Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am God. Worship Me?"

  Where in the Bible does Jesus say, "I Am God. Worship Me?"

  We have covered in other articles how Jesus applies the Divine Name to Himself in explicit and unmistakable statements of His deity. We have also covered in another article how Jesus was worshiped time and again in the New Testament, and yet never refused the worship. What's more, Jesus never rebukes or corrects the apostle who directly addresses Him as GOD.

  In this article, we will explore another passage in which Jesus yet again sets out some very clear claims to deity and equality with the Almighty God.

  Let's take a look at our context: in John 5, Jesus had just healed a man who had been sick for 38 years on the Sabbath, and this had infuriated the religious Jews who claimed He had broken the law against working on the day of rest. A crime which was punishable by death. 

  And so Jesus begins a dissertation to tell them in no uncertain terms just Who He is. In vv. 19-20, He discusses His dependence upon and unity with the Father, which is completely in line with His mission as Messiah and Obedient Son. 
And then Jesus says (italics mine):

21 "And just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to anyone He wants to. 

22 The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 

23 so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him." John 5

  In verse 21, when Jesus uses the words "just as," He is saying that He does these things in the same way as the Father.


  Jesus repeats the phrase in verse 23:


23 so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. 


  And does so again in verse 26: 


26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself.

  So we see Jesus claiming equal powers with the Father. But equal powers to do what?


  In verse 21, Jesus says He has the power to give life to anyone He wants to


  Since only the Creator God has the power to give life and to raise people from the dead, this is obviously a claim to divine powers which are unavailable to any ordinary man or the mere "messenger" Muslims claim Jesus to be. 


  And since Muslims claim that Jesus only did what miracles He did "by permission from God," they also have to explain how Jesus can say He gives life to anyone He wants to and in the same way that the Father does. This is autonomy and independence that belies their claim of Jesus' need to seek "permission." 


  Verse 22 is just as powerful if not more so, as it shows us a delegation of the Divine authority to judge man for their sins from the Father to the Son. No mere man can claim this authority for at least two reasons that I can think of:


  1) only One Who can see into a man's heart would be capable of such judgement. 

  2) only One Who is sinless has the right to judge others.

  In this discussion with the Jews, Jesus is making just such a claim.

  But He goes even farther in verse 23, when He says that the Father has given Him the position of Divine Judge for one purpose:

23 so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. 
  
  Jesus is not just claiming equality with the Father, but He is also claiming the same honor for Himself as worshipers give to the Father. 

  As Barnes' Notes on the Bible commentary puts it, 

  "If our Saviour here did not intend to teach that he ought to be "worshipped," and to be esteemed as "equal" with God, it would be difficult to teach it by any language which we could use."
  
  This is the reason why Jesus always accepted the worship that was offered Him.

  The reason why He did not reject or correct Thomas when the apostle  declared to His Master, "You are the Lord of me and the God of me!"

  And the reason why every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord:
Jesus is God!
   

Who is the Comforter in the Gospel of John?


  Who is the Comforter that Jesus spoke of in the Gospel of John?


  Jesus said in John 16:13, 


  "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future.

  Jesus is not referring to Muhammad when He says this. Jesus is talking about 
the Third Person of the One Triune God, the Holy Spirit. We know this because we can read the verses themselves to see if, in fact, Jesus is talking about someone other than the Holy Spirit, and clearly He is not.

  As a matter of fact, we can take a look at every single time Jesus uses the word "Spirit" in the Gospel of John to see if He is referring to Muhammad in any one of them. Text in brackets is mine. Italics are also mine:


  Then John [the Baptist] testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon Him [Jesus]..." John 1:32

  We all know that Muhammad isn't holy, cannot fly and that he came 600 years after Christ, so obviously he is not the Holy Spirit. One down.


  John the Baptist continues speaking...


  "I didn’t know He was the One, but when God sent me to baptize with water, He told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’" John 1:33

  John echoes the statement in the verse above, then adds that Jesus  will be the One Who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. In short, Jesus will send the Spirit. 
Human beings cannot send God's Spirit. That is something only God can do. 

  Is that Muhammad?

  Nope, because Jesus baptized the apostles and disciples at Pentecost, not long after His ascension into Heaven. Again, this all happened 600 years before Muhammad. Two down.

  Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit." John 3:5

  I don't think that there are any Muslims who are willing to say that Muhammad can give birth to anyone, so that makes it three down.

  "Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life." John 3:6

  Muhammad is immediately thrown out of the running in these words of Jesus, because #1, he was a human (and even worse, giving birth to spiritual life is a continuing process while Muhammad has been dead for 1,400 years), and #2, because, again, this spiritual rebirth through the power of God the Holy Spirit, began long before Muhammad. 

  Four down.

  "The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

  No one can be born of Muhammad (see above). Five down.

  The Apostle John says this of Jesus,


  "For He is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives Him the Spirit without limit." John 3:34

  "For God gives him the Muhammad without limit?" 


  Nope! Six down.

 
 "For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

  God is not Muhammad, thank God, so that's seven down.


 
 "The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life." John 6:63

  Muhammad cannot give eternal life. That is something only God can do, and that is why we know Jesus is God, because it is He Who gives those who believe in Him eternal life. Eight down! 

  By the way, Muslims might want to take that big hint from Jesus when it comes to how to get to Heaven: 

  "Human effort accomplishes nothing."

  The Apostle John wrote,

  (When he said “living water,” He was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in Him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)" John 7:39

  Muhammad would be given to everyone who believes in Jesus? Again, the Holy Spirit was given at the Feast of Pentecost 10 days after Jesus returned to Heaven from whence He had come. This was around 33-35AD. Muhammad, on the other hand, would not be born till more than half a millennium later. So that makes our score, the Holy Spirit nine. Muhammad, still zero.

  "He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you." John 14:17

  This is a favorite verse among Muslims who try to make this apply to Muhammad. But they are not thinking their claim through... 


  did Muhammad live with the apostles when Jesus walked the earth? 

  Did Muhammad live in the apostles beginning at Pentecost, more than five centuries before he was born?

  NOPE! Ten down.

  "But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you." John 14:26

  And this one the Muslims do not like, because in it Jesus unequivocally and unambiguously states Who the Advocate is -- the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit -- Who is a Person just like the Father and the Son. 


  It is not Muhammad. Eleven down.

  “But I will send you the Advocate —the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about Me." John 15:26

  Again, this is the beauty of following a teaching in its context. We saw in the verse above that Jesus already identified Who the Advocate was, and in fact, He reiterates the point here by saying "Advocate —the Spirit of truth."

  Twelve down.

  "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future." John 16:13

  Same as above. Thirteen down.


  "All that belongs to the Father is Mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.’" John 16:15

  Same as above. Fourteen down.


  (Sidebar: note that Jesus says, "All that belongs to the Father is Mine..." Can a human being say that? Nope! Jesus is GOD. I'm just sayin')

  And finally...


  "Then He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit." John 20:22

  Jesus gives the Apostles the Holy Spirit, just as promised. 

  He did not give them Muhammad.

  So there we have it: fifteen verses, and in not a single one of them do we find Muhammad. Instead, over and over again we see that it's the Holy Spirit Who, thank God, is not Muhammad.


  Case closed.




Why Are You Calling Me Good?

  In the interpretation of any text, there is a narrow context and a broader context. One must consider both if one desires to learn the whole truth, and cannot expect to have discovered it until then.

  Let us make an example of the nursery rhyme about Jack and Jill, which goes:

  "Jack and Jill went up the hill
   To fetch a pail of water
   Jack fell down and broke his crown
   And Jill came tumbling after."

  The narrow context of the passage can only tell us who the characters are in our little poem, and what happened to them in these few short lines.

  But if we had a broader context, we would be able to determine much, much more. Such as:

  - who were Jack and Jill, really? Were they rich or poor, young or old? Married, dating, or too young to be dating? Still in school or working?
  - why did Jack fall down in the first place? And how serious an injury was the breaking of his crown? How badly hurt was Jill?
  - Did anyone come to their rescue? Did they survive their hill-climbing and water-fetching ordeal?

  As you can see, there is much information that we don't know about our friends Jack and Jill. If we had more data, then obviously we could answer all our other questions. But without this data, some might be inclined to make presumptions about our hero and heroine that are totally without basis. 

  This is precisely what many Muslims and other unbelievers do with the text of the Bible. They come across a Bible verse, jump on the narrow context and claim they know what it means. But in so doing, they totally ignore the broader context and pretend it does not matter, which would be as reasonable as claiming that, 

  "Jack and Jill were Zionist agents on their way to murder innocent Muslim children when they were assassinated just in time by a Jihadi sniper. That is why they fell down the hill."

  Ridiculous, I know. That is nothing more than baseless and fanciful opinion, I understand that, but that is exactly what these folks are doing when they misinterpret Yeshua's (Jesus') words in Luke 18:19. They pluck out the part of the verse that they like, and ignore the broader context of not just the chapter, but of the entire Gospel of Luke.

  Let's take a look at our passage in its narrow context. All text in brackets is mine:  

Luke 18:18-30 (Complete Jewish Bible)

18 One of the leaders asked him, “Good rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?” 

19 Yeshua said to him, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good but God!


20 You know the mitzvot
 [commandments] — ‘Don’t commit adultery, don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t give false testimony, honor your father and mother, . . .’

21 He 
[the young man] replied, “I have kept all these since I was a boy.” 

22 On hearing this Yeshua said to him, “There is one thing you still lack. Sell whatever you have, distribute the proceeds to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me!” 


23 But when the man heard this, he became very sad, because he was very rich.


24 Yeshua looked at him and said, “How hard it is for people with wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!


25 It’s easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God!”


26 Those who heard this asked, “Then who can be saved?”


27 He said, “What is impossible humanly is possible with God.”


28 Kefa [Peter] said, “Look, we have left our homes and followed you.” 

29 Yeshua answered them, “Yes! I tell you that everyone who has left house, wife, brothers, parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 

30 will receive many times as much in the ‘olam hazeh, and in the ‘olam haba eternal life.

  Examining the entire passage as a whole, we see what the topic is: 


  Salvation, or how one can be saved.

  The first verse (v. 18) talks about eternal life, and so does the last verse (v. 30), bracketing the entire passage.

  Look closely.

  Salvation is discussed in every verse from vv. 18-30. The conversation begins with the young ruler asking Rabbi Yeshua what he must do to go to heaven, and it ends with Jesus promising rewards in that heaven to those who have given up temporal pleasures and desires to pursue the Kingdom of God.

  Now, when the Gospels say that the young man was a ruler, this means that he was, at the very least, not just influential in his synagogue, but possibly even the ruler of one. As such, the young man would have been learned in the Law apart from being highly-regarded in society. Yet, even though he had lived a life that was morally beyond reproach, he was aware that there was still something he lacked. 

  He knew Yeshua had the answer he was seeking, hence his question:

  Good rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?” (v.18)

  As He usually did, Jesus asked him a piercing and probing question in reply:

  “Why are you calling me good? No one is good but God!" (v. 19)

  Some scholars believe that Jesus was asking him, "Do you believe that I am God? Since only God is good and you are calling Me good, then it must mean that you understand that I am God." This man was asking the most important question that anyone could ever ask, and he was asking the Best Person anyone could ever ask! If anyone could tell him how to obtain eternal life, it was Jesus, Who said in John 17,

 3 "This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ." HCSB

  That is eternal life: a relationship with God. Jesus said, the key to eternal life isn't what you do, it's Who you know.

  But there was the young man's problem: he didn't know Who it was he was speaking to. All he was thinking was, what more can I do to get myself into heaven? For him, it was an issue of, "What do I do?" rather than "How do I get to know God?"

  Rather than rattling off a set of instructions, the first thing Jesus asks him is,

  "Why are you calling Me good?"

