GENESIS 1: 26 – THE WORDS “US” AND “OUR”
Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: In Genesis 1: 26 we read: “God said, Let us make man in our image.” Who are referred to here by the words us and our?
Answer: The words “God said” prove that the Father is the Speaker. He obviously spoke to His “only begotten Son,” the Logos, the Lord Jesus in His pre-human condition (John 3: 16), who acted as God’s Agent in the creation of all things (John 1: 3; 1 Corinthians 8: 6; Colossians 1: 16, 17). Whether the angels who cooperated in the creative works under the Logos (Job 38: 4-7) are also included in this term “us” cannot be positively determined from this or from other Scriptures.
The relation between the Father and the Son in creation is as follows: The Father was the Architect of the creative plans and the Supplier of the materials for creation, while the Son was the Contractor who took the plans and material and with the assistance of the angelic hosts worked them up into the finished product under the direction of the great Architect of the universe.