3. Paul Demanded for Jesus God-Worship

 

By Em Sumaway

However we may interpret the confession of the tongue that He is Lord, the bowing of the knee to Him is certainly worship. Indeed, prayer is regularly addressed to Jesus in the NT, especially when Paul links the phrases “God our Father” and “our Lord Jesus Christ” as being together the source of grace and the object of petition (e.g. 1 Th. 1:1; 3:11; 2 Th. 1:2, 12; 2:16). One is reminded, too, of Hebrews 1:6: “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

It is assumed in the NT documents that grace flows from Christ, and that prayer and worship are due to Him. John Stott writes, “Indeed, Christolatry (the worship of Christ) preceded Christology (the developed doctrine of Christ). But Christolatry is idolatry if Christ is not God, as Athanasius saw clearly in the fourth century when arguing against the Arian heresy that Christ was a created being.”[1]

[1] Stott, Contemporary, 89.

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