  Even if the young man was attempting to flatter Jesus with his greeting, it would not matter. Jesus constantly encouraged those who He dealt with to search their hearts and re-examine their beliefs about themselves and their relationship with God, just as He did in Luke 5:21-24; 6:8-9; 7:31-35, 7:40-50, John 3:1-21, 4:7-26, for example. This young man would be no exception.

  Jesus always cut to the chase, He always went to the core issue: the issue of the man's heart and whether he was prepared to hear the answer, act obediently upon it and by doing so receive eternal life.

  This was a man who had lived a life that was perfect as far as the Law was concerned and who was technically "good," and yet Jesus bluntly confronts him with a truth:

  You will never be "good enough" because only God is good.

  The young man had an idol in his life which Jesus was about to expose because it was keeping the man from a relationship with God. Jesus continues (text in brackets mine):

20 You know the mitzvot [commandments] — ‘Don’t commit adultery, don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t give false testimony, honor your father and mother...’
  
21 He [the young man] replied, “I have kept all these since I was a boy.”

22 On hearing this Yeshua said to him, “There is one thing you still lack. Sell whatever you have, distribute the proceeds to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me!”


23 But when the man heard this, he became very sad, because he was very rich.


  Did you notice that? Did you notice what Jesus said to the man who had everything?

  Let go of all that, and come... follow ME.

  The young man had kept the Law all his life, but was unwilling to let go of his idol, his wealth -- the one thing that was keeping him from a true and full relationship with God -- to follow Yeshua. So much for being "good."
This picture from:
https://passionatelyhis.wordpress.com/tag/rich-young-ruler/
and jonathanmerritt.com

  Throughout the rest of the passage, Jesus explains how the way to eternal life involves loving God above all else and allowing nothing to come between us and our relationship with Him.

  Unfortunately, Muslims and other unbelievers discard everything else we have seen above to focus on just one part of verse 19, in which Yeshua says, "No one is good but God!" and then claim that this is Jesus denying His own deity!

  Some have even gone so far as to turn Yeshua's interrogatory question, “Why are you calling me good?" into “I am not good!" But Jesus said nothing of the sort, not in this passage or any other. Jesus is named as God in the New Testament. He is worshiped as God and never refuses the worship. He calls Himself by The Name and uses titles that rightfully only belong to God. 

  And that is our broader context. 

  Jesus cannot be saying in v. 19 that He is not God because the Gospel writer tells us in passages previous and following that Yeshua is YHWH come in the flesh. 

  This is clear as early as the first chapter of his Gospel, where Luke relates the angel Gabriel's words to Mary,

Luke 1 (HCSB) 

31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus.

32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." 

  ... 

35 The angel replied to her: 
     “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
       and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
       Therefore, the holy One to be born
       will be called the Son of God." 

  While here, Jesus applies a prophetic Triadic (displaying the Triunity of God) text unto Himself:   

Luke 4 (HCSB)

17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it was written:

18 The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." (See Isaiah 61:1-2)

  Here are other examples of Jesus' affirmations of His deity or acts which can only be done by God:

  Luke 5:20-24  Forgives a paralytic man of his sins and heals him 

  Luke 6:1-11    Declares Himself as "Lord of the Sabbath" and heals a man on the Sabbath. The Sabbath had been ordained by YHWH God as part of the Mosaic Law, and its violation was punishable by death. And yet, here was Yeshua calling Himself Lord over a divine ordinance   

  Luke 6:46-49  Calls for those who come to Him to hear His words and act on them. Unlike the prophets who came before Him, Yeshua never says, "This is the word of the Lord." Jesus always spoke with the direct authority of YHWH God. There was never any tentativeness about His pronouncements 

  Luke 7:27       Applies the prophecy of Malachi 3:1 to Himself, saying He is the YHWH Who was to come to His temple

  Luke 7:47-50  Once again, forgives a sinner of her sins  

  There are many other examples, but let us close with one of the most definitive claims made by Jesus.

  In Luke 22, Yeshua uses the Divine Name "I Am" for Himself, and enrages the Sanhedrin:

69 From now on the Son of Man will be sitting at the right of the power of God. (see Psa. 110:1)

70 And they all said, Then are you the Son of God? And He said to them, You say it, because I AM!  

71 And they said, Why do we yet have need of witness? For we ourselves heard it from His mouth." LITV

  Is Jesus God? 

