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Worship of Christ?
The Greek “proskuneo”, “to make obeisance, do reverence to” (from pros, “towards,” and kuneo, “to kiss”), is the most frequent word rendered “to worship.” It is used of an act of homage or reverence... (a) to God, e.g., Matthew 4:10; John 4:21-24; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Revelation 4:10; 5:14; 7:11; 11:16; 19:10 (2nd part); Revelation 22:9; (b) to Christ, e.g., Matthew 2:2,8,11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:20; 28:9,17; John 9:38; Hebrews 1:6, in a quotation from the LXX of Deuteronomy 32:43, referring to Christ’s second advent; (c) to a man, Matthew 18:26; (d) to the Dragon, by men, Revelation 13:4; (e) to the Beast, his human instrument, Revelation 13:4,8,12; 14:9,11; (f) the image of the Beast, Revelation 13:15; 14:11; 16:2; (g) to “demons,” Revelation 9:20; and (h) to idols, Acts 7:43 (from Vine’s).
Worshipping Jesus and the Trinitarian Argument
Trinitarians believe, among many things, that Jesus has always been the Supreme deity—LORD God Almighty—while at the same time believing that Jesus was and/or is fully a man. They reject the possibility that Jesus could simply be a second Adam, a unique creation of God, by using the argument that “creature worship” is forbidden by the Bible and then noting that Jesus is worshipped in the Bible. Using Romans 1:25, they argue that those who worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator, are unlearned ones who walk in darkness, and that “creature worship” will result in God’s wrath:
Worshipping Our Lord Jesus
“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” (Matthew 8:2)
The Word “Worship” in Matthew 8:2
It is not often that errors are committed in reference books of recognized importance such as Young’s Analytical Concordance, yet such is the case with respect to the Greek word for “worship” used in Matthew 8:2. The curiosity of the writer was attracted by [editor] P. H. Adams’s reply to a problem on pp. 125 and 126 of The Testimony for April 1952, where the Greek verb is given as proskun exactly as printed in Youngs’ Analytical Concordance. The word puzzled the writer very much; and after due research and comparison with other recognized authorities, the inevitable conclusion pointed to a misprint on the part of the publishers of Young’s work (and which P. H. A. most probably reproduced therefrom) for proskunEO— the last two letters being unwittingly omitted.
Is Jesus God Because He Was Worshipped?
Christian worship has been very important to the question of whether Jesus is God. The New Testament (NT) records certain instances in which Jesus was “worshipped.” Christians generally have regarded these as evidence that those practitioners believed that Jesus was God, since only God should be worshipped. But what does “worship” mean?
Who Should Christians Worship?
Should Christians worship only God? Or God and Jesus? Or is it redundant to say that we should worship both God and Jesus? If Jesus isn’t God himself, is it therefore the sin of idolatry to worship Jesus? In this video, these questions are addressed in light of scripture.
Homage rendered to God which it is sinful (idolatry) to render to any created being (Exodus 34:14; Isaiah 2:8). Such worship was refused by Peter (Acts 10:25,26) and by an angel (Revelation 22:8,9).
Outward Tokens of Respect
Customs change slowly in Bible lands. This becomes clear by a comparison of the many references found in the Bible and other literatures of the Orient with existing circumstances and conditions. The same fact is attested by the pictures illustrating daily life upon the monuments of Assyria, Babylonia and Egypt in the countries between the Nile and the Tigris. Many of these, dating back to the second or third millennium before our era, prove conclusively that the same practices and usages as are now common among the inhabitants of those lands were in vogue in the days of H̬ammurabi and the early rulers of Egypt. This is especially true of matters pertaining to the worship of the gods, and of the attitudes or positions assumed in homage and respect to monarchs and those in authority.
wûr ́ship (Anglo-Saxon: weorthscipe, wyrthscype, “honor,” from weorth, wurth, “worthy,” “honorable,” and scipe, “ship”):
Worship, (properly some form of שָׁחָה, especially in Hithpael; λατρεία)., homage paid to a superior, especially to God (which we consider only), usually expressed by prayer, sacrifice, and ritual. See each term in its place; also SEE ADORATION.
Lord’s Day in Antioch
The People Worshiped
Prostration in Worship
Proskynesis (/ˈprɒskɪniːsɪs/; Greek προσκύνησις) refers to the traditional Persian act of bowing or prostrating oneself before a person of higher social rank. In the Eastern Orthodox Church the term proskynesis is used theologically to indicate the veneration given to icons and relics of the saints; as distinguished from latria, the adoration which is due to God alone, and also physical gestures such as bowing or kneeling (genuflection in the Western church) before an altar or icon.