CREATOR ELOHIM = HOLY SPIRIT PARTICIPANT IN CREATION?

  • “And God (Elohim) 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” {Genesis 1:26}

Since God says in this verse, “Let Us make” it is claimed that God is the Trinity. The statement “said Elohim” has the formulation of the plural, but as we saw in the chapter “Elohim and Ehad” only as an expression of respect, and certainly does not represent “proof” that “the Triune God” spoke “with Himself.“

  • “And the LORD said unto Moses, see, I have made thee a god (ELOHIM) to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” {Exodus 7:1}

Is Moses one person or three? Only one of course, but he was set as an Elohim before the Pharaoh. In this context, there is again the contradiction with the interpretation that Moses got the name Elohim because he represents Elohim, “the Trinity in the plural”, as a prophet. But the word Elohim always has the meaning of a god in the singular and is also used as the name of dignity for the pagan gods in the singular. There are no three Dagons, just one!

  • “Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon (Elohim) their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.” {Judges 16:23}

Who created everything? Does the phrase “to do” “like Me” refer to three people? It can equally mean two or 4 individuals! Does the holy Spirit, if He was a Being, have the same form, image, and form as the Father and the Son? He does not have a physical form or form by the definition of His nature. For that reason, He could not participate in that conversation “like Me.” God, as the Ruler of the entire universe in His infinite power, is personally present in the entire universe, of course even before the creation of the earth. The presence described in this verse before the creation of life on earth does not mean the participation of the holy Spirit as the third Being in creation, because God the Father called only Jesus and told Him “let us make man in His image.“ In creation, God the Father and Jesus were physically present and created everything on earth. The holy Spirit, on the other hand, was Their personal spiritual presence even when the earth was without form and desolate! Ellen White writes quite clearly that the holy Spirit has no connection with the creation, which would be illogical in the Trinity.

  • “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” {Genesis 1:2}
  • “The Father and the Son engaged in the mighty, wondrous work they had contemplated, of creating the world…. And now God says to His Son, “Let Us make man in our image.”” {Ellen White: Spirit of Prophecy Volume One, p. 24, 25, 1870}
  • God, in counsel with His Son, formed the plan of creating man in their own image.” {Ellen White: RH, February 24, 1874 par. 3}                                                                            
  • “In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation.” {Ellen White: DA, p. 769}

Through these clear words, we can recognize that the teaching of adventist church, that the holy Spirit was the third participant in creation, is completely false teaching, and that it represents just another attempt to defend the Trinity. God certainly does not need physical rest, but it was a symbol of creation through the Sabbath. Why, then, did the holy Spirit not rest symbolically, that it was a participant in creation, and that it was a Divine Being worthy of glory? Other theologists claim that the name and function of the “holy Spirit” is “only” part of the plan of salvation, and that the holy Spirit is “the same” in everything as the Father and the Son because we read in the Bible that the Father The Spirit and that the Son is the Spirit. 

But at the same time, we read that they have a body, which we have never read about the holy Spirit. Then why didn’t the holy Spirit, as “the same”, participate in the conversation about creation, created man in “his own image”? Therefore, within the deepening of apostasy, while rejecting the clear truth, comes the next step with the claim that the image of God that he gave to people is only a symbol so that we can “imagine” it for ourselves, without having anything to do with the reality! Revelation says something different, and describes the Divine Being of the Father in bodily form on the throne! God’s revelation makes it clear that this great Creator is God the Father:

  • “The great Creator assembled the heavenly host, that He might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon His Son.” {Ellen White: 1SP, p. 17, 18 1870}
  • “The Son of God had wrought the Father’s will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as to God, their homage and allegiance were due.” {Ellen White: PP, p. 36.2, 1890}

Jesus was the Son of God even before the creation of the angels, and not only on earth as the doctrine of the Trinity claims!

  • “The Father and the Son engaged in the mighty, wondrous work they had contemplated, of creating the world.” {Ellen White: 1SP, p. 24.1, 1870}
  • God, in counsel with His Son, formed the plan of creating man in their own image.” {Ellen White: RH, February 24, 1874 par. 3} 
  • “After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in Their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God says to His Son, “Let us make man in our image.” {Ellen White: 1SP, p. 24.2, 1870}
  • Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father – one in nature, in character, in purpose – the only Being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.“ {Ellen White: PP, p. 34.1}
  • Jesus had united with the Father in making the world.” {Ellen White:2T,p.209,1869}
  • Before the fall of Satan, the Father consulted His Son in regard to the formation of man. They purposed to make this world, and create beasts and living things upon it, and to make man in the image of God, to reign as a ruling monarch over every living thing which God should create.” {Ellen White: 3SG, p. 36, 1864}
  • “The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings. ‘By Him were all things created, … whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him, and for Him.“ {Ellen White: Letter 256, August 1, 1906}                                                                                                                               

What does adventist teaching say today? That “three” Beings spoke and created. What does the Spirit of Prophecy say? Only Father and Son! There is not a single quote that the holy Spirit participated in the creation or spoke to the Father and the Son. If Ellen White had not “mentioned” the holy Spirit, it is also meaningless, because it would mean humiliating a Divine Being as Creator. Why did the holy Spirit not participate in the creation, if he were the third Divine being as Father and Son, and not only the third person of Their conscious presence emanating from Them? 

