Worship Part 11- Worship through Jesus
Should we worship Jesus?
Paul teachings are focus to Jesus that brought division into the world of early Christian community, especially when Matthew 5:19-20 was brought to light who is the least that Jesus Christ prophesied will not be called in heaven and so as those who believe in him. Paul called Jesus the blessed hope—our great God and Savior (Titus 2:13) and in (Philippians 2:5–8) having the nature of God but not considered himself equally to God but instead he humbled himself to the point that He appeared as a servants and the nature of being a man.
In Hebrew 1:5-8 God the Father announced Jesus is His Son and wanted the angels to worship Him and His throne will be in the kingdom that will last forever. Jesus never commented to reject such adoration, but rather accepted such worship implied by God. With that being said, Christians need to recognize that the Bible teaches the Triune God. Tri-unity or Trinity; though it is not written exactly the word Trinity, it was not intended not to be seen and since we are in the final portion of God’s love letter we need to settle in reverence to God’s word that we have to know and understand who are we worshipping?
Due to our monotheistic belief and too many divisions in Christian community, we are in the brink of losing true believers, the real seekers and not dividers. They are the ones that will unite the kingdom; they are the ones that will do the sowing of the seeds to the new generation of Christians, if the grace of God will be extended for the last chance for humanity to exist.
Why do we have to split the mind when we can work it as one? This issue has been thousands of years and we were not even here and yet and we are involved in this division. The people before us were the ones claiming a godly work and have their own interest to pursue the work of the spirit of lies to conquer and divide.
Instead of discussing and debating the issue, we must try to calm down the confusion and listen to the explanation of both sides. If both sides end up disagreeing and want to keep their own stand or belief, then it is time for believers to ignore them both and solve the issue upon themselves. In the early stage of the church age, many diversion of the truth happened and many church fathers at the time polluted the word of God although money was not involved. The main reason as it is now is the way they interpret the scriptures not only to fit to their system but to be different from others.
The Jews, main stream Christian’s denomination and non-denominational Christians have their own doctrinal views as if the inspired Word was provided by more than one god. These made it more complicated to make One Christian Bible to be inspired with God’s breath. Different groups have different understanding, different ways of worship, new version of the Bible with addition or omission of the original scripture writings. Some of the new versions have already gender sensitive issues. For example, when “man” is used in the original term of the Bible it is acceptable as neuter gender that it can neither mean male nor female. Neutral gender like the third person “they” meaning unknown gender. There are groups of women that challenge this century old grammatical gender to add women instead of men only. It is widely accepted that if we are not sure of the gender and the subject is referring to a human, we use the term “man”. Let us say that in a convocation there is guest speaker and nobody knows the gender we definitely cannot use it. Human is progressing and we should expect more changes in the coming years unpleasant though, but we have to live with it.
There are many books written about visions, dreams, and their experiences with God and with Jesus giving them revelations, some even speak and act like a prophet. Some said that they saw Jesus in heaven and some even describe the signs and wonders that had been shown to them and at the end of all these, it is all about money; to make tons of money. If we will look back on our Bible there are many events of resurrections and no one came out and told how heaven looks like or if they saw Jesus. Their narratives could be true, and all of these could also be false. With convictions and the spirit of discernment we will know it without a doubt. Remember Proverbs 4:6-7, "Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
Though we know God is love, His thought is conditional that if we will believe the teachings of the Son or believe in the Son that He sent, there is a promise of eternal life. The word is very simple and should not even be diverted to many interpretations. 2nd Stay focus to avoid confusion and do not give space to any doubt that may come arise. 3rd Remove all that we learned that made us confused and leave God alone. 4th Bring out to the open what teachings made you confused? 5th What questions do you have in mind that needs an explanation. 6th What response did you get that made you confused or you did not believe. 7th Trinity is a complicated study but when you get the true purpose of the Trinity you may find the truth behind the Word which was hidden to many believers but revealed to few. When we humbly grasp the true meaning when Jesus said that “we all can be gods” this might be the time that the word of God is speaking to you— Psalm 82:6; John10:34-38.
