God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
Genesis 1:26 (AMP)
The Hebrew word “ELOHIYM” that was translated “God” in this verse is always plural. This is reflected in the way this verse was translated into the English as “let us.”
Notice that when the Lord created the trees, grass, herbs, and animals, He said, “Let the earth bring forth” (Genesis 1:11 and 24). When He created all the animals in the sea, He said, “Let the waters bring forth” (Genesis 1:20). But when God made man, He said, “Let us” (this verse). Plants and animals came from the ground. Sea creatures and fowl came from the water. But mankind came from God Himself.
Man was created last of all the creation of God. Thus everything was prepared for him in advance. He didn’t have to tread water for a few days until the dry land appeared, and he didn’t have to dodge trees and shrubs as they suddenly appeared. If God had created man earlier, things wouldn’t have been ready for him. But man was created and then moved immediately into the rest of God where everything was complete.
Adam didn’t have to plant trees or vegetables. They were already created and producing fruit. All he had to do was partake of what was already done. Likewise, in the new creation, Jesus has already provided everything, and all we have to do is receive by faith what is already ours. It’s a done deal. We need to enter into the rest of the Lord. Hebrews 4:9 says,
“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.”
In all the rest of creation, God just spoke and told the waters to bring forth all the fish and fowls of the air. He told the earth to bring forth all the animals. But even though He used the dust of the earth to create man’s body, He was directly involved in the creation of man. Man was the crown jewel of His creation, and He took special care and created man in His likeness and image.
Man was like God in many ways. One obvious likeness was that man was totally free to choose his course, as is God. He was made a free moral agent in every sense of the word. The best choice is to follow the will of the Lord, but God will protect man’s freedom of choice, even when that freedom brings suffering.
Mankind was given unconditional authority over this earth. There were no restrictions or things written in fine print. The rule of this earth is man’s to do with as they wish. In this sense, man’s authority is far superior to that of angels. Angels have delegated authority. If they rebel, their God-given authority ends. Satan saw this, and therefore got mankind to submit to him through lies and transfer this authority over the earth to him through their obedience. Romans 6:16 says,
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? “
The creation of angels is not detailed in Scripture, nor is the time of their creation given. We can be sure that the Lord didn’t create Satan. He created Lucifer, a godly angel (Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28), and in a very real sense, man made Satan when they transferred their God-given power and authority over to him (Romans 6:16).
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary