THE HOLY BIBLE AND TRUE WORSHIP
1.9 TO SPEAK ILL OF THE HOLY BIBLE IS SIN
The devils and evil spirits tremble when they see the Holy Bible, which contains GOD's words of life. Further, the devils and evil spirits tremble when the holy name of JESUS CHRIST is uttered and when the words, 'victory by the holy blood of JESUS' are uttered. The LORD JESUS CHRIST is the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD who came from heaven, to redeem and save men from sins and to take them to heaven. HE is the GOD who is now pleading for mankind in heaven. It is a terrible sin to speak ill of or to mock at or to blaspheme against JESUS CHRIST, the exceedingly holy GOD and HIS immensely holy book, the Holy Bible. These sins are liable to terrible judgment and hell.
Another name of the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the GOD of Word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD.”
St. John 1:1
If anyone speaks ill of or mocks at or blasphemes against or criticizes the Book of GOD, the Holy Bible, he is actually speaking ill of or mocking at or blaspheming against or reproaching GOD HIMSELF. No one should forget the fact that these are terrible sins against the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. These are sins liable to terrible judgment and hell.
1.10 DOCTRINAL TRUTHS
In the Holy Bible, the doctrinal truths about the Holy Trinity GOD: the unity of GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, and GOD the Holy Spirit in One GODHEAD are written; the doctrinal truths about the Holy Triune GOD: One GOD in three persons, GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, GOD the Holy Spirit in One GODHEAD are written; the doctrinal truths about the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST are written; the doctrinal truths about man, sin, salvation, angels, devils (demons) are written; the doctrinal truths about the church of our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST are written; the doctrinal truths about last days (the Coming of CHRIST, the Millennium rule of CHRIST, the wrath of GOD, judgment, heaven, hell, etc.,) are written; and the doctrinal truths about the word of GOD, the Holy Bible itself are written.
The Holy Bible, the law of GOD is the truth. The Holy Bible is perfect. The Holy Bible, the testimony of GOD is sure (trustworthy). The Holy Bible, the statutes of GOD is right and rejoicing. The Holy Bible, the commandment of GOD is pure. The Holy Bible gives us great delight and great peace. The Holy Bible is a glorious light to our path and a glorious lamp to our feet. The Holy Bible, the word of GOD is the divine food to us.
“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.”
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
“Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
“...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GOD.”
St. Matthew 4:4
From the Holy Bible, we can obtain devotional teachings, divine inspirations, corrective instructions and provision, protection and peace of GOD.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime (beforehand) were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
The word of GOD is the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is the word of GOD. The word of GOD is living. GOD's word is not old or out-of-date. It is very powerful and very active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart, the inner secrets of man's mind. Nothing in all creation is hidden from GOD's sight. Everything is naked and everything is laid bare before the eyes of GOD to whom we must give account.
“For the word of GOD is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in HIS sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of HIM with whom we have to do.”
GOD reveals HIMSELF to men by HIS word. HIS word will not return to HIM in vain. HIS word will accomplish HIS divine purpose.
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall MY word be that goeth forth out of MY mouth: it shall not return unto ME void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
The great theme of the Holy Bible is the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST and HIS great work of redemption for mankind.
“But these are written, that ye might believe that JESUS is the CHRIST, the SonofGOD; and that believing ye might have life through HIS name.”
St. John 20:31
The great purpose of the Holy Bible, the word of GOD is to reveal the living word of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. See St. John 1:1-18.
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given us the Holy Bible in order that we might know the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and that we might do HIS will in this life on earth.
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law (the Holy Bible, the Holy Scriptures).”
As the psalmist entreats, everyone should recognize the great need for illumination and inspiration by the Holy Spirit in understanding the Holy Bible, the holy scriptures and everyone should pray for his/her eyes to be opened.
“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save (except) the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of GOD knoweth no man, but the Spirit of GOD. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of GOD; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of GOD. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
I Corinthians 2:11-13
GOD has magnified HIS Word above all HIS name (Psalm 138:2). GOD's Word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). Everyone should seek and search GOD's Word as one seeks and searches for silver and hidden treasures (Proverbs 2:4). No doubt, obedience to GOD's Word brings immense blessings (Genesis 22:17-18).