  From His very own lips, we have seen His declaration. 



Jesus is...

  And yet the rich young ruler missed it! 

  The Lord of the universe was standing right in front of him, and yet the young man couldn't see Him for Who He was... all because his heart and mind were trapped in a love affair with his possessions

  If you're more concerned today with anything other than your relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, then you are in the same boat as the rich young ruler, and heaven is closed to you. 

  So do yourself a favor. Repent of your sins right now and call on Yeshua to save you. 

  He will rescue you no matter your situation. 

  Because with God, what is impossible humanly is possible with God!
   

  With thanks to Ptr John Samson, substitute host on Dr White's podcast "The Dividing Line," for his very timely and excellent discussion of the Luke text above, and to my fellow E-MAMs, who helped put this together. God bless you, guys! It is my honor to serve the Lord with you!

  See also:

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/did-luke-know-that-jesus-was-god.html

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-yhwh-god.html

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/02/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-not-god-stop.html



The God Who Walks on Water

  In what is considered to be one of the oldest books of the Bible, the Book of Job, it says, 

  "[God] alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea." Job 9:8

  Thousands of years later, the Apostle Matthew wrote this in his Gospel,

22 Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 

23 After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 

24 But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. 

25 Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea. 

26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

29 “Come!” He said. And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. 

30 But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son Of God!” Matthew 14


  Remember that verse from Job?

  "[God] alone... treads on the waves of the sea." Job 9:8  

  Jesus didn't just come to His apostles walking on the water, He came in the midst of a stormy sea.

  Jesus demonstrated power no man has ever had.

  Jesus controlled nature so perfectly that He could walk on water.

  He also had the power to save Peter from drowning and then walk the two of them back to the boat, most likely through His control over nature itself, and all in the midst of a turbulent storm.

  Nature was taking its orders from Jesus.

  How could the apostles not worship the Jesus Who:

  - walked across the most turbulent of waters to get to them?


  - didn't just tell them He was the Great I AM (YHWH God), but went on to demonstrate it with sovereign power over the forces of nature?

  - calmed the storm with His mere Presence?

  God alone can tread on the waves of the sea.


  In all of history, Jesus alone has trodden on the waves of the sea.

  Jesus is God! 



The God Who Walks the Earth

  Many times Muslims will tell you, "No one has seen God..." and then they will quote you John 1:18, "No one has ever seen God." 

  But obviously their understanding of that verse is incorrect, because the very first Book of the Bible and other books of the Old Testament show us where:


- YHWH literally came down to earth to walk and talk with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3)


- YHWH physically appeared to Hagar, mother of Ishmael, in Person, in a visible Form. Here is that verse: "Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” Genesis 16:13 NASB


- YHWH physically came down to earth to visit with man (Gen 18, Gen 32, Judges 13). Not only that but YHWH comes to earth as a human being Who EATS what Abraham feeds Him on earth (Gen 18)




- while physically on the earth speaking to Abraham, YHWH calls on YHWH Who is in Heaven to rain down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19) 


- YHWH physically WRESTLED with a man (Gen 32)


- YHWH physically appeared to Moses in a burning bush (Exodus 3) 


- YHWH appeared to Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and 70 of Israel’s elders, "... they saw the God of Israel. Beneath His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire stone, as clear as the sky itself. God did not harm the Israelite nobles; they saw Him, and they ate and drank." Exodus 24:9-11 


  And that is the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


  Unlike the god of the Quran, YHWH has no problems entering into His creation, whether in human form, or as the Malakh YHWH, or even as the Pillar of Fire or the Pillar of Cloud which guided and protected Israel every single day for 40 years.


  YHWH the God of the Bible walks among His people. He talks to them, wrestles with them (they always lose, of course), He comforts them. He guides them and shelters them. Lo and behold, He even dines with them. 

