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NAMES AND WORSHIP
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Further evidence for the deity of Christ is the way in which the names of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are coupled together. There are several examples of this. Christ Himself said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Romans 1:7 speaks of "God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." In 2 Corinthians 13:14, in the so-called apostolic benediction, we read, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all." First Thessalonians 3:11 says, "Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you." And, indeed, you will find it in James 1:1, "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ."
A further piece of evidence supporting the divinity of Christ is that divine worship is ascribed to Him. He accepted such worship from men and women when He was on earth. You will find that in Matthew 28:9 and in Luke 24:52. But you get it also by way of exhortation in 1 Corinthians 1:2 where Paul refers to "all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord." That is worship. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Paul tells us, "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice"--that this is the Lord Jesus Christ is quite clear from the context. In Acts 7:59 we read of Stephen, as he was being stoned, "And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Indeed, our Lord Himself already prepared us for all this when He said, "That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father" (John 5:23).
A Thought to Ponder
The names of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are coupled together.
From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 269-270.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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