Except the HOLY BIBLE, no other book will stand the test of time. Only the HOLY BIBLE, the word of GOD will stand for ever (Isaiah 40:8). Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The Holy Bible is the most significant Book ever. The Holy Bible is a message of a loving GOD. The Holy Bible is a message for a sinning people. Where there is a sinning person, a loving GOD provides a redeeming Saviour. HE is found in every book of the Holy Bible. HIS message is seen throughout the Holy Bible.
“For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life. For GOD sent not HIS SON into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through HIM might be saved.”
St. John 3:16-17
Further, the Holy Bible is a message of a heavenly home, the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of GOD to HIS people. It is an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away.
“Blessed be the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, which according to HIS abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”
I Peter 1:3-4
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of GOD is with men, and HE will dwell with them, and they shall be HIS people, and GOD HIMSELF shall be with them, and be their GOD.”
The Holy Bible, the holy scriptures do not reveal everything. The Holy Bible, the holy scriptures do reveal all we need to know. The secret things belong to the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. But the things, which are revealed belong to us.
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our GOD: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
The Holy Bible, the holy Word of GOD clearly warns the people of the whole world,
“Time no longer (There will be no more delay!).”
The Holy Bible is telling the truth. This alone is the holy and truthful Book. This is the Book of GOD. The Holy Bible explains many historical events. The life of CHRIST divides the history of the whole world into two as Before CHRIST (B.C.) and Anno Domini (A.D.). Anno Domini means in the year of our LORD.
The Holy Bible is a unique Book. It is a most unusual Book. It is different from any other book. It is the only Book for any man who is dying; it is the only one Book for any man who is living.
The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is the author of the Holy Bible. It has the most marvellous continuity and an undetachable unity which any book that has ever been written does not contain or possess within its structure and content. And it is without error. It is infallible. It is a GOD-Book. In it, GOD says 2500 times "GOD said … the LORD has said … thus saith the LORD." It has been made indisputably clear that GOD is speaking through this Book. It is a Book that communicates life to you. It is GOD's communication to man.
An atmosphere of godliness and holiness pervades the whole Book. Divinity permeates all through.
The divine element is discernible in the
(i) prophecies of the Old and New Testaments
(ii) laws and worship of the Holy Bible
(iii) historic events of the Holy Bible
The Holy Bible tells us how the world can be regenerated and how everyone can escape the wrath of GOD.
We need forgiveness : Where can we find language better than the LORD's Prayer (St. Matthew 6:9-13) and Psalm 51?
We need blessings : What can we do better than ponder the words of the sermon on the Mount (St. Matthew 5:1-12)?
We need protection : Where can we find a better promise than "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy GOD is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:9)?
We need courage : What words are better than "The LORD is my shepherd" (Psalm 23)?
We need comfort : Where can we find it better than in the life of our LORD AND
SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST who bore our griefs?
We need peace : LORD JESUS is the Prince of Peace; HE is the only one to give us peace, power, protection and provision.
Each and everyone should read and believe the Holy Bible and live according to the Holy Bible to escape the terrible wrath of GOD and HIS terrible judgment and hell. Each and everyone should live according to the Holy Bible to enter into heaven, the kingdom of GOD.
1.11 GOD SPEAKS TO US
The words of the Holy Bible are not only words consisting of letters but spirit. The words of the Holy Bible are not only words consisting of letters but life. Our LORD JESUS said,
“...The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
St. John 6:63
The very nature of the Holy Bible is Spirit. So, it must be read with the Spirit-the Spirit of GOD. The Holy Bible contains the things of GOD. No one knows the things of GOD except the Spirit of GOD (the Holy Spirit of GOD).
“...The things of GOD knoweth no man, but the Spirit of GOD.”
I Corinthians 2:11
The Holy Bible is not understood by talent, research, or intelligence. The very root, and the very nature of the Holy Bible is spiritual. Only spiritual people can understand the Holy Bible. Only consecrated ones can understand the Holy Bible.
