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Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am God. Worship Me?"

Where in the Bible does Jesus say, "I Am God. Worship Me?"

  We have covered in other articles how Jesus applies the Divine Name to Himself in explicit and unmistakable statements of His deity. We have also covered in another article how Jesus was worshiped time and again in the New Testament, and yet never refused the worship. What's more, Jesus never rebukes or corrects the apostle who directly addresses Him as GOD.

  In this article, we will explore another passage in which Jesus yet again sets out some very clear claims to deity and equality with the Almighty God.
  Let's take a look at our context: in John 5, Jesus had just healed a man who had been sick for 38 years on the Sabbath, and this had infuriated the religious Jews who claimed He had broken the law against working on the day of rest. A crime which was punishable by death. 

  And so Jesus begins a dissertation to tell them in no uncertain terms just Who He is. In vv. 19-20, He discusses His dependence up…

Who is the Comforter in the Gospel of John?

Who is the Comforter that Jesus spoke of in the Gospel of John?

  Jesus said in John 16:13, 

  "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future.

  Jesus is not referring to Muhammad when He says this. Jesus is talking about the Third Person of the One Triune God, the Holy Spirit. We know this because we can read the verses themselves to see if, in fact, Jesus is talking about someone other than the Holy Spirit, and clearly He is not.

  As a matter of fact, we can take a look at every single time Jesus uses the word "Spirit" in the Gospel of John to see if He is referring to Muhammad in any one of them. Text in brackets is mine. Italics are also mine:

  Then John [the Baptist] testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon Him [Jesus]..." John 1:32

  We all know that Muhammad isn't holy, cannot fly and th…

Why Are You Calling Me Good?

In the interpretation of any text, there is a narrow context and a broader context. One must consider both if one desires to learn the whole truth, and cannot expect to have discovered it until then.

  Let us make an example of the nursery rhyme about Jack and Jill, which goes:

  "Jack and Jill went up the hill
   To fetch a pail of water
   Jack fell down and broke his crown
   And Jill came tumbling after."

  The narrow context of the passage can only tell us who the characters are in our little poem, and what happened to them in these few short lines.

  But if we had a broader context, we would be able to determine much, much more. Such as:

  - who were Jack and Jill, really? Were they rich or poor, young or old? Married, dating, or too young to be dating? Still in school or working?
  - why did Jack fall down in the first place? And how serious an injury was the breaking of his crown? How badly hurt was Jill?
  - Did anyone come to their rescue? Did they survive their hill-climb…

The God Who Walks on Water

In what is considered to be one of the oldest books of the Bible, the Book of Job, it says, 

  "[God] alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea." Job 9:8

  Thousands of years later, the Apostle Matthew wrote this in his Gospel,

22 Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 

23 After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 

24 But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. 

25 Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea. 

26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

29 “Come!” He said.And climbing…

The God Who Walks the Earth

Many times Muslims will tell you, "No one has seen God..." and then they will quote you John 1:18, "No one has ever seen God." 

  But obviously their understanding of that verse is incorrect, because the very first Book of the Bible and other books of the Old Testament show us where:

- YHWH literally came down to earth to walk and talk with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3)

- YHWH physically appeared to Hagar, mother of Ishmael, in Person, in a visible Form. Here is that verse: "Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” Genesis 16:13 NASB

- YHWH physically came down to earth to visit with man (Gen 18, Gen 32, Judges 13). Not only that but YHWH comes to earth as a human being Who EATS what Abraham feeds Him on earth (Gen 18)

- while physically on the earth speaking to Abraham, YHWH calls on YHWH Who is in Heaven to rain down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah…

Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am Not God. Stop Worshiping Me?"

The Bible is so straightforward about the Deity of Christ that those who choose to deny it can only do so by utterly rejecting the Word of God. No one with an objective mind can read the text of the New Testament and come away with any other conclusion than that the Christ that it speaks of is divine. 

  A typical challenge from Muslims to Christians is to produce a verse in which Jesus categorically states, "I am God. Worship Me." We have already covered some of the places where Jesus says He is God in previous articles so, in this one, we will take a look at the many places in the Scriptures where Jesus is worshiped as God.

  But first let us look at two reactions to worship as exhibited in the New Testament. 

  Luke relates what the Apostle Peter encountered when he visited the home of a Gentile:

Acts 10
25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him.
26 But Peter helped him up and said, “Stand up! I myself am also a man.” 

  On the other hand, i…