“The true worshippers will worship the Father”—John 4:23
Jesus very clearly and unmistakably said that we should “worship the Father”. Trinitarians often claim “we should worship the Trinity” as their Athanasian Creed says. Most often they talk about worshipping Jesus, and sometimes they even claim to worship the Holy Spirit. But the Bible is crystal clear on this subject. This is not a gray area. There are no accurately translated scriptures that either direct us to, or have anyone worshipping Jesus, as you often hear. Jesus said in prayer that his “Father” is “the only true God” (John 17:1,3).
There are some verses that are often translated as though people actually “worshipped” Jesus. However, as mentioned above, accurate translations do not reflect that idea. Let’s look at these scriptures with accurate translations:
“On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage”—Matthew 2:11 NRSV
“And the men in the boat fell at his feet, exclaiming, ‘You must be the Son of God'”—-Matthew 14:33 REB
“Suddenly Jesus was there in their path, greeting them. They came up and clasped his feet, kneeling before him”—-Matthew 28:9 REB
“When they saw him they fell down before, though some hesitated”—-Matthew 28:17 NJB
“They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy”—Luke 24:52 NAB
“‘Lord, I believe,’ he said, and fell on his knees before him”—-John 9:38 REB
“Again, when he presents his firstborn to the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels pay him homage'”—Hebrews 1:6 REB
When we look at the historical accounts of the early church, Acts through Revelation, do we find any valid instances of anyone worshipping Jesus? No, we don’t! Here are some examples of what we do find:
“A worshipper of God”—Acts 16:14 NASB; 18:7 NASB
“Worshipped God”—Revelation 7:11 NASB; 11:16 NASB; 19:4 NASB
A survey of the entire New Testament finds evidence of God alone being worshipped, and no evidence of Jesus or the Holy Spirit being worshipped. May we be guided by Jesus’ words above therefore!