Biblical Worship Is Trinitarian

Biblical worship is, without question, Trinitarian. Scripture throughout confirms that the believer is to worship all three Persons of the Holy Trinity as God.

First, believers are to worship God the Father. John 4:19-25 points out that God the Father is looking for worshipers who “. . . worship (Him) in spirit in truth.” Other passages include:

  • “In love he (God, the Father) predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, . . .” (Ephesians 1:4-6).

  • “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).

Second, believers are to worship God the Son, Jesus. Supporting verses include:

  • “When they saw him (Jesus), they worshiped him . . .” (Matthew 28:17).

  • “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him” (Matt 28:8-9).

  • “Jesus heard that they had thrown out a man formerly blind whom he had healed, and when he found him, he (Jesus) said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Who is he, sir?’ the man asked. ‘Tell me so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.’ Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe, and he worshiped him” (John 9:35-38).

Finally, believers are to worship God, the Holy Spirit, and through His Agency. In Ephesians 1:13-14, the Apostle Paul emphasizes that believers praise the glory of the Holy Spirit—which is to say, worship Him: “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his (God the Spirit’s) glory.”

Worship leaders should clearly note that New Testament Worship is initiated through the will of the Father, the work of the Son, and the agency of the Spirit. It is the Triune God who energizes the human (and human community of worshipers) to worship. He enables worship through the power of His Spirit, through the work of Christ. He receives that worship. He is glorified by that worship. He is the beginning, the means, the object, and the end of all true worship. As Paul writes, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Let it be!” (Romans 11:36-12:1).

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