Would you agree?
I certainly agree. We are to worship or Creator/Redeemer God who is One LORD.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:13 It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.
Matthew 4:10…“‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’”
Does this mean that Christians are not supposed to worship Jesus, who is Christ?
The answer is “No.” It doesn’t mean that at all. When we worship our One God we are worshiping Yahweh, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). There is an excellent description of how we know the Trinity is true found at Hebrew Names for God and written by a Hebrew. The author has a PhD in Semitic languages and is able to explain how we know from the language of the original manuscript of the Bible that the Father, the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit are One.
There are those who claim Christians are wrong to worship Christ, yet it is Yahweh who will one day require those who now refuse to worship Jesus Christ, to do so:
Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
While there are many scriptures which refer to Christ as God, one that is pretty clear on the issue is:
- 1 Tim.3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
We know that God hates sin and He would not fail to warn us of a sin as serious as idolatry or blasphemy. He taught us to worship Christ by giving us the following scriptures:
John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
As soon as the Magi laid eyes on the infant Christ, “they bowed down and worshiped Him” (Matthew 2:11)
Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Matthew 14:33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 10: 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- God’s covenant with His people, the new covenant, is through Christ and we can only be in a right relationship with Yahweh, God, if we are ‘in Christ.’ This is seen throughout scripture, but most clearly shown in the New Testament, the Gospels, and The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
The divine nature of Christ is amply illustrated in Revelation. For instance the Lord exclaims: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (22:13). This significantly replicates the descriptive of the “Lord God,” the “Almighty” in chapter one (v. 8; cf. 21:6; also Isaiah 44:6; 48:12). Without question this is an affirmation of deity as expressed in eternal terms.
These are only a few of the ways we can know. There are many scriptures that tell us that Jesus came as God in the flesh. John 1:1 tells us that “the Word was with God and the Word WAS God.” Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “..the Word is living and active…discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Who, other than God is able to do this?
Jesus was rightly called Immanuel, God with us.