q God – Answering Problems

Summary

God is the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-6). Worship means respecting and honoring God more than any other being (John 4:24). We worship God because He is perfect (Matthew 5:48): all-powerful (Romans 1:20) and all-loving (I John 4:8). We also worship God because we need Him to live (John 1:4).

Endorsements

All Christians agree the Trinity should be worshipped because of His power and love.

Concepts

Trinity

God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

When Christians say we worship God, we believe God is three separate Beings: the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). These Beings are all God because each is defined as a Savior to humanity (Titus 3:4-6).

God is three in one.

Christianity claims to be a monotheistic religion because God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29). We also see that each Person claims divinity: the Father of all (Ephesians 4:6), the Son of God (John 5:18), and the literal Spirit of God (I Thessalonians 4:8). During creation the “elohim” created the world, and “elohim” is the plural form of God; we also see the word “us” was used (Genesis 1:26). The immediate next verse uses “he created,” showing that God can be both plural and singular at the same time (Genesis 1:27).

The Trinity is co-existing, co-equal, and co-eternal.

This common phrase used to describe the Trinity means that each Member of the Trinity exists separately from each Other, is equal in power, and cannot die.

There is subordination in the Trinity.

The Holy Spirit is subordinate to the Father and the Christ (John 16:13), and Jesus Christ is subordinate to the Father (John 12:49). Being “one” is about choosing to have the same beliefs and love (Philippians 2:2), not about knowledge or authority (Luke 2:52).

Jesus is fully man and fully God.

Also known as the hypostatic union, Jesus was always a man and was always God at the same time (John 1:1,14).

Each member of the Trinity has a different primary purpose.

God the Father’s purpose is to be an example of perfection (Matthew 5:48), distant from sin (Psalms 10:11; Matthew 27:46) and working all things to be in its proper order (I Corinthians 15:28). The purpose of the Son of God is to be Creator (John 1:3), Savior (II Timothy 1:10), and Lord (Matthew 7:21). The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to be a truth Guide (John 16:13) and Helper for righteousness (John 14:26).

Worship

Worship is respecting God’s perfect power.

God’s power is eternal (Romans 1:20). God created everything (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16). He is omnipresent, existing everywhere (Ephesians 4:6; Ephesians 1:23). He is all-knowing (I John 3:20). He is the embodiment of Truth (John 14:6) and perfection (Matthew 5:48), needing nothing (Acts 17:25) and never sins (I Peter 2:22). His will is always accomplished (Isaiah 46:10), and His methods are perfect (Psalms 18:30). God “the Almighty” exists outside of time and any other logical construct we can conceive of (Revelation 1:8). God is so far out of our understanding that His name is “I AM” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58).

Worship is respecting God’s perfect love.

Do we worship God just because He is all-powerful? We worship Him because He is all-powerful and He is perfectly good and loving (II Chronicles 7:3). God is perfect (Matthew 5:48) because He is the definition of love (I John 4:8). Not everyone seeks power, but everyone seeks love because everyone seeks a healthy and respectable life (Luke 17:33). God loves everyone, even the worst of sinners, so much that he died for us (Romans 5:6-7,8). He loves you when you are manipulating others or hating yourself because He knows every evil thing in you and still wants to save you (John 3:16-17). He wants to become one with you (Ephesians 5:31-32). Love is desiring for another life to thrive, and God loves us so much that He wants to do everything for us, even make us perfect (Matthew 5:48).

You are created to worship God.

God put a void in our hearts by having humanity desire eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This is meant to bring glory to God (I Corinthians 10:31) who alone is worthy (Revelation 4:11).

FAQ

Worship

Isn’t demanding worship narcissistic?

Some may think of God like a narcissist because He demands worship for His own sake, but God needs nothing (Acts 17:25). He commands worship because worshipping God is the only way we won’t worship ourselves (Romans 1:25), the definition of pride (Psalms 10:4). When humans start to worship anything besides God, then they won’t ask Him for help (Isaiah 53:6), leading to a dystopia instead of a utopian heaven (Romans 3:11-12,17).

Why would God make me co-dependent on Him?

God does not want us to be dependent on anyone (I Thessalonians 4:12), but He wants us to depend on Him in the same way a father wants his baby to depend on him until he is grown up. We cannot be perfect without depending on Perfection (Matthew 5:48).

Trinity

Is Jesus God?

