All of the Godhead meaning all three persons is involved in the forming and creation of man.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
One thing unique to the Hebrew language is plural means 3 or more.
- Singular means 1
- Dual means 2
- Plural means 3 or more
So when God said “Let us” He is referring to all three persons being involved in bringing man into being in His own image. After the man is created he gets to watch God plant a garden around a river flowing out of Eden.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Here is a greatly misunderstood verse. God did not design the first man to be a farmer. He was not given a rake, a shovel, and pruning implements. “To dress it” means to adorn it and He is not talking about putting up tinsel and decorations either.
God created man as the “Apple of His Eye.” See Deuteronomy 32:10, Psalm 17:8, and Zechariah 2:8 to confirm. It was not until after the fall that man becomes a farmer needing to earn his living by “the sweat of thy face.”
Today mankind procreates and puts the offspring into a playpen, provides all of the needs, and watches the child grow up. The child grows up looking like those providing for its needs. This was God’s plan; He created a playpen The Garden of Eden, He made all of mans provisions to be had abundantly without any work, and set the boundaries (rules) for man. It is God’s creation so He gets to make the rules.
“To dress it” before the fall simply means to be there inside the boundaries. When a woman plans for a big night out she adorns herself. She wants to look good for her man.
The ultimate goal of Christianity is to be adorned with the presence of God and enjoy fellowship with Him. When anyone listens to the world, the flesh, or the devil and decides to do his own thing that person becomes less adorned and more fashioned like the enemy.
Are you adorned or fashioned? Are you worshiping the God that made you for Him or being fashioned after the world?