Worship Wars: The Battle to Know Him

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This blog will conclude my Worship Wars series. There are many things that compete with our ability to worship God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength in a way that He has called us to worship and that pleases Him and brings honor, glory and praise to His name. We are designed to worship and our worship should only be given to the One who has given us abundant life, salvation and hope for a blessed eternity.

Who is Jesus to YOU? How well do YOU know Him?

Jesus is not a great teacher, a prophet, a good religious leader, an ethicist, a moral example for all of us to follow, a great humanitarian, a magician, or a healer. Jesus is GOD. He made and sustains everything that we experience in our lives. Jesus is much bigger than any box in which we try to fit Him. An inadequate view of Jesus leads to inadequate worship. If our view of Jesus is too small, our worship will be small and ineffective. We cannot worship God well when we don’t understand how vast, amazing and significant He is in our lives and in this world. Jesus is the only one worthy of our worship!

In the book of Colossians, the people were looking for things to worship. They came up with the idea to worship angels and heavenly beings. Paul comes against the idea that we should worship other things above Jesus. The cry of Paul’s heart is to see the church grow  in their depth of knowledge of Jesus, their love for Jesus, and their ability to worship and give thanks rightly to Him. Colossians 1 describes the supremacy of God.

Colossians 1:15 states that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Jesus is uniquely qualified to run the universe and to receive our worship. Both the Old and New testaments make it clear that no one has ever seen God. John said that the only begotten Son of God who is the image of the Father has made God known to us. Jesus is God. To be made in God’s image means to be the exact likeness of God–like a reflection in a mirror. Jesus is not just a representation of God, but a manifestation of God Himself. John 8:58 says, “‘Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” The name I Am is a name that God has reserved for Himself. Jesus uses this name that God uses for Himself. This name is so sacred among the Hebrew people that they would not even speak the name of God or let the words I Am come out of their mouths because they were afraid they would be struck down from heaven. It must have been shocking for others to hear Jesus claim the words I Am for Himself! The people were ready to pick up stones and kill Jesus when He proclaimed who He is to them. Jesus slipped out of the crowd. The religious leaders later again tried to trap Jesus, and in John 10:30 Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.” Over and over and over again in the gospels Jesus claims to be God and then proves to be God by the life that He lives. If Jesus isn’t God, why would we worship Him?

Colossians 1:15 also states that Jesus is the firstborn in all creation. This verse is difficult because it makes it sound like Jesus is part of the created order, as though there are all the things that God created, and Jesus is the very first one. That is NOT what this verse is telling us. A few verses later we read that Jesus is the firstborn of the dead, and we know He was not the first one to die. Firstborn here simply means that He has authority and sovereignty over all creation. He has priority and preexisted over everything that has been created. He is prior to creation in time and above creation in rank. John 1:2-3 says, “He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” Jesus is the Creator. Jesus is the only one worthy of our worship. By Him, through Him, and for Him all things were created. Jesus is the architect, the builder, the goal of all creation. Everything ever made is supposed to point towards Jesus and lead to the worship of Him. We were created with a need to worship Him. It is foolish to worship creation and not the Creator. Jesus is before all things and in Him all things hold together. Jesus can calm a storm with the sound of His voice. Jesus is in control.

No box that we have ever constructed can contain Him. No mystery you throw at Him can confound Him. No problem you throw at Him can defeat Him. No sin you have committed is beyond His ability to forgive. Sooner or later every one of us must bow to our knees and cry out from a sincere and enlightened heart, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!” Jesus is the Creator, and we are His created.

Have you yielded your life to Him? A true revolution in this world begins with YOUR heart surrendered to Jesus. Together with an attitude and a life full of worship, you and I can make a significant impact in this world and bring glory and recognition to God! Your life has meaning and purpose. We are worshippers of the true and living God!

Psalm 8: Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Pray this Prayer: Jesus, forgive me for being small minded and for forgetting how awesome, amazing and big you are. Thank you for all you have done for me. Thank you for who you are to me. You are able to handle anything, and you hold everything together. I want to love and worship you now, Lord, with every fiber of my being. I’ll bring you more than a song. I offer every part of myself to you. I surrender everything to you. May my worship capture all that you are. May I seek to worship you and you alone. Let no man or no thing come before my adoration meant for you. May my worship be done rightly and to please and honor your precious and holy name. Help me to come back to the heart of worship. It is all about You, Jesus. I love you with my life. Amen.”

Lift Him up in praise right now:





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8 Responses to Worship Wars: The Battle to Know Him

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  4. It certainly is all about Jesus! He alone is worthy. Without Him, I am nothing.

    What an amazing God!

    • bography says:

      Is it absolutely all about Jesus? John Frame says, “Attention to ourselves necessarily detracts from attention to Christ.” Landry disagrees:

      “No, it can detract from Christ. But it does not necessarily detract from Christ. When it comes to the gospel, ‘we preach not ourselves, but Christ,’ because the gospel is not about us at all. Confusion over this matter does detract from Christ. However, the good news about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection has implications on the way we live, and so we must give some attention to ourselves as we let the light of the gospel shine in every dark corner, which challenges us to rethink our actions, self-centeredness, etc.”

      Yes, it is certainly mostly about God’s glory, but it’s also about God’s children’s (his elect) glory, which, of course, comes from Christ, and not from ourselves:

      “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:22-23).

      Keep close to our hearts, though, the “wise man must cease to glory in his wisdom, the mighty man must cease to glory in his might, the rich man must cease to glory in his riches, and their only ground of glory in themselves must be their insufficiency, infirmity, poverty, and weakness; and their only ground of glory out of themselves must be, that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Octavius Winslow, “The rough and thorny way”).

      So, it’s not all about Christ, the Lord, but mainly about Him. We need to be careful about that word “all.” What do you think, F4H?

      If you’re interested, I give some background in my little piece http://onedaringjew.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/john-frame-versus-michael-horton-whats-christ-all-about/

  5. bography says:

    Yes, F4H, we can’t stress enough that Jesus is Yahweh. Just one thing: your “Have you yielded your life to Him? A true revolution in this world begins with YOUR heart surrendered to Jesus.” Don’t you think that the revolution rather begins earlier, when God gives you a new heart when he raises you from the dead, thus enabling you to surrender to Him?

  6. ptl2010 says:

    He is worthy to receive honour and praise. Let us worship Him in Spirit and in truth with hearts made clean by the Blood of Jesus. Truly worthy is the Lamb.

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