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Acts 17: 10-11   10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.


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Question:  In your first book, My Son: Behold the Lamb of God, there is a scene where Jesus explains to Mary that he is God. He uses a term, Elohim. This is new to me. I always believed he is the Son of God. How can he be God and the Son of God, too?

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Answer:  Thanks for the question. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1  This is a simple statement of ten words, true to the brevity of the Bible. Look closer and then think about that enormous task. Mankind cannot figure it all out, let alone do it. Who is this God? Who can by the power of His voice command and it is done?

The word “God” in Genesis 1:1 is the Hebrew word Elohim. It is a plural word indicating a unified, plural being. The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, but it is this word that certainly manifests the idea. Elohim describes One Being unified, yet plural in personality. He is the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yes, it is Elohim who called the world into existence by His Word.

Certainly the omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience of God is seen in the Hebrew word Elohim. All the creative power of the One Godhead is manifested in Genesis chapter one and capped with His statement, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness...”  Genesis 1:26

 I remember quite well many years ago as I sat at the feet of that great Biblical scholar, Hugo McCord, listening to him explain Elohim. One statement jumped out at me. He said, “God in this verse could be correctly translated ‘Gods’. In the beginning Gods created...” Now he went on to explain that if it had been translated that way it would be quite confusing to the reader since we think of God as a singular word.

The word is used many times in the Old Testament and almost always it refers to God of heaven and earth. There are exceptions though. In fact, the word elohim is translated gods in Genesis 31: 30. “...why did you steal my gods (elohim)? Laban asked this question of Jacob after his household idols were stolen. The same word Elohim translated God in Genesis 1:1 is correctly translated as gods in Genesis 31: 30, referring to idols.

Moses wrote, “And God (Elohim) spoke all these words saying: I Am the LORD your God (Elohim) ...you shall have no other gods (elohim) before me.”  Exodus 20:1-3 

God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are always God. Nevertheless we speak of them as Deity, the Godhead, or sometimes the Trinity. So it is as Elohim, the Trinity that God manifests His creative power and genius.

 

Jesus is described as the Word of God by the apostle John.  'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made...And the Word became 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.' John 1:1-3, 14   Jesus, the Word of God, left the glories of Heaven and became flesh. He became the Son of God on earth. Read Hebrews 1 and see Christ spoken of as God incarnate. In verses 8 and 9 the Hebrew writer quotes Psalm 45:6,7 and applies it to the Son. The Psalmist hundreds of years before Christ wrote: “Your throne O God (Elohim), is forever and ever…therefore God (Elohim), your God (Elohim), has anointed you….’

 

The Hebrew writer says God’s Son on earth fulfilled this prophecy concerning the Messiah. God anoints part of himself, the eternal Word, to be Messiah, the Son. The Eternal Word became the Son on earth. He was always God the Word, but became the Son so the world could be saved through his sacrifice on Calvary.