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When we read these statements in English we do not clearly see what was expressed in the Hebrew.
               The word Elohim is a plural word. The singular form is Eloah. Both words are masculine gender.
               Whenever the Bible uses the word Elohim as a reference to God (uppercase) it is a reference to the
               godhead. The godhead is comprised of God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because
               there is more than one member of the godhead, the Hebrew language uses the plural Elohim in
               reference to the godhead, rather than the singular Eloah.

               In Genesis 2:7 the expression “Yahweh Elohim” is also a reference to the godhead. If the writer had
               meant to speak of the Father only, who is called Yahweh, he would have written “Yahweh Eloah,”
               or simply “Yahweh.” What is being communicated is that the godhead of Yahweh, which includes
               the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, acted in concert to create man (Hebrew Adam). This becomes
               apparent in other verses in Genesis.

               Genesis 1:26
               Then God (Elohim) said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness...”

               The words “us” and “our” indicate a plurality. The members of the godhead are speaking to one
               another when they say “Let US make man...” This raises an interesting point for consideration. If
               Adam was directly formed by Yahweh the Father, then we could not say that Yahshua is the
               monogenes, the only direct generation, of the Father. We have to look to other passages of Scripture
               to resolve this conundrum. In his gospel, the apostle John speaks of Yahshua as “the Word.” What
               John states about the Son of God is pertinent to our investigation.

               John 1:1-3
               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 came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into
               being that has come into being.

               The apostle Paul provides further insight in his epistle to the saints in Colossae.

               Colossians 1:13-16
               For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved
               Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And He (the Son) is the image of the
               invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him (the Son) all things were created, both in
               the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions  or rulers or
               authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him.

               Contained in these passages is a very important revelation. From the Father came forth the Son at
               the beginning of the creation. This is what is declared as the apostle states that “He (the Son) is...
               the first-born of all creation.” Yahshua the Son was the ONLY direct generation from the Father.
               All other things were created through the instrumentality of the Son. Both man and the angels were
               created directly by the Son. The Son did not create anything of His own initiative, however, for we
               are told that the Son ever lives to do the will of the Father.
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