of the Spirit
- Genesis 3:22
- "And the Lord God said behold the man is become as one of us..."
- It is pointed out that the verse reads, "God said", yet the
plural "us" indicates a plurality. It is argued that this refers to the Trinity.
- The trinitarian argument on this passage is only an inferred argument.
The "us" may very well be a reference to the angels of God.
- John Calvin, the Swiss Protestant reformer, had this to say about
Genesis 3:22: "Although some Christians deduce from this passage
the doctrine of three persons in Deity, the argument, in my
apprehension, is not substantial."
- "It is no uncommon thing in any language, either ancient or
modern, for single persons to speak in the plural; but it was never
yet heard of in any age of the world, that more persons than one spoke
in the singular."1
- See also comments on Genesis 1:26
- William Christie, "Christian Discussion on Divine Unity",
page 12. Return