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Worthy of Worship
Why we honor the Son
compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl, Nov. 2012
Most recent edit, January 2017
Scripture quoted from the NKJV unless otherwise noted
Question: Why do we worship God’s Son?
Answer: Because God our Father has commanded it.
Hebrews 1:6 “But when He [the Father] again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” . . .
God the Father has commanded all the angels of Heaven to worship His Son. Why then, should not human beings also worship Him?
Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Every knee, and every tongue certainly includes me.
Matthew 2:11 Wise men directed of the Holy Spirit “worshiped” the infant Jesus.
Matthew 14:33 “Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’”
This scene took place just after the storm, when Jesus walked on the water. The men who “worshiped Him” were “His disciples” (Matt. 14:22). They were the ones in the boat, caught in the storm. There is no indication that Christ corrected his disciples for this worship.
John 20:28-29 “Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
Jesus did not correct Thomas for addressing Him as “my God”.
Luke 24:51-52 [As Jesus ascended into Heaven, after spending 40 days on earth with His disciples] “Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,”
Revelation 5:13 “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
Two beings are worshiped here. To bow before the throne of God our Father is to bow also before His Son. The two occupy the same throne (Acts 2:33).
Hebrews 13:20 “Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
NO OTHER GODS
If we are to serve (the word “worship” means “to serve”) - both God our Father and His divine Son, we must clarify what it means to “have no other gods” as stated in the first commandment (Exodus 20:3). When asked, “Which is the greatest commandment of all”, Jesus replied, “Hear O Israel. The LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Mark 12:29).
God our Father is ONE divine being. He is the original divine being. His will is supreme. He is The Law Giver. Jesus said, “My Father is greater than all” (John 10:29) and “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). He is “the only true God” (John 17:3). When the war with Evil is finished, “the Son Himself will also be subject to” God His Father. Therefore we worship the Father as God above all.
“Our God and Father” is also “His God and Father” (Rev. 1:6, Rev. 3:12). Why then would I worship God’s Son? Answer: Because God the Father has commanded it.
In serving God’s Son, I am serving His Father. I am obeying His command that I serve His Son. The Father’s will is revealed through His Son. The Father has put “all things under” His Son (1Cor. 15:27-28). That includes me. I am certainly under that authority. Does that mean I worship Jesus as “My Father in Heaven” - the one who is “above all”? No. I worship Him - I serve Him - as God’s only begotten Son.
John 5:23 “All should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
Matthew 9:6 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" (NRS). (Mark 2:5-12, Luke 7:48-49).
Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’”
John 5:22 "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
John 5:26-27 “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.”
GREATER THAN ALL
The Father as “head” of Christ
The Father beget a Son (Proverbs 8:22-25, John 17:8).
The Father then created everything else, through His Son (Jn 1:10, Heb. 1:1-2, Col. 1:15-17).
The Father sent His Son (John 8:16, John 6:38-39).
The Father brought His Son into our world (Hebrews 1:6).
The Father has given all authority to His Son (Jn5:22, Acts17:31, Rom.2:16, 2Tim.4:1, Acts 10:42).
The Father raised His Son from death (1Peter 1:3, Galatians 1:1).
The Father is “head” of His Son (1Corinthians 11:3).
The Son will be “subject to” the Father for eternity to come (1Cor. 15:28).
The Father is “the One who put all things under Him” (John 3:35).
God our Father actually beget another divine being out of Himself. He called that being “My Son”. Jesus is called “the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14) and “the Son of the Father” (2John 1:3). He is also called “the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). From these verses collectively we may understand that “God” is “the Father”. “For us there is one God, the Father” (1Corinthians 8:6).
John 16:28 [Jesus speaking] “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”
John 3:18 [Jesus speaking] “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
John 20:31 “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (NIV).
The word translated as “godhead” means “divinity” or “deity”. God the Father IS the “godhead” - the original and unbegotten divinity.
Jesus said, “the Father who dwells in me, does the works” (Jn14:10). Because God the Father dwelt in Christ His son, “all the fullness of the godhead” dwelt in the bodily form of Jesus Christ.
God our Father is immense beyond our comprehension. He exists outside of our dimensions of space, mass and time. We cannot “see” Him. And so God sent His Son, to represent Himself to men. Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Acts 9:20 [Saul following his Damascus Road conversion] Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
1 John 3:8 “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
1 John 4:15 “God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.”
1 John 5:5 “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
1 John 5:10 “He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.”
1 John 5:12 “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1John 2:22-23 “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
Islam and Judaism both deny that God ever beget a Son.
2 John 1:9 “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”
1John 1:3 “And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
1John 2:24 “You also will abide in the Son and in the Father.”
1. The Father called Him God (Psalm 45:6, Hebrews 1:8).
2. The prophecies called Him “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6).
3. He is the only “begotten” Son of God (John 3:18).
4. He was called “Immanuel” - “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
5. He was God “manifest in the flesh” (1Timothy 3:16).
6. He was all the fullness of deity in bodily form (Colossians 2:9).
4. He claimed pre-existence with God (John 17:5, John 16:28, John 1:1-3).
5. He created this earth and “all things” (John 1:10, Hebrews 1:2).
7. He received worship (John 20:28-29, Luke 24:51-52).
8. He baptizes with the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11, Mar. 1:8, Lk 3:16, Jn 1:33, Acts 2:33).
9. He forgave sins committed against God (Mark 2:10, Luke 5:24).
10. He gives eternal life, and the power to overcome sin, to “whom He will.”
11. He will judge. The Father has committed all judgment to the Son (John 5:22).
12. He will execute judgment, by authority given Him from His Father.
“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand” (John 3:35).
13. He shares His Father’s throne (Revelation 3:21, Ephesians 1:20, Hebrews 8:1).
He is the divine Son of God.
WORTHY OF WORSHIP
Why do we honor the Son?
He is our creator. He was equal in power with God His Father, yet He did not challenge His Father or seek to be equal in authority. He agreed to leave the heavenly realm, to become a powerless human being. He agreed to suffer the indignities of a conquered people, to become tired and thirsty and lonely. He was rejected of all men, yet he did not turn back from His mission to save them. He agreed to die by torture. He set the perfect example of submission and He won the battle through that perfect obedience.
We honor Him - we serve Him - as Savior and Lord.
We pray this study will prove a blessing.
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