There are those who claim to believe in the same God that we do, but question or even deny the existence of His Son Christ Jesus, or His Holy Spirit. To Jews and Muslims we can point out the first three verses of Scripture to establish that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit exist and each was present at creation!
I. “GOD CREATED”
A. Genesis 1:1
The Hebrew word here rendered “God” is Elohim, a plural noun. The earliest verse of Scripture immediately presents the true God as being more than one individual.
B. Genesis 1:26-27; 3:22; 11:5-7
In the creation account, and twice more in Genesis, God speaks of “Us” and “Our”. God exists as more than a single entity.
C. 2nd Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19
Deity is composed of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
D. Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 2:24
When God claims oneness, it is essential that readers understand Him to mean unity, not singularity. When a man and woman marry, they, too, become “one” in that they are joined, not that they are indistinguishable from one another.
II. “THE SPIRIT OF GOD WAS HOVERING”
A. Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13
God’s Spirit was present at creation. In fact, it was “by His Spirit” that He performed His creative acts.
B. Acts 5:3-4; Psalm 139:7; Hebrews 9:14
The Holy Spirit is God. He possesses the attributes of the divine, namely omnipresence and eternality.
C. Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 10:29
The Holy Spirit is an emotional being who can be resisted, grieved, and insulted.
D. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7; 13:16
Both Christ and the Father sent the Spirit, and the lesser is sent by the greater, so we may conclude the Holy Spirit is submissive to both Father and Son.
E. Acts 10:38; Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:12
The Holy Spirit came upon Christ and compelled Him to move, indicating it is not strictly a top/down ranking between Father, Son, and Spirit.
F. Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35
Even though Jesus is the only begotten of the Father (1st John 4:9), He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, so there isn’t always a clear delineation between roles.
III. “THEN GOD SAID…”
A. Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24
Most subtle in the narrative of Genesis is the presence of Christ, but He is most definitely there. Every time God spoke something into existence, it was Jesus’ doing.
B. John 1:1-3, 14
The one who “was God” and “was with God”, indicating there is more than one divine character, who “became flesh”, is obviously Jesus. He is called “the Word” who was “in the beginning”, which is the same phrase that opens Genesis. As the Word, Jesus is the means whereby God spoke the universe into being. He is credited in this passage with the creation of literally everything.
C. Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2:10
One book whose focus is the preeminence of Christ and another book whose focus is the superiority of the present Covenant both present Jesus as the “image” of God, not his mirror—a reverse impression, but the “express image of His person”, and these accounts present Him as the one “by”, “through”, and “in” whom all things were created. The Lord is the means whereby the Father brought everything into existence.
D. Acts 17:30-31; 2:32; John 10:17-18
It is often the case that Christ is the father’s instrument for accomplishing something. It will be so in judgment, and it was so in the resurrection.
E. Colossians 1:19; 2:9
Jesus is God’s “fullness”.
F. John 12:44-45, 49; 14:28; 1st Corinthians 3:23; 11:3; 15:27-28
The role of Christ is one submissive to the Father.
By Bryan Matthew Dockens
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