Worship is Rendered to Christ Which Belongs Only to the True God.

This study is adapted from Dr. Alva McClain’s notes, revised by Dr. John Whitcomb and Ivan French, and used by permission of Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana.  This is one of the finest studies ever produced on the deity of Christ, and every student of the Scriptures should master this material.

A. The Bible clearly teaches that such worship belongs to God alone, and is never to be rendered to any creature, no matter how exalted that creature may be.

  1. Apostles refused worship (Acts 14:11-15).
  2. Peter refused worship (Acts 10:25-26).
  3. Angels refused worship (Revelation 19:10; 22:8,9).
  4. Christ commanded men to worship God alone (Matthew 4:8-10).
  5. Men are punished for accepting what belongs only to God (Acts 12:21-33).

B. Yet this same Bible teaches that Christ is to be worshiped as God.

1. Christ accepted and encouraged such worship.

Matthew 14:31-33
Matthew 15:25-28
Matthew 28:9-10
Matthew 28:16-18
John 9:35-39

2. Christ demanded such worship.

John 5:23

3. The Father commands such worship of Christ.

Hebrews 1:6

4. Christ will actually be worshiped by the host of heaven. See Revelation 5:8

5. This worship of Christ will finally become universal.

Philippians 2:10-11 (All men will someday bow the knee to Christ.)

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