No one can find out GOD by research or wisdom or intelligence. In the same way, no one can understand the Holy Bible by research or knowledge. In order to understand the Holy Bible, we must be spiritual, and we must walk in the Spirit and live in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). From the holy word of GOD, the Holy Bible, we come to know that the spiritual things can only be discerned by spiritual men (I Corinthians 2:14). So, spiritual men or GOD's ministers are very essential to reveal the holy word of GOD, the Holy Bible. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Since our LORD's words are Spirit, we have to read them in Spirit (St. Luke 4:16-20); we have to meditate on them in Spirit (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8); we have to memorize them in Spirit (Acts 20:35; Colossians 3:16); we have to search them in Spirit (St. John 5:39; Acts 17:11); and we have to compare them in Spirit (I Corinthians 2:13). Spiritual things must be compared with spiritual things. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
I Corinthians 2:13
When we read the Holy Bible, the holy word of GOD, our hearts must be opened to GOD and our hearts must be single before GOD with obedience and submission. We must read the Holy Bible objectively, accurately, and non-inquisitively. In the Holy Bible, every incident has its characteristics. Without understanding these characteristics, no one can understand GOD's word.
Everyone should set aside a certain amount of time everyday to study the Holy Bible-the most holy book of the most holy GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. When we pray to GOD, we speak with the most holy GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. When we read or study the Holy Bible, the most holy GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST speaks with us. What a blissful thing it is! What a blessed thing it is!
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
Those who read the Holy Bible are the blessed. Those who hear the words of the Holy Bible are the blessed. Those who keep the facts of the Holy Bible are the blessed, the immensely blessed.
“...Blessed are they that hear the word of GOD, and keep it.”
St. Luke 11:28
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of GOD.”
“Let the word of CHRIST dwell in you richly in all wisdom; ...”
GOD's word is the pure spiritual food. GOD's word is the sincere spiritual food for our spiritual growth.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
I Peter 2:2
Our GOD is a faithful GOD, and we can feed on HIS faithfulness. Hence, GOD's faithfulness is our spiritual food.
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”
If we do not eat our spiritual food, we will become hungry, weary, and weak. If we do eat it, we will become strong, to overcome all trials behind us. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The Holy Bible contains all topics, including: the beginning to the end, and the first to the last. Also, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is the beginning and the end; HE is the first and the last. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
The Holy Bible, the Holy Word of GOD is eternal (St. Matthew 24:35), powerful (Hebrews 4:12), light (Psalm 119:105), life (St. John 6:63) and hope (Romans 15:13). The Word of GOD gives eternal life to the lifeless (St. John 5:24), eternal power to the powerless (Romans 1:16), eternal help to the helpless (Psalm 119:147), eternal hope to the hopeless (Romans 15:13), eternal purpose or plan to the perplexed (St. John 6:68) and eternal light to those who are in sinful darkness (St. Matthew 4:16).
The Word of GOD is JESUS CHRIST, the GOD HIMSELF (Revelation 19:13). In HIS first coming, HE revealed the holiness, righteousness, love and grace of GOD. But in HIS second coming, HE will reveal the justice and judgment of GOD. The greatest theme of all Bible prophecy is the Second Coming of CHRIST. The theme of mankind's first prophecy (Jude 14-15) is the second coming of CHRIST and the last message of the Holy Bible (Revelation 22:20) is the second coming of CHRIST. So, everyone should live soberly, holily, righteously and godly, in anticipation of the second coming of CHRIST.
2. USELESS WORSHIP AND TRUE WORSHIP
The act of showing great reverence, honour, respect, humility, etc., to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST by offering prayers, praises and thanksgivings, singing songs, reading the Holy Bible, attending holy services and making confession of sins before GOD, is called the true worship of GOD. Other worships are useless worships.
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”
Worshipping GOD in the Spirit is the true worship. Other worships are useless worships. Those who worship GOD in the Spirit are the true worshippers. They are the real Christians; they are the true Christians. They rejoice in CHRIST JESUS. They have no confidence in the flesh, the earthly things. They are the circumcised.
“For we are the circumcision (the circumcised), which worship GOD in the Spirit, and rejoice in CHRIST JESUS, and have no confidence in the flesh.”
Worshipping of angels, paying homage to angelic beings is a useless worship. Worshipping of saints is a useless worship. Worshipping of the sacred things of the saints is a useless worship. The act of making the sign of the cross (signation) is a useless worship. The act of making the sign of the cross to protect oneself against evil is a useless worship. Devil worship is a useless worship. Ancestor worship is a useless worship. Worshipping of human beings is a useless worship. These useless worships will certainly disqualify you for the prize, the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven.
“Let no man beguile (defraud) you of your reward in a voluntary humility (by delighting in false humility) and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”
The heretics are falsely saying that they have witnessed numerous revelations and visions by their unspiritual and fleshly mind.
Angels are only servants of GOD. John, the apostle made the mistake of worshipping the angel of GOD rather than GOD HIMSELF.
“…I (John) fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship GOD.”
Only GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is to be worshipped (Acts 10:25-26).
“Thou shalt have none other gods before ME (besides ME).”
Self-willed worship with false humility is a useless worship (Colossians 2:23). Worshipping GOD according to one's own will and pleasure is a useless worship. Worshipping GOD according to GOD's will is true worship.
Now, our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST has given HIS Sabbath Day worship, the day of rest and worship and all other worships of HIM to be a sign between us and HIM.
“Moreover also I gave them MY sabbaths, to be a sign between ME and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.”
Now let us once again meditate on the exceedingly glorious things pertaining to the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. GOD is both visible and invisible. GOD is with form and without form. GOD has immensely glorious heavenly body. GOD is also the Holy Spirit. The heaven is HIS throne and the earth is HIS footstool. The LORD GOD esteems the one who is humble and contrite in spirit and the one who trembles at HIS word.
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is MY throne, and the earth is MY footstool: where is the house that ye build unto ME? and where is the place of MY rest? For all those things hath MINE hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at MY word.”
‘Have been’ means ‘exist’. ‘Contrite’ means ‘filled with deep regret for having done wrong’.
2.1 GOD CANNOT BE CONTAINED
The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST upholds all things by HIS powerful word. HE regulates the whole universe by the mighty power of HIS command. HE is the most high GOD.
“Who being the brightness of HIS glory, and the express image of HIS person, and upholding all things by the word of HIS power, when HE had by HIMSELF purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Will GOD really live upon the earth with men? Yes, GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST will really live upon the earth with men. HE came into the world with the name Emmanuel, meaning 'GOD with us'. HE came to dwell among HIS own people.
“...And they shall call HIS name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD with us.”
St. Matthew 1:23
Heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain HIM. There is no GOD like HIM in all of heaven and earth.
“But will GOD in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!”
II Chronicles 6:18
2.2 WHOM TO WORSHIP ?
Worship: Only GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is to be worshipped (Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9; Acts 10:25-26). Everyone should worship and serve the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST only.
“I am the LORD thy GOD, ...”
“...Thou shalt worship the LORD thy GOD, and HIM only shalt thou serve.”
St. Matthew 4:10
“...The LORD our GOD is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
“For thou art great, and doest wondrous things; thou art GOD alone.”
The name that is above all other names is "JESUS". JESUS is the most exalted ONE. JESUS' name is the most exalted name. Hence, everyone should acknowledge HIM to be LORD, that is, GOD; every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth should bow at the name of JESUS; every being in the universe should submit to HIM and confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD; everyone should confess his/her sins to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST for forgiveness of sins, salvation from sins, etc. The glorification of JESUS is to the glory of GOD, the FATHER, for HIS honour. This clearly reveals that the LORD JESUS CHRIST is GOD, the FATHER; the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. Thus, everyone should worship and serve the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST only. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“Wherefore GOD also hath highly exalted HIM, and given HIM a name which is above every name: That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of GOD the FATHER.”
‘Things’ means ‘those’.
2.3 NO IDOLS
No one should make gods for himself, which are not gods.
“Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?”
Everyone should consider the impotence of false gods and the emptiness of false religion; and everyone should worship the all-powerful and the all-knowing GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.”
No one can be likened to our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. No one can be considered equal to our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE alone knows the future with complete accuracy. HE alone knows all with complete accuracy.
“To whom will ye liken ME, and make ME equal, and compare ME, that we may be like? Remember the former things of old: for I am GOD, and there is none else; I am GOD, and there is none like ME.”
Isaiah 46:5, 9
The oneness of GOD is clearly revealed in the following verse:
“…I am the First, and I am the Last; and beside ME there is no GOD.”
The graven image (carved idol) or any other idol is vanity (nothing). They see not; they know not; and they understand not. These inanimate idols are profitable for nothing. Those who worship the idols themselves are their own witnesses for this.
“Who hath formed a god, or molten (molded) a graven image that is profitable for nothing?” Isaiah 44:10
When the LORD GOD spoke unto HIS people in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: they heard the voice of the words, but they did not see the form of GOD, they saw no similitude (likeness of anything); they heard only a voice. So any manner of similitude or likeness of anything should not be made to worship or to serve GOD. Again, no one should worship the sun or the moon or any other heavenly bodies created by the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD.
“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt your-selves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy GOD hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.”
‘Corrupt’ means ‘act corruptly’. ‘Similitude’ means ‘form’.
“Thou shalt have none other gods before (besides) ME. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy GOD am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate ME, And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love ME and keep MY commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy GOD in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh HIS name in vain.”
‘Bow down’ means ‘worship’. ‘Visiting’ means ‘punishing’. ‘Guiltless’ means ‘innocent’.
No one should make use of the name of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in vain. HE will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses HIS most holy name.
2.4 USELESS WORSHIP
Therefore, no man should make an idol or a form or a figure or a picture or a photo for such a great GOD. It is a terrible sin against the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD to make a form, an idol or a statue, etc., and worship them. It is a useless worship, if a man worships anything or anyone, other than JESUS CHRIST, the ONE GOD, and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. If a man worships anyone, other than JESUS CHRIST, it is an act liable for terrible judgment and hell.
Idolatry is a useless worship. So, everyone should make it his/her habit to flee from idolatry. The Holy Bible says:
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”
I Corinthians 10:14
Now, covetousness is also idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Setting one's desire more on anything else or anybody else than on our LORD JESUS CHRIST is called covetousness. So, everyone should set his complete desire on our LORD JESUS CHRIST and flee from idolatry.
“…And covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Honouring GOD with their mouth and lips but not with their heart is a useless worship. Their fear or reverence toward GOD is taught by the precept of men. Their worship of GOD is made up only of commandments (rules) taught by men. So, they worship GOD in vain.
“This people draweth nigh unto ME with their mouth, and honoureth ME with their lips; but their heart is far from ME. But in vain they do worship ME, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
St. Matthew 15:8-9
This sort of worshippers are the hypocrites (St. Matthew 15:7). This sort of worship is a useless worship.
“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. …”
St. Matthew 6:5
2.5 GOD, SELF-EXISTENT CREATOR
God is immensely holy and immensely divine. The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is a self-existent being. The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is eternal in relationship to time.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the LORD, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
“...And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD GOD Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
The LORD GOD is unlimited in relationship to the immensity of space. GOD is immutable in HIS nature. GOD is consistent in HIS being.
“For I am the LORD, I change not; ...”
The LORD GOD is immaculate in all HIS performances.
“...For the LORD our GOD is righteous in all HIS works which HE doeth: ...”
The LORD GOD calls things that are not as though they were.
“...And calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
The LORD GOD created the heaven and the earth from nothing. The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST brought the universe into existence by HIS instantaneous and miraculous act.
“In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth.”
The LORD GOD's creation, except the creation of mankind, was fulfilled by HIS most powerful word.
“And GOD said, Let there be light: and there was light. And GOD said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And GOD said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And GOD made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: HE made the stars also. And GOD said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And GOD created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and GOD saw that it was good. And GOD said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And GOD made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and GOD saw that it was good.”
Genesis 1:3, 11, 14-16, 20-21, 24-25
“And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST's creation completely disproves atheism (the belief that GOD does not exist), pantheism (the belief that GOD can be identified with all the forces of nature and with all natural things), polytheism (the belief in or worship of two gods or many gods) and evolution (the gradual development of the characteristics of animals and plants over many generations).
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD is a very great GOD. HE is the sole Creator of all things.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of GOD, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
2.6 TRUE WORSHIPPERS
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the FATHER in spirit and in truth: for the FATHER seeketh such to worship HIM. GOD is a Spirit (GOD is Spirit): and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth.”
St. John 4:23-24
How should we worship? Is our worship spiritual and real? Do we have the Holy Spirit's guidance and help? Only those who are saved by the LORD JESUS CHRIST and those who are anointed by the Holy Spirit of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST would be able to worship GOD in Spirit and in truth. Those who are worshipping GOD in Spirit and in truth are the true worshippers of GOD. They are the true spiritual worshippers of GOD. Their worship is the true worship. Their worship is the true spiritual worship. The ONE GOD and the ONLY GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST seeks only such spiritual worshippers. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
2.7 WITH WHOM TO WORSHIP ?
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the LORD out of a pure heart.”
