Worship God or Worship Jesus?

Someone asked me, “I have always been saying that God said that we should not worship any other god but him yet I have been told that we must worship Jesus too. What is your take on that?”

Worship means to “bow down.” Bowing and worshipping demonstrates respect. Many people in the bible were worshipped. There are many examples in the Old and New Testament. Example, Nathan the prophet worshipped King David. (1 Kings 1:23) David bowed before Saul (1 Samuel 24:8). Joseph’s brothers “worshipped” him (Gen. 43:26). Ruth “worshipped” Boaz (Ruth 2:10). There are many examples where people fell down and worshipped Jesus after he performed great miracles. Saints are going to be “worshipped” by their former persecutors (Rev. 3:9).

The Hebrew and Greek word for “worship” apply to God, and also apply to superior human agents of the only true God. David was worshipped alongside the One true God (1 Chron. 29:20). Worshipping a superior human agent did not make them the only true God. Jesus is the ultimate spokesman for God and said to be the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15), “and the express image of his person” (Heb. 1:3), which means he perfectly reflected God’s mind and character while he walked on this earth, but this does not make him “the only true God” (John 17:3). Both are worthy of worship, that is, Jesus as the lord Messiah, and the ULTIMATE praise and worship to the ONLY TRUE GOD AND FATHER of our lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 1:3)

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