By David Cook
The first verse in the Bible tells us a lot;
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 NIV
Moses wrote the Torah in Hebrew, the predominate word for God in Genesis chapter one is “Elohim”. We gain this understanding when we read verse one in Hebrew; In the beginning He created, Elohim created the heavens and the earth.
Who is Elohim? He created the heavens and the earth. Elohim is a Hebrew plural noun for God with a masculine suffix. Elohim, He created the heavens and the earth. But with the plural noun for God normally a singular verb is used. Why did Moses use a singular verb with Elohim? The Tanakh explains Elohim as the unified one God. Why did Moses use the word “Elohim”, a plural noun; for the true and living God? Elohim is the one true triune God; the heavenly Father, His Son and the Spirit of God.
In verse 26 of chapter one Moses gives us this insight about Elohim (the one triune God);
Then God said,
“Let us make mankind in our image,
in our likeness…”
Genesis 1:26 NIV
Here Moses reveals that man was made in the image of Elohim (Father God, His Son and the Spirit of God). One Person of the triune Elohim is speaking to two other Persons of the divine Trinity. In verse two we see that the Spirit of God is a Co-Creator with Father God and His beloved Son, “and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Yehovah Elohim is self-existent,
the first cause of all;
He made everything visible and invisible in the heavens and on earth.
Since Elohim (the one true triune God) existed before He made the heavens and earth, He is the first cause of all; He is the Creator of all things. Elohim Yehovah is self-existent. Elohim existed before the earth rotated around the sun, before time began as we know it; He existed from eternity past. This is why the prophet Daniel called Him the “Ancient of Days”.
“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
“And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations,
and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
Daniel 7:13-14 NASB
God the Father gives to His Son the Messiah an everlasting dominion which will not be destroyed. Elohim existed before time, is now and always will be. God is self-existent and eternal, He existed from everlasting to everlasting.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Psalm 90:2 NIV
The Jewish Prophet Isaiah wrote that the Almighty lives forever, He dwells on a high and holy place and with the contrite and lowly of spirit;
For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 57:15 NASB
John a disciple of Yeshua the promised Moshiach wrote;
1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him,
and apart from Him nothing came into being
that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5 The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:1-5 NASB
So who is the “Word” that the apostle John wrote of? The word John used for the “Word” is “Logos”, a Greek masculine noun. The “Word”, is a title for the Son of God, Yeshua the promised Messiah. The “Word” was with God in the beginning, He is the living Word, Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Here John tells us that the “Word” (the Son of God) is a Co-Creator with His Father and the Spirit of God; “All things came into being through Him”.
Later John wrote about the “Word of life”;
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. 1 John 1:1-4 NASB
So who is the “Word of life” that the apostle John wrote of? The “Word of Life” that the apostle John wrote about is the Son of God, Yeshua the promised Moshiach.
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