Pastoral 2012

Worship Must Be Trinitarian

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 February 2012

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When we speak of worshipping God, we must always be mindful that we speak of Trinitarian worship.

That God is one, and that He is three is the very essence of who God is. The Trinitarian doctrine of God – One God, Three Persons – is thoroughly biblical, and uniquely Christian.

The great affirmation (Shema) of Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” bespeaks the unity of God as One. The baptism formula, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19), is evidence of the fact that the name of God comprises Three Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Many more of such Scripture portions can be cited to affirm that God is triune.

The Scriptures also have ample evidence that each of the Three Persons receives the worship of His people.

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:14).

“That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him” (John 5:23).

Matthew 28:19, which mentions the Holy Spirit along with the Father and the Son, testifies to the Spirit’s rightful place in our worship. Moreover, Paul’s well known benediction in 2 Corinthians 13:14 includes the Holy Spirit also as the object of our worship – “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”

Admittedly, we have fewer records in the Scriptures concerning the worship of the Holy Spirit. This is not surprising because in God’s design of our salvation, the Spirit is the One who awakens us to worship the Father and the Son. Jesus said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:13-14). Let us not forget that the One who awakens us from our spiritual deadness to true worship is God.

When we call on the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit, we call on each one as the representative of the Trinity. When we say, “Our Father, which art in heaven”, we are not becoming anti-Trinitarian. He is the Father in the Trinitarian relationship within the Godhead, representing the Son and the Holy Spirit. When we call on any one of the Divine Three, by implication, we pray to all Three.

If we were to render appropriate and acceptable worship to God, our worship must be directed to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 21, Paragraph 2, states: “Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”

 

 

 

Emails Received

 

Dear Pastor Koshy:

I’d like to use the Apostle Paul’s oft-repeated greetings in his epistles: “Grace to you and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I would like to inform you that on 01-17-2012, I received one M-bag of Christian literature from your ministry. It contains 2 complete sets (back issues) of the Bible Witness magazine, 1 hardback book and 4 paperback books. Thank you so much for these valuable Bible study materials! I know that it will help us greatly in teaching and preaching the Word of God in our local church, particularly the book on systematic theology and the different articles in your magazine. Rest assured that these materials would be used for the glory of God, the edification of saints and the salvation of His elect in our area of ministry. Kindly extend my gratitude to the people who help you in the producing and printing of these kinds of materials (Hebrews 6:10; Acts 20:35).

I’m very grateful that you’ve included my name in your mailing list to regularly receive the Bible Witness magazine. I’ve also read in Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church’s website that you posted my last e-mail in the Pastoral Exhortation (Dec. 4, 2011). I commend you and the BWMM in your uncompromising stand in defending the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God underlying the King James Version of the Bible.

I hope and pray that we will be able to steadfastly testify the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24), according to the revelation of the mystery (Romans 16:25)… until His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). Why? Because it is our blessed hope (Titus 2:13), our comforting hope (1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11) and our purifying hope (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 John 3:3) - before we stand at the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10; cf. to Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Like the Apostle Paul, let us finish the race that is set before us (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Pastor Koshy, please extend my warm regards to your immediate family and to all the staff of BWMM. May God richly bless all your efforts in the dispensation of grace (Ephesians 3:1-11). Once again, thank you very much and just keep on doing the good work (2 Thess. 3:13)!

Your brother and fellow servant in Christ,

Edgar V. Villaflores
The Philippines

 

 

Hello Dr Koshy,

Thanks for sending me the article "Did Jesus and the Apostles Rely on 'The Corrupt Septuagint'?" I enjoyed reading it and got some good information.

Would like to receive other writings by you, such as: Double Commemorative Special, KJV (Vol 11, March-June 2011); The 16th-Century Protestant Reformation, Vol 10 (Sept-Oct 2010); Even So, Come, Lord Jesus, Vol 9 (Sept-Oct 2009); The Ten Commandments, Vol 8, Issues 3 & 4; Preach the Word, Vol 7, Iss 2; The Glory of Christ, Vol 7, Iss 1; Protestant Reformation, Vol 6 (Sept-Oct 2006); Preservation of God's Word, Vol 5 (Mar-Apr 2005); Signs of the End Times, Vol 4 (Nov-Dec 2004).

Most of the churches here in Albania are led by false pastors who know nothing of the Bible, but promote the teachings of Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Rick Warren, etc.

Hope to receive your above writing materials.

Genti