Finally, God says, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." Genesis 1:26.
Who was speaking in this sentence?
If we have ever wondered, we do not need to wonder any more, for our prophet said:
"After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God said to His Son, "Let us make man in our image." Lift Him Up p47. 1 Spirit of Prophecy p25. Chapter, The Creation.
It is the thought of many that the Trinity created this earth -- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost -- but the words of the prophet are clear -- "the Father and Son... wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it." Ibid.
The words, "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters", does not mean a third person of a triune God. Genesis 1:3. It is the Spirit ofGod; the Spirit that surrounds Him with light emanates from the Father's Being.
Thus God's Spirit moved upon the face of the waters. We cannot speak of this in greater detail, as the text does not say. All we know is that God's Spirit moved over the waters and darkness was on the face of the deep.
God's Son is the active agent in the creation of this world, and all the universe. He "... is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Colossians 1:15-17.
"The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings. 'By Him were all things created... whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him'." Colossians 1:16. Lift Him Up.
What did the Father and His Son do after they had finished their work of creation?
"In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after their work of creation. When 'the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them', the Creator and all heavenly beings rejoiced in contemplation of the glorious scene." My Life Today p364. Maranatha p371.
On the Sabbath, the Father and the Son were able to rejoice in their work of creation.
"The Father and the Son engaged in the mighty, wondrous work they had contemplated, of creating the world. The earth came forth from the hand of the Creator exceedingly beautiful. There were mountains and hills and plains; and interspersed among them were rivers and other bodies of water.
The earth was not one extensive plain. Its surface was diversified with hills and mountains. These, however, were not high and ragged as they now are, but regular and beautiful in shape. The bare, high rocks were never seen upon them, but lay beneath the surface, answering as bones to the earth. The waters were regularly dispersed.
What did Adam and Eve do after they had been created?
"The holy pair united with them and raised their voices in harmonious songs of love, praise, and adoration to the Father and His dear Son for the tokens of love which surrounded them. They recognized the order and harmony of creation, which spoke of wisdom and knowledge that were infinite. Some new beauty and additional glory of their Eden home they were continually discovering, which filled their hearts with deeper love and brought from their lips expressions of gratitude and reverence to their Creator."Story of Redemption p22.
We too can rejoice and offer our worship to the Father and His dear Son for the tokens of love that surround us.
"The hills, mountains, and very beautiful plains, were adorned with plants and flowers, and tall, majestic trees of every description, which were many times larger, and much more beautiful, than trees now are. The air was pure and healthful, and the earth seemed like a noble palace. Angels beheld and rejoiced at the wonderful and beautiful works of God." Signs of the Times. January 9. 1879.
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." Hebrews 1:1.2.
Let us look at an amazing text in Proverbs.
“Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?” Proverbs 30:4.
Here the writer sees the great Creator "who hath established all the ends of the earth", and he asks, 'What is His name?' and 'What is His Son's name?'
Do we know His name?
Yes, His name is Michael, the Prince of heaven.
“For by him (Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or power; all things were created by him, and for him.” Colossians 1:16.
“The Son of God had wrought the Father’s will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as to God their homage and allegiance were due.” Patriarchs and Prophets p35.36.
Let us think of the work of creation, where the Father and the Son worked together. What a wonderful time they must have had designing everything they would create. Of course we have no idea how this was done or how long it took, but when the Son spoke the words, the creation of whatever was in the mind of both the Father and the Son at the time, came into being.
How amazing to read the words, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so." Genesis 1:11.
As Adventists we have always understood that Jesus is the Creator, whereas some other churches believe the Father is the Creator and the Son is the Redeemer. Our understanding is based on a number of texts, however, the one above shows that the Father is the Creator by His Son.
“The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings.” Patriarchs and Prophets p34.
As Christ is the Word, we can quite confidently believe that it was His voice that spoke the worlds into existence at the bidding of His Father.
"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth... For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast." Psalm 33:6.9.
Our prophet said: "The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of beneficence. He had an associate--a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes, and could share His joy in giving happiness to created beings." Patriarchs and Prophets p34.
Who was God's associate, His co-worker?
We already know from Hebrews. It was His Son.
The next words of the prophet are quoting John 1:1, then she says, "Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father -- one in nature, in character, in purpose -- the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." Ibid p34.
And together with His Father, He brought unnumbered worlds into being. How mighty is our God and His Son!