Jesus Christ - The Trilemma
Jesus Christ - Scripture That Reveals His Divinity
Hebrews 1:6 reads, "And again, when He bringeth in the Firstbegotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him."
Who is the Firstbegotten? Jesus Christ.
Paul writes in Colossians 1:15, referring to Jesus, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every creature..."
Jesus Christ is the Firstbegotten. That means God is commanding all of the angels of God to worship Jesus Christ in Hebrews 1:6, "He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him." Therefore, the Bible declares that Jesus is worshipped.
In Luke, chapter 4, Satan tempts Jesus three times. Luke 4:6-8 describes the second temptation and Christ's response: "And the devil said unto Him, 'All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine.' And Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.'"
The Greek word translated "worship" in Luke 4:7-8, proskuneo (pros-koo-neh'-o, Strong's 4352), is the same Greek word translated "worship" in Hebrews 1:6.
The same account is given in Matthew 4:10, using the same Greek word for Lord, "Then saith Jesus unto him, 'Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve."
Luke 4:6-8 is consistent with various other scriptures that command us to worship God alone, not men nor angels. (Acts 10:25-26, 14:11-16, and Revelation 19:10, 22:8-9)
While the Bible consistently and clearly commands us to worship God alone, throughout the New Testament Jesus receives the worship of both men and angels. (Matthew 2:2, 2:8, 2:11, 8:2, 9:18, 14:33, 15:25, 28:9, Mark 5:6, Luke 24:52, John 9:38, and Hebrews 1:6)
They are not just kissing His hands or His feet or just revering Him, they are calling Him Jehovah God.
In John 20 we read, "And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, 'Peace be unto you.' Then saith He to Thomas, 'Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing.' And Thomas answered and said unto Him, 'My Lord and my God.' Jesus saith unto him, 'Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.'" (John 20:26-29)
Thomas called Jesus "My Lord and my Jehovah God." In the Greek, the word God is a definite article. According to the vast majority of Greek scholars, the definite article is referring to Jehovah God.
Someone might pass this off as an exclamation, like "Oh my God!" Thomas exclaimed and blasphemed because He was spooked by the sudden appearance of Jesus. But if that were the case, Jesus would have rebuked Thomas for breaking the third commandment (blasphemy). He would not have responded, "Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29)
As a Rabbi, it was Jesus' duty to rebuke blasphemy. Why then did He commend Thomas?
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