For those seeking for a deeper understanding, we need to consider that there might be challenges coming our way but when we overcome it, our new found understanding can bring joy not only to ourselves but happiness to those hearers and doers of the word of God. Many are bringing the issue to a three in one God which brings the confusion instead of one God in three entities (Persons) which is a big difference. Though it is three in one as it is written but through discernment and revelation it can easily be explained in simple word better if it is one in three. God will always be the head and not the tail.
God is an essence, a Spirit, a Sovereign force, what more do we need others for when we have it all. When we became His sons and daughters we became partakers of His Divine Nature and heirs of the kingdom after the Son, the King of kings. God in Three; One God in three persons all equally share Divine Nature from One Being, the Father shared with the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Son has a seal of approval from the Father-John 6:27; and Peter brought out the knowledge of the Trinity—1 Peter 1:2, so as Paul and Matthew 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 9:6 respectively. We are taught that there is only one God “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.—Deuteronomy 6:4;” “There is no God but one—1 Corinthians 8:4.” How can this happen? When there are three separate entity and be seen as one. If we literally explain it might still be confusing but if we focus in God alone, we may solve the puzzle in our mind.
The Christian church cannot lay it down in simple explanation but might also need demonstration to have complete understanding of it. Trinity exists with one Being and that is God the Father, the Son becomes an incarnate God after the pouring of Spirit of God (Spiritual transformation). Present at that time during Jesus’ immersion were the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit together with the witnesses or followers of John the Baptist. Trinity or Tri-Unity should not be taken lightly or be taken only as one of those teachings for consideration but an acceptable truth revealed to our heart that have the capacity to understand spiritual connection—Conviction.
Remember when Jesus said that God is a Spirit and the worshipper must worship Him is Spirit and in Truth. Now the truth has come to us and should touch us that the Spirit of God is One with power to create, share and coexist eternally and coequally and when the time comes and we meet Him face to face, the only word that might come out of our lips is thank you Father, thank you Brother Jesus for having this Spirit in me. If the Father is one in Spirit and the Son is one with the Spirit of the Father and the Holy Spirit is one that the Father shares for His chosen and elect sons and daughters that fulfills the Will of God that He wants us all to be with Him.
Spiritual Godhead is the substantial impersonal being of God. The essence of God is fully divine and in especial way existing in three persons— the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While Goodhood is the state or quality of being a god. Divinity is a little lower than the angels (KJV). The reader must put the verse into the context of the whole Bible itself, and above all, it requires spiritual discernment. Where do we belong to be part of the Trinity? Are we positioned a little lower than the angels? Or, Are we a little lower than God? In Psalm 8:5, A Little Lower Than God? Angel?
There is a huge difference in the translation of Psalm 8:5 and those of the modern versions. Have you notice the difference between three in one and One in three?
KJV- For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.
Modern versions tell us that we were made a little lower than God himself.
ASV- For thou hast made him but little lower than God, And crownest him with glory and honor.
RSV- Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor.
These biblical distinctions go a long way in providing the proper balance in Christian worship. We must not over emphasized our adoration for any one Person in the Godhead at the expense of another. The Bible teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit perform unique functions and recognizable differences in nature but similar type of holiness of the Spirit. Different roles but the same purpose, the same love but differs in command. All three Persons of the Godhead are equal and do not overlap its power and majesty. The Father will keep His sovereignty while the Son will rule the kingdom on earth with his kings. The Son will be the King of kings and Lord of lords. After everything has been put into place, the Son will submit to the Father.
To make it more specific, the Bible teaches that Jesus the Son of God will rule the earth with His kings and when the time comes when everything is put under Him, He will submit Himself to God so that God will be all in all. This clearly identifies the One to be worshipped and no one else besides Him. At the moment Jesus deserves our full worship and devotion and as the second person of the Triune God. How will we do it without disregarding the other member of the godhead? As it has been practiced in the early century of Christian Era mentioning the name of Jesus only even in baptism, today with clarity the benediction should be given like this: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. All equally exist in our worship. To fail to mention one, then we fail a perfect worship service. I will keep it that way.