Advocates of the Trinity use Genesis 1:26 from the beginning of the chapter as proof that the world was created from the “Trinity.“ A prophetic vision contains complete truth, regardless of whether the prophet himself understood it, as in the case of John or Daniel. This description of God’s decision to create man does not provide insight into time, i.e. the meaning of whether a man was created before or after Satan’s rebellion against God, already explains their intention to create man, which Lucifer was jealous of. 

Does the God of the Trinity have a Son? God means God, and not if necessary in one place the Trinity and another place as God the Father! Ellen White writes quite clearly that only God (Father Elohim) and not the holy Spirit spoke to the Son and said to Him, “Let us make man in our image.” It is God the Father through Jesus, not the Trinity! He is also listed in the 10 Commandments as the original Creator, the Creator of the law! The Son did it in the Father’s name with the Father’s power!

  • “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” {Exodus 20:11}
  • “But to us there is but ONE God, the Father, OF whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY whom are all things, and we by Him.“ {1. Corinthians 8:6}
  • “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:” {Colossians 1:16}
  • “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:” {1. Timothy 4:4}
  • “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” {1. Timothy 2:5}

We see quite clearly that only the Father and the Son participated in the creation, and only the Father is the one God the original Creator. But what does the following verse mean, which is used as “proof” that the holy Spirit also participated in creation? It should certainly be viewed in harmony with the rest which is clear:

  • “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” {Genesis 1:1.2}

Through these words we can understand that the holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and not “God the Spirit” and that even before creation as God’s presence he was around the earth, because he was around it while it was without form and desolate. Since we know from previously read quotations that the holy Spirit is the omnipresence of the Father and the Son, then it becomes completely clear that They were present here, as in all other parts of the universe, before they came physically and personally to create our world.

Elohim & Ehad:

As a particularly “strong” argument in favor of the doctrine of the Trinity, the name Elohim from the Old Testament is taken, in which he addresses God as the singular in the plural. The word i.e. the name Elohim is grammatically plural, but it has the meaning of the singular, as when in our language we say to the person we want to pay our respects to, or when we address an emperor with Your (in the plural sense) majesty.This is called the plurality of majesty, and every educated Jew will give that answer to the question of why Elohim is the plural, and categorically reject any attempt to prove that He is a Person. But this is not the only example in the Hebrew language. The word heaven – amajim is in Hebrew in the plural. And the words water – majim is in the plural.

  • “The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing Thou couldest reveal this secret.” {Daniel 2:47}

In the Hebrew original, instead of “God above the Gods” it reads Elohim! We have just seen that the Son of that God manifested Himself before Nebuchadnezzar. What did the Babylonian king call the Father? Elohim. What did he call Jesus? Son. God Elohim, Who in creation turned to His Son to create the world, and to Whom according to the 10 Commandments worship belongs, is only Father Elohim and not the Trinity! The plural of the term Elohim represents the plural of authority and not a person!

  • “And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god (ELOHIM) to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” {Exodus 7:1}

Is Moses three persons or one? Of course one, but he was appointed to be Elohim to Pharaoh. In this context, there is a misinterpretation that the plural was used because Moses represents the Elohim Who is the “plural”. The word Elohim means God, and is used in this context for false Gods in the singular:

  • “Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god (original ELOHIM) and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.” {Judges 16:23}

Are there maybe three Dagons? No, the Philistines worshiped their god Dagon as one person!

  • “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” {Deuteronomy 6:4}

In Hebrew, this sentence reads:

ə-ma‘ yiś-rā-’êl; Jehovah ’ĕ-lō-hê-nū Jehovah e-ḥād

ĕ-lō-hê-nū – God

Jehovah – Lord

e-ḥād – one

The word  ́one ́ = e-ḥāḏ is connected with the word  ́Jehovah ́, which is the grammatical singular, and not with the word  ́ĕ-lō-hê-nū = Elohim ́, which is a grammatical plural. The Hebrew word  ́one ́ never and nowhere has the meaning of the unity of a plurality. So i.e. Elohim, the Lord, is a God, and clearly not a Trinity!

  • “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” {Genesis 2:24}

In Hebrew, the end of this sentence reads:

wə-hā-yū lə-ḇā-śār ’e-ḥāḏ

wə-hā-yū – they become

lə-ḇā-śār – body

e-ḥāḏ – one

The word one – ehad, as in the rest of the Bible, is applied only to the singular, in this case to the word (one) body, which is singular, and not to the plural, i.e. to the human beings of Adam and Eve.

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