Jesus said He is one with the Father (John 10:30). Being one with God means you are God (John 10:38), which angered the Pharisees (John 10:33John 5:18) who claimed He was equating Himself to God (John 5:18). He also said “I AM”, another claim of being God (John 8:58-59Exodus 3:14). All of Jesus’ followers also thought He was God (John 1:1-2,14,17John 20:28), including the early church. More than that, Jesus is the Creator (John 1:3Hebrews 1:2), because although God is one, God is also plural because God said “us” in Genesis 1:26. If you’re wondering why Jesus never said, “I am God” more directly, it’s because He never praises Himself (Proverbs 27:2), being perfectly humble (Isaiah 57:15Matthew 11:29). The whole point of faith is to see if we believe Jesus is God or not (I John 4:2-3).

Was Jesus created?

Also known as Arianism, some believe Jesus was created because sons are born, and Jesus is the Son of God (Hebrews 1:5-6). While it’s true Jesus’ source is the Father (Hebrews 2:11), Jesus was not created by the Father. Jesus was always with God and was always God (John 1:1). All things were created by Jesus (Colossians 1:16). Also, the Father calls Jesus “God” (Hebrews 1:8).

Did Jesus switch between His divine and human natures (Matthew 3:16)?

Also known as Apollinarianism, some claim Jesus switches between His divine and human nature (John 14:10). Logically, it is possible for the Spirit of God to rest on Jesus and for the Father to be in Him while still being God Himself, because God is all-powerful. The problem with this belief is that the redemption from the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) must involve the death (Hebrews 9:16) of the Person who made the Old Covenant (Hebrews 9:17). The only way Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross could save us is if He personally made the Old Covenant, and He did (John 1:3).

Is Jesus the Son of God?

Also known as Nestorianism, some claim that the Christ had two separate natures, that of Jesus and that of the Son of God. They claim Jesus the man was not the Son of God. This was the same claim of Satan (Matthew 4:3). While it’s true Jesus never directly said it, Jesus wanted us to believe He is God and the Son of God (John 3:18). Jesus did indirectly say He was the Son of God as a question (John 10:36). He also refers to Himself as the Son quite often (John 3:36), and never corrected anyone who believed He is the Son of God (John 11:27).

Did Jesus gain His divinity during His baptism?

Also known as Adoptionism, some claim Jesus was only a man before the Holy Spirit descended on Him (Matthew 3:16), and He gained divinity by being sinless. The Bible says that Jesus was “begotten” (Hebrews 1:5) and a human that is begotten by definition can’t be adopted.

Was Jesus more divine than human?

Monophysitism teaches that Jesus was only divine, not having a human nature. Eutychianism teaches that Jesus’ divine nature overpowered his human nature to where He was basically only divine. The reason why Jesus’ humanity is important is because through His suffering as a human, He was made into our perfect High Priest, because we can now relate to Him as a Being who was tempted (Hebrews 2:10; 4:15). If Jesus didn’t have a human nature or it was so overpowered by His divine nature, then He wouldn’t have suffered while being tempted.

Is the Trinity different forms of the same Being?

Also known as sabellianism or modalism, some take monotheism to mean that Jesus was literally the same, exact Being as the Father. The Father manifested Himself in different modes, but They are actually the same Being. The proponents claim any semblance of differentiation was just an act to show us humans how to relate to God. We see Jesus praying to the Father by Himself, which would have no purpose if Jesus was the same Being as the Father (John 17:1). The reason the Trinity is greater than modalism is because unity is a virtue (Ephesians 4:13).

Was Jesus only appearing to have an earthly body?

Also known as Docetism, some claim that Jesus only appeared to have a real body, but in reality was only spiritual (Matthew 5:26). There are many examples of Jesus eating (Luke 24:43). We are also warned to believe that Jesus Christ came from heaven into a fleshly body (I John 4:2-3).

Did Jesus have His own will separate from the Father?

Also known as Monothelitis, some claim Jesus didn’t actually have a human will. While it’s true that Jesus wanted to do the Father’s will (John 5:30), Jesus claimed to have His own will (Luke 22:42).

How can Jesus be God if He talked with God?

Some claim Jesus isn’t God because He talked to God (John 17:1). Jesus claimed to be one with God (John 17:22). Being “one” is about choosing to have the same beliefs and love (Philippians 2:2), not about knowledge or power (Luke 2:52).

How can Jesus be God if He doesn’t know everything (Matthew 24:24,36)?

Jesus was once a child who needed to grow in wisdom like any human (Luke 2:46,52) and be taught by the Father (John 8:28). When Jesus claimed to be one with the Father (John 10:30,38), this oneness is not having the same thoughts, as most Christians believe the Trinity is 3 distinct Persons, who have their own minds and have ranking (John 14:28). Although the Father knows everything (I John 3:20) and Jesus was perfected through suffering (Hebrews 2:10), the reason Jesus is God is that while the universe and us humans are created by Jesus (John 1:3), Jesus was not created by the Father but existed with Him (John 1:1-2). Being perfect or God is not about knowledge but about having a divine nature that has full control over sin (Hebrews 4:15).