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HTML clipboardThen Jesus said him, “Begone Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”  (Matthew 4:10 – NASB)
John Wilson was a printer and author, born in Scotland in 1802.  He later moved to America and was a staunch defender of Unitarianism.  His work on “Scripture Proofs and Scripture Illustrations of Unitarianism” is a great source of Biblical knowledge concerning the unity of God.  For a short biography of John Wilson you can go to:  http://www.famousamericans.net/johnwilson1/ .  His other Unitarian publications comprise “Scripture Proofs and Scripture Illustrations of Unitarianism” (1833; 3rd ed., London and Manchester, 1846; abridged, Boston, part i. ; new ed., New York, 1847); “The Concessions of Trinitarians” (Manchester, 1842 ; Boston, 1845) ; ” Unitarian Principles Confirmed by Trinitarian Testimonies” (Boston, 1855-57).  The following is a paragraph that summarizes the topic that only the Father was the one whom the apostles worshipped.

Chapter I, Section XI  The Father the Only Proper Object of Religious Worship; Scripture Proofs and Scriptural Illustration of Unitarianism, 2nd Edition, 1837, page 50:

Did the apostle Paul, and his coadjutors in the Christian ministry, pay religious service to any being, save the one God, the Father? Did they bless and adore other two co-equal and co-eternal persons? Did they express the warm and grateful emotions of their hearts to a Trinity in Unity? — No : they had not thus learned Christ. They had not thus regarded the uniform example and the express language of their Lord and Master. His holy example they did imitate ; his authoritative commands they did obey. They worshipped, as he did, the same one Jehovah — the same Almighty Creator and Ruler — the same universal Parent. The first Christians ” lifted up their voice with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, who hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is ; grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal ; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” Paul fearlessly proclaimed, in the presence of the Roman Felix, ” I worship the God of my fathers ;” — that God whom he had represented to the Athenians as the Proprietor of heaven and earth, the Preserver of the human race, and their future Judge through the man Christ that He had appointed. And with this apostle did Peter, and James, and John, and Jude agree ; for they also adored the one ” only God, through Christ ;” they also ” bowed the knee to the Father of our Lord Jesus,” and of ” the whole family” of mankind ; they also confessed Jesus as their ” Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.” The apostles were not, indeed, unmindful of the obligations under which they lay to their beloved Master ; and their gratitude they evinced equally by the warmth of their expressions towards him, and by the ardour of their zeal in the cause of his most holy religion. But the thanks and the glory which they gave to Jesus of Nazareth ought never to be confounded with the solemn gratitude which they offered up to the Almighty : for they frequently spoke of Christ as the Appointed, or Commissioned of the Father; and of God as the Source or Fountain of all the blessings of the Gospel — the Bestower of ” eternal life, through” the agency or instrumentality of ” Jesus Christ our Lord.” In fine, to sum up the evidence presented in this Section. The angelic host, and the shepherds, who were attendants on the birth of Jesus the devout Simeon — the witnesses and intelligent subjects of Christ’s miracles the pious Jews — the apostles and the early disciples of the Saviour the Saviour himself, both by precept and example — all concurred in preferring their religious services to One Being or Person — all supported the great Unitarian doctrine, that THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IS ALONE ENTITLED TO THE SUPREME LOVE AND VENERATION OF HIS RATIONAL OFFSPRING.

The more we see the simplicity of worshipping God the Father alone, to worship any other becomes only more offensive to our sense of what is right and holy.

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One Response to “You shall worship the Lord your God”

  1. on 17 Jun 2011 at 7:47 pmMarc Taylor

    1. Paul worshiped Christ in that he rendered a doxology unto Him (2 Timothy 4:18).
    2. Peter worshiped Christ in the he rendred a doxology unto Him (2 Peter 3:18).
    3. John wrote of how the Lord Jesus receives latreuw (Revelation 22:3) which is something that God alone ought to receive.
    4. Luke records that the Lord Jesus was prayed to in Acts 1:24, 25 and Acts 7:59.

    Yes, these four men all believed that the Lord Jesus is God.


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