To Worship Him Or Not?

Part 1. Only God deserves worship

In these first two verses God clearly states that we should not worship any other god besides Him

  • Exodus 20:2-6 “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.  “Do not worship any other gods besides me.  “Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish.  You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!
  • 2 Kings 17:38-39 “Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods…”

In these next verses God clearly states that we will not share His glory with anyone else

  • Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not share my glory with another or my praise to idols.
  • Isaiah 48:11 “I will not yield my glory to another.”

Many verses instances the New Testament also forbid worshiping men, angels, or any created thing.

  • Acts 10:25-26 – Cornelius fell down to worship Peter. Peter forbade it saying that he himself was just a man. God deserves worship, but men do not.
  • Revelation 22:8-9 and 19:10 – John sought to worship the angel, but the angel forbade it because he was a “fellow servant.” “Worship God.”
  • Romans 1:25 – People who worship and serve created things, rather than the Creator, have left the truth of God.

To worship any created thing – whether man, angel, heavenly body, or some other object in nature (mountain, ocean, etc.) – constitutes idolatry.

  • Revelation 4:9-11 – God deserves this glory because He created all things. Note again the distinction between the creature and the Creator. [Revelation 5:13; Romans 11:36]
  • Isaiah 42:8; 48:11 – This glory is unique to God in that He refuses to share it with anyone else. Idols and created things have no right to receive this glory.

It follows that it would be blasphemy for anyone but God to receive this unique kind of glory. If anyone does receive this glory with God’s approval, then that one must possess Deity.

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Part 2. Jesus receives the unique worship, glory and honor of God

A. Jesus is worshipped

  • Matthew 2:11 As soon as the Magi laid eyes on the infant Christ, “they bowed down and worshiped Him
  • John 9:38 After Jesus had healed the blind man, He revealed Himself to be the Son of God. The man said he believed in Jesus, and he worshipped Jesus.
  • Matthew 14:33 “those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God’”
  • Revelation 5:12-14Both the Father and the Lamb (Jesus) were worshipped and praised by the created things, who attributed to them “blessing and honor and glory and power.” Note that the same glory and honor belongs to both Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Matthew 28:9 When they realized it was Jesus, they “came to Him, clasped his feet and worshiped him

B. Jesus receives Glory and Honor

  • John 5:23 – All men should honor the Son (Jesus) “just as” they honor the Father. To fail to give this honor to the Son is to fail to properly honor the Father.
  • John 17:5 – Jesus prayed to the Father to “glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was”

The clear implication is that Jesus and the Father both possessed the same glory before the world began. However, we have already learned that no one but God can receive the glory God has (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11). However, Jesus did receive that glory with the approval of the Father. Therefore, Jesus possesses Deity.

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Part 3. Conclusion

If Jesus is not Deity, then who is He? Who is this man who received glory, honor and worship equal to the Father in heaven? To understand God we must realize that God is not part of the created things. God is the Creator, separate and far above the creatures.

If we accept that Jesus is in fact God then we realize that He always has been God and always will be God, since God’s unique nature cannot change (Hebrews 13:8). God cannot cease to be God nor can God lose the characteristics of God. He can take on non-Divine characteristics as Jesus added the characteristics of a man when He came to earth, and He can limit the use of His powers in order to accomplish His Divine purposes as Jesus did on earth. But He cannot cease to be God and He cannot lose the power and characteristics of God.

Jesus possesses Deity.

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3 comments

  1. Though I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog, I fear you’re no longer posting to it. Thank you for your wonderful insights, such as the above article. May God always bless you and be with you. Jesus is Lord.

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