  Sounds an awful lot like the Jesus of the New Testament, Who speaks to those who think they can get by without Him, saying: 

  "Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20

p.s. Here is how John 1:18 reads in two versions that Muslims need to see:

  "No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him." John 1:18 NASB

  "No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.John 1:18 NLT

  "No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known." John 1:18 ESV 

  Hope that helps! 


  See also:

  The Lord Our God is One!

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-lord-our-god-is-one.html

  The Jewish Concept of the Complex Unity of God

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-jewish-concept-of-complex-unity-of.html



Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am Not God. Stop Worshiping Me?"

  The Bible is so straightforward about the Deity of Christ that those who choose to deny it can only do so by utterly rejecting the Word of God. No one with an objective mind can read the text of the New Testament and come away with any other conclusion than that the Christ that it speaks of is divine. 

  A typical challenge from Muslims to Christians is to produce a verse in which Jesus categorically states, "I am God. Worship Me." We have already covered some of the places where Jesus says He is God in previous articles so, in this one, we will take a look at the many places in the Scriptures where Jesus is worshiped as God.

  But first let us look at two reactions to worship as exhibited in the New Testament. 

  Luke relates what the Apostle Peter encountered when he visited the home of a Gentile:

Acts 10
25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him.
26 But Peter helped him up and said, “Stand up! I myself am also a man.” 

  On the other hand, in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John is so overwhelmed at what he is hearing and seeing in his vision that he responds to his "heavenly tour guide" thus (text in brackets mine): 

Revelation 19
10 Then I [John] fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow slave with you and your brothers who have the testimony about Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” 

  In both cases, the worship is immediately rejected. 

  In both cases, the word for "worship" that the Greek text uses is the word "προσκυνέω," which transliterates as "proskyneō." 

  It is the same word that is used when Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:13 and 10:20 to reject the temptation of Satan:

10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship (proskyneō) the Lord your God, and serve only Him.” Matthew 4

  This is the same word used in 1 Corinthians 14:25, Hebrews 1:6, Revelation 7:11, and Revelation 19:4, which speak of the worship of God. 

  Over and over again in the New Testament, we find Jesus being worshiped. 


  Over and over again, He demonstrates the same behavior.   

  But we begin with Jesus' birth. Wise men who have followed a star in the heavens announcing His coming have found Him at last:

Matthew 2
11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped (proskyneō) Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

  Neither Mary nor Joseph stop the magi from worshiping the Christ Child.

  Many years later, Jesus the Messiah walks on stormy seas to join His apostles who He had sent on ahead,   

Matthew 14
33 Then those in the boat worshiped (proskyneō) Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!” 

  On other occasions, Jesus elicits the same reaction and responds the very same way each time:

Matthew 28
 9 Just then Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped (proskyneō) Him. 

   ...

17 When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted. 

Luke 24

52 After worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 

John 9


38 “I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped Him.

  But while Peter and the angel in John's Revelation very quickly stop the act of worship and redirect it to the Only One to Whom it is due...

  Jesus always receives it

  He never rebukes the worshipper.

  He never tells anyone not to worship Him.

  This is certainly odd behavior...

  if Jesus is just a mere "messenger." 

  If Jesus is not God...

  then why does He never stop these people, His apostles and disciples among them, from worshiping Him? 

  Thus far, our evidence could be claimed as circumstantial and thus, inconclusive.

  But Scripture doesn't end its testimony there. 

  Once again we are given eyewitness testimony to prove that Jesus is God...

  in John's stirring portrait in Revelation 5 of the worship being lavished upon Jesus, the Lamb of God, in the heavens from whence He came.

Revelation 5

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. 

12 They said with a loud voice:

     The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy
     to receive power and riches
     and wisdom and strength
     and honor and glory and blessing!

13 I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say:


     Blessing and honor and glory and dominion

     to the One seated on the throne,
     and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped 
(proskyneō).


  He is worthy!


  See also:

  Jesus Accepts Worship
  
  http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2014/07/jesus-accepts-worship.html

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am God. Worship Me?"

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/02/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-god-worship-me.html

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-yhwh-god.html


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