- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2007 02:00
VI. DIVINE WORSHIP TO BE GIVEN TO JESUS CHRIST. Matthew 28:9 — "And as they went to tell his disciples, behold Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him." Luke 24:52 — "And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy." Matthew 14:33 — "Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." (Compare to Acts 10:25-26 — "And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.") Revelation 22:8-9 — "And I John saw these things and heard them.
And when I had heard and seen I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren, the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God." Matthew 4:9-10 — "And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
First Proposition: Jesus Christ accepted without hesitation a worship that good men and angels declined with fear (horror).
QUESTION: IS not the verb translated "worship" in these passages sometimes used for reverence paid to men in high position?
ANSWER: Yes, but not by worshipers of Jehovah, as is seen by the way both Peter and the angel drew back when such worship was offered to them. 1 Corinthians 1:2 — "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours." 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 — "For this thing I besought the LORD thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Acts 7:59 — "And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus receive my spirit."
Second Proposition: Prayer is to be made to Jesus Christ. Psalm 45:11 — "So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy LORD; and worship thou him." John 5:23 — "That all men should honor the son, even as they honor the father. He that honoreth not the son honoreth not the father which hath sent him." (Compare to Revelation 5:8-9, 12-13 — "And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Saying, with a loud voice, Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. 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, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, an(] power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.") Third Proposition: It is God the Father's will that all men pay the same divine honor to Jesus Christ as to himself. Hebrews 1:6 — "And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God 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." (Compare to Isaiah 45:21-23, where it is unto Jehovah that every knee is to bow, etc.)
Fourth Proposition: The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is to be worshipped as God by angels and men.
Concluding Proposition: Jesus Christ is a person to be worshipped by angels and men, even as God the Father is worshipped.
Summary. By the use of numerous divine names, by the ascription of all the distinctively divine attributes, by the predication of several divine offices, by referring statements that in the Old Testament distinctly name Jehovah God as their subject to Jesus Christ in the New Testament, by coupling the name Jesus Christ with God the Father in a way that would be impossible to couple any finite being with Deity, and by the clear teaching that Jesus Christ should be worshipped, even as God the Father is worshipped — in all these unmistakable ways, God in His word distinctly proclaims that Jesus Christ is a divine being; is God. Note. Whoever refuses to accept Jesus as his Divine Savior and Lord is guilty of the enormous sin of rejecting God. A man often thinks he is good because he never stole or never murdered or never cheated. "Of what great sin am I guilty?" he complacently asks. "You are guilty of the awful, damning sin of rejecting God," we reply. But suppose one questions or denies His divinity. That does not change the fact nor lessen his guilt.
Questioning or denying a fact never changes it. Suppose that one denies the goodness of a man who is in fact the soul of honor. It would not alter the fact but simply make the questioner' guilty of awful slander. So denying the fact of the Deity of Jesus Christ does not make it any less a fact, but it does make the denier guilty of awful blasphemous slander.