10 January, 2019

20. Who is We?


20. Who is We?



"Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness." 
—Genesis 1:26

Many believe the "we" in Gen 1:26 is the royal "we" or majestic plural, which is when a plural (we, us, our) is used to refer to a single person who is a monarch. (This is similar to the editorial "we," such as when a small business run by one person says, "You can reach us at..." or "Our hours of operation are....")

However, the majestic plural is not the original (i.e. Jewish) understanding. The Jewish understanding was that God was referring to His wisdom.

"The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be." —Proverbs 8:22-23 (It is generally agreed that Proverbs was written by Solomon, son of King David, nearly 1000 years before Jesus was born.)


Philo of Alexandria (who predated the Apostle John’s use of Logos and begotten by over 50 years) identifies the Logos with wisdom in Proverbs 8:22 (De Ebrietate, 31), and calls the Logos “the eldest son,” and “the first-begotten of God.” See Philo’s On the Confusion of Tongues, 63 and 146 respectively.

Some 50 years later, the Apostle John identifies Jesus as this logos and God's begotten, and confirms his role in Creation.



Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." —John 1:3

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, written even before John's gospel (but also post-Philo), also confirms Jesus' role in Creation.

"For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." —Colossians 1:16

Nevertheless, wisdom/the logos/the pre-incarnate Christ is not the Creator; throughout scripture, that magnanimous role is always attributed to God the Father.

Swordcraft Tip: Highlight Proverbs 8:22-23, John 1:3, and Colossians 1:16 in your dedicated spiritual warfare color.

Photo Credit: Image of Philo under Public Domain / Book of Wisdom by Máté Molnár, licensed under Creative Commons

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