Worship Through Jesus
Worship Part 11 – Worship Through Jesus
Paul’s teachings focused on Jesus that brought division into the world of the 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 into 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 considering himself equal to God; instead, he humbled himself to the point that He appeared as a servant and 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 accepted such worship implied by God. That said, Christians need to recognize that the Bible teaches the Triune God. Tri-unity or Trinity; though it is not written precisely 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 the Christian community, we are on the brink of losing true believers, genuine 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 yet, and we are involved in this division. The people before us claimed a godly work and were interested in pursuing 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 disagree and want to keep their stand or belief, then it is time for believers to ignore them and solve the issue upon themselves. In the early stage of the church age, many diversions 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 how they interpret the scriptures to fit their system and be different from others.
The Jew, mainstream Christian denominations, and non-denominational Christians have their doctrinal views as if more than one god provided the inspired Word. These made it more complicated to make God’s breath inspire one Christian Bible. Different groups have different understandings, ways of worship, and a new version of the Bible with the addition or omission of the original scripture writings. Some of the new versions already have 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. Groups of women 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 there is a guest speaker in a convocation, and nobody knows the gender. We definitely cannot use it. Humans are progressing, and we should expect more changes in the coming years unpleasant, though, we must live with them.
There are many books written about visions, dreams, and experiences with God and Jesus giving them revelations; some even speak and act like a prophet. Some said that they saw Jesus in heaven, and some even described the signs and wonders that had been shown to them at the end; it is all about money, to make tons of money.
If we look back on our Bible, there are many events of resurrections, and no one came out and told us what heaven looks like or if they saw Jesus. Their narratives could be authentic, and all of these could also be false. With convictions and the spirit of discernment, we will know it. 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 straightforward and should not be diverted to many interpretations. , 2nd Stay focused on avoiding confusion, and do not give space to any doubt that may arise. 3rd, Remove all that we learned that confused us 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 of Jesus saying 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 a deeper understanding, we need to consider that challenges might come our way. Still, when we overcome it, our newfound understanding can bring joy to ourselves and happiness to those hearers and doers of the word of God. Many are bringing the issue to a three-in-one God, which brings confusion instead of one God in three entities (Persons) which is a big difference.
Though it is three in one as it is written through discernment and revelation, it can easily be explained in a 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 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 is three separate entity and be seen as one. It might still be confusing if we explain, but if we focus on God alone, we may solve the puzzle in our minds.
The Christian church cannot lay it down in simple explanation but might also need a demonstration to understand it fully. Trinity exists with one Being, and that is God the Father; the Son becomes an incarnate God after the pouring of the Spirit of God (Spiritual transformation). Present at that time during Jesus’ immersion was 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. Still, an acceptable truth revealed to our heart that has the capacity to understand spiritual connection—Conviction.
Remember when Jesus said that God is a Spirit and the worshipper must worship Him in Spirit and Truth? Now the truth has come to us and should touch us that the Spirit of God is One with the power to create, share and coexist eternally and coequally when the time comes. We meet Him face to face, and the only word that might come from 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 fulfill the Will of God that He wants us all to be with Him.
The spiritual Godhead is the substantial impersonal being of God. The essence of God is fully divine and uniquely exists in three persons— the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. At the same time, 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 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 vast difference between the translation of Psalm 8:5 and the modern versions. Have you noticed the difference between three in One and One in three?
KJV- For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels and 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 crown 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 overemphasize our adoration for anyone 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 types of the holiness of the Spirit.
They have different roles but the same purpose, the same love but differences 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 other than Him. At the moment, Jesus deserves our complete worship and devotion 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 the 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 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. Should you?
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