II Timothy 2:22
“Truly GOD is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.”
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is good to those who are pure in heart. So, we should worship GOD out of a pure heart and we should worship GOD along with those who call on or worship the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST out of a pure heart.
To worship GOD out of a pure heart, we must flee youthful lusts, the evil desires; and we should pursue righteousness, the divine character of GOD, faith, the belief in GOD's word, charity, the divine love of GOD, and peace, the peace of GOD. The peace of GOD gives peacefulness of mind, freeing HIS people from fear, and anxieties and worries. The peace of GOD will guard our hearts and our minds in CHRIST JESUS. Then we can worship GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST out of a pure heart along with those who worship GOD out of a pure heart. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“And the peace of GOD, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS.”
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the LORD.”
We should worship GOD along with the righteous and the holy. The righteous and the holy are the saved; they are the regenerated; they are the born-again people; they are the spiritual people; they are the true Christians. Their life consists in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24). They live in the image of CHRIST (Romans 8:29). They are the pure in heart. They will see GOD, the lord JESUS CHRIST and enter into heaven, the kingdom of GOD.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see GOD.”
2.8 HOW TO WORSHIP ?
We must bow down and kneel before GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST with great reverence, humility and godliness and worship HIM. We must bow our heads and worship the LORD with our faces to the ground.
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”
“…And they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.” Nehemiah 8:6
We must worship GOD with a true confession of sin and with a true commitment to keep GOD's commandments and with weeping and with fasting, etc.
“…They confessed, and worshipped the LORD their GOD.” Nehemiah 9:3
“…The children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.” Nehemiah 9:1
“Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of GOD, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.” Ezra 10:1
We must worship or serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11
We must worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before HIM, all the earth.”
We must worship GOD by singing loudly with a joyful shout.
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalm 98:4
Only holy men (not holy women) are commanded to worship GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST by lifting up their holy hands. No woman should lift up her hands and worship GOD. Women are not allowed to lift up their hands and worship GOD.
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (disputes).” I Timothy 2:8
If women lift up their hands and worship GOD, then it is not done decently and in order and it is not done for edification. But the Holy Bible, the Holy Scripture says:
“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
I Corinthians 14:40
“...Let all things be done unto edifying.” I Corinthians 14:26
If we worship GOD by heaping our hands and kneeling down before HIM, then it is done decently and in order, and it is done for edification (Acts 21:5).
If we worship GOD by dancing and singing with men or ladies, then it is not done decently and in order, and it is not done for edification. If we worship GOD by dancing and singing with men or ladies, then it will be an entertainment but not a worship. Entertainments are sins. Entertainers are sinners. GOD has created us not to indulge in entertainments or to become involved in whatever our deceitful heart desires, but to live as HIS godly children (Malachi 2:15), always abiding by HIS heavenly will (St. Matthew 7:21).
Now, dead flies putrefy the precious ointment of the perfumer (Ecclesiastes 10:1). Similarly our sins of dead flies putrefy the priceless (invaluable) ointment of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD, the anointing oil (Psalm 23:5) or the fresh oil (Psalm 92:10). This oil makes our faces shine (Psalm 104:15) and gives us strength and power (Acts 1:8) to lead a good spiritual life. Our sins of dead flies putrefy our whole spiritual life. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life (I John 2:16), seeing unwanted and ugly TV/computer/Internet programmes, carousings, orgies, debaucheries, lies, thieveries, idolatry, adultery, witchcraft, wizardry, covetousness, murders, sexual immorality, entertainments, etc., putrefy our spiritual life. These sins of dead flies are sins that lead to death (I John 5:16), the second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur (Revelation 21:8)
Nowadays cell phones and the media also putrefy and kill many innocent lives. From morning till night and from night till morning, many people waste their precious time in front of the TV/Computer/Internet/Website/cell phones and they become the evil worshippers of these evil devices. These have become their idols. The evil deeds seen through these evil devices ensnare and entrap the wicked sinners and they are caught in the cords of their sins and they die in their sins and finally, they will be condemned for ever in hell (Proverbs 5:22-23). Our ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST does not want anyone to perish in hell. HE desires the repentance and salvation of all (Ezekiel 33:11). So, no one should worship these evil devices by seeing/hearing evil and ugly and unwanted things. No one should be the worshippers of these evil devices.