Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 13, 2006

Christ is Worshipped

As we continue in our overview of the doctrine of the Trinity we are now about to enter the points of Scripture, which created the tension the fathers of Nicea sought to resolve.  The first of these issues that will be covered is the fact that Scripture indicates that Christ receives worship.

The following passages provide the biblical basis for Christ receiving worship:

John 9:38:  He said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.

Matthew 14:33:  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Matthew 28:17: And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.

Hebrews 1:6:  And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."

We also realize that these incidents are not a mistake, since other believers are rebuked for worshipping beings other than God:

Acts 10:25-26:  When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am a man."

Revelation 19:10:  Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant[a] with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God." For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 

The fact that Christ does not rebuke those who worshipped Him is imperative.  Since it was Christ, as we indicated in our last entry, who advocates that only God is to receive worship alone (Luke 4:8).  What are we to make of this tension?  Before we rush to any conclusions we will continue to examine the Scripture to see if any other tensions like this exist.

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