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PRAYER AND WORSHIP
In this dispensation, to which Person in the Godhead should the worship of the assembly be directed?
Without question our Lord Jesus Christ is a true and proper object of His people’s worship. The wise men from the east came to worship Him (Matthew 2:2), and “when they saw the young child with Mary His mother, they fell down and worshipped (not them, as the Romanist and Ritualist would have it, but) Him”—not to mention such cases as occur in Matthew 8:2; Matthew 9:18, which perhaps would hardly mean more than an act of deep reverence (for “worship” etyrnologically means “worth-ship,” and is thus used in law courts—”your worship”).
In Matthew 14:33 we read that those in the boat recognised Him as “Son of God;” as did the healed man of John 9:38 when he exclaimed, “Lord, I believe, and he worshipped Him.” In each instance it is the revelation of the glory of His person, which draws out the adoring worship of His own. This was the case on earth after His resurrection (Matthew 28:9), and never did the Lord disclaim such worship, as did Peter (Acts 4:12), but accepted it as His rightful due.
This is all perfectly true and most blessed, and wherever to-day God is worshipped, our Lord Jesus Christ receives His part, for He is God the Son. But this being so, we must not confuse the Persons of the Trinity. Each has His proper place and function, and in John 4: the Lord clearly indicates that it is God the Father who is seeking worshippers, and it is “in spirit and in truth” that the true worshipper must worship Him.
The worship of the Old Testament saints was figurative. The worship of the Lord when on earth was direct and personal, but there was another worship, even then beginning, true and spiritual. The Lord Jesus is the Way to the Father. If in our priestly worship we habitually stop short of Him, we fall below what the Lord wills for His people. He is the High Priest over the house of God, delighting to present their worship to the Father. The object, the way, and substance, the power of worship are all indicated in that most inclusive verse, Ephesians 2:18, “For through Him (the Lord Jesus) we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
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1. THE PROPER OBJECT OF OUR WORSHIP
Brother paul Geronimo, Unregistered
jesus never once said to be worshiped, but said to worship the father in spirit and in truth, he is always glorifying the father, for true followers of Christ and His teachings we must be clear and understand what Jesus is teaching us, like He said He is the way, The truth and the light, Jesus sits on the right hand of God the father, and was given the power of authority in heaven and earth, How ever let us not forget God the father, for they are two different individual, same way a man and a woman become one when married, or how we are one with our parents, Jesus said I am one with the Father and the Father is in Him, He never claimed and say to be equal with the all Mighty Father, but the Pharisees made it sound that way, Sadly many Christian have gone a little astray from the true teachings of Christ in the bible, for many claimed Jesus is being God the Father, or the sole God Him self, we are totally by passing the main Father who deserve the Highest worship, John 3:16 God so loved the world, He gave His only Begotten Son. Many can have there own insights and can understand it wrongly, for example, just because people worshiped Jesus at birth doesnt mean they are saying to worship Him, they are illustrating what these people did and their reactions, however since He is the Son of God, Just like how people give praise to their King, the son (prince) is also lifted for they are in the same family, same way as God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, They are in unity as one company, this is what i have learned from my own research in the bible, going directly to what Jesus is teaching and having a clear understanding with out twisting it, i hope i didnt come in harsh for i have no intent to cause any harm, i just want to get things right and follow Christ and His teachings.
Jesus mentioned the most important commandment of all is to Love the Lord with all your heart and all your soul, and left a new commandment to His disciples is to " love one another as i Have loved you, it is easy to compare the first commandment but the first commandment is the highest of them all, from my own point, i believe it is wise to give God the Father the highest worship, the way Jesus tells us, it is of a big importance to God the father, so? should we disregard what Jesus is saying and lets just worship Jesus? or follow what He is teaching us?
Posted 2013-02-25 03:21:35
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