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).
Jesus Christ is described in fourteen places in the KJV as being worshipped and accepting that worship. We know that Christ is worthy of great glory and honor, but should we in fact worship him in the sense that we worship God? Clearly it is vitally important to understand what it means to worship Jesus. Trinitarians sometimes argue that the worship of Jesus in the Bible is evidence of his identity with God, contending that we are to worship only God, and if Jesus is worshipped then he must be God. Do these scriptures in fact tell us that we are to worship Jesus and in what way and is that meaning of worship exclusive to God?
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Author: John MacDougal
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Bible reference(s): Psalm 2:11-12, Gen 23:7, Gen 33:3, Gen 42:6, Exo 18:7, Ruth 2:10, 1 Sam 20:41, 1 Sam 24:8, 1 Sam 25:23, 1 Sam 28:14, 2 Ki 2:15, Dan 2:46, 1 Chr 29:20, Rev 3:9, Rev 4:8, Revelation 5:9, Revelation 5:12, Revelation 5:13, Matthew 4:10, Mat 2:2, Matt. 2:8, Matthew 2:11, Matthew 8:2, Matthew 9:18, Matthew 14:33, Matthew 15:25, Matt. 20:20, Matthew 28:9, Matthew 28:17, Mark 1:40, Mark 5:6, Mar 5:33, Mar 7:25, Mark 15:19, Luk 8:41, Luke 5:12, Luke 24:52, John 9:38, Joh 11:32, Romans 14:11, Phi 2:10-11, Heb 1:6, Revelation 7:10, Revelation 7:17
Source: The Worship of Jesus Christ.
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