Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scriptural Proof That Jesus Is God Almighty

  • Discussion:
          -If Unitarians are correct about Jesus not being God, then how do they account for the multiple occasions throughout the gospel narrative of Matthew where the people publicly worshiped Him? Consider the following texts:

          "After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." (Matthew 2:11)

          "While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live." (Matthew 9:18)

          "And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!" (Matthew 14:33)

          "But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” (Matthew 15:25)

          "Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him." (Matthew 20:20)

          "And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him." (Matthew 28:8-9)

          Yet, the Old Testament Scriptures expressly condemn idolatry:

           "You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." (Exodus 20:4-6)

           "—for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—" (Exodus 34:14)

           "You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name." (Deuteronomy 6:13)
           
           "See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand." (Deuteronomy 32:29)

           "I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8)

           If our Lord Jesus Christ is not God, then He cannot rightly be the recipient of worship. It is also telling to note that the New Testament records angels and the apostles always refusing the type of honor that Christ accepted. Neither would it have made any sense for the Father to say that He was pleased with His begotten Son (Matthew 3:16-17), if He were acting disobediently. If Jesus is not God, and wrongly accepted worship in violation of the Ten Commandments, then the New Testament must be in error for telling us that Jesus lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:14-16). It is obvious that Christ is the second Person of the triune God. In fact, we know that the Son is to be worshiped in the same sense as the Father because the Greek word latreuo is used in text of Revelation 22:3. Thus, the triune God shall reign for eternity.

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