality of entities in the one true God.
Plural forms of words referring to God also appear in Isa. 54:5. The word Maker is plural. In conclusion the word Ehad describes a wholeness that consists of several entities, and we must worship this wholeness. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Ehad, one God.