How Can God Be 3 In 1
Genesis 1:26 KJV “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…”
Let us make man in our image. Us and our are plural words meaning more than one. So if God is plural, he made man plural like himself. How is man plural you ask? Man has a body, a spirit and a soul and God made us just like himself.
We know our soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. So God the Father is the mind, will and emotions of God. How do we know this? Because the Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit and the body or flesh of God is Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 48:16 KJV “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God , and his Spirit, hath sent me.”
John 1:1-3 KJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 The same was in the beginning with God.
 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
John 1:10 KJV “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:11-14 KJV “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
1 John 5:7-8 KJV “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”
God created Adam like himself ( let us make man in our image ). If God made man in his image and then took from Adam’s rib and made Eve, was Eve made in God’s image ?
After Adam and Eve sinned, they had children, Cain and Abel. Were Cain and Abel created in God’s image? Image is defined in the 1828 Dictionary as “A copy, representation or likeness “. The answer is yes. But after Adam and Eve sinned, their “nature” changed. They were still in the image or likeness of God but God can not sin. Sin is not in God’s nature. God has a divine or holy nature. 2 Peter 1:3-4 KJV “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Because Adam and Eve sinned their nature changed. Adam and Eve were created in God’s image and after God’s likeness. God created them like himself with characteristics like his. With similarities to himself. When they chose to sin, that changed them to no longer have God’s nature but now their nature was children of wrath. See Ephesians.
Ephesians 2:1-7 KJV “And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins;
 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
So Cain and Abel were still made in the image of God but with different characteristics, a different nature. A sin nature. So when God came in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, as man, he came without a sin nature even though he was tempted to sin.
Hebrews 2:14-18 KJV “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour (help) them that are tempted.”
These verses explain who the enemy is, him that had the power of death , the devil. The word devil does not appear in the Old Testament and devils, plural, appears only 4 times in the Old Testament. The four gospels mention devil 41 times and Paul mentions devil eight times and devil is mentioned 12 more times in the New Testament.
The devil is called by other names in the scriptures including Satan, Lucifer before he fell, the thief, the wicked one and other names. We know from scripture, God created everything, including angels and arch angels. Satan, the devil was an arch angel named Lucifer who rebelled against God, Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28:13-18. But what is the purpose of the devil?
Remember, scripture says the devil, the thief, has the power of death and Jesus tells us in John 10:10 KJV “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Well if God exists, and he does, but we can not physically see him with our eyes, where is God? And if Jesus is God in the flesh, and he is, and Jesus rose from the dead, and he did, where is Jesus today? And if God created us in his image, like himself, and he did, then when we die, there must be life or death beyond the death of our motal, physical body. If the devil has the power of death then the devil has the power after our mortal body dies to bring death. Death of what?
So God makes man like himself, in his image. And God is plural, so man is plural. When the body dies, the spirit and soul are released from the body.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
The body is buried in the grave, the spirit goes back to God because the spirit is the breath of life, and the soul goes to heaven or hell. If the devil deceived you and you chose to believe his lies, he has the power of death over you. But if you chose to believe God and received God’s payment for your sin, the blood of Jesus Christ paying for all your sin, and you got saved, the devil has no power of death over you. The devil can attack your body or your mind but like Job, the devil has no authority over those who are “in Christ”.
We will pick this up later. Until next time.