Ready to Worship Season 6, Episode 8 for Friday, October 20, 2017
In this season of Ready to Worship, we are examining the God is statements of the Bible. It is our hope that understanding God’s nature will help us to worship Him better. In this study, we are going to examine that God is one.
In this season of Ready to Worship, we are examining the God is statements of the Bible. It is our hope that understanding God’s nature will help us to worship Him better. In previous studies, we have noticed that God is love. We have noticed that God is light. We have noticed that God is jealous. We have noticed that God is a consuming fire and that God is faithful. In this study, we are going to examine that God is one.
Moses declared, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deut. 6:4). In the Hebrew, the declaration is even clearer. It reads, “The Lord our God is one.” Not only is there only one God, but the one God is united. There is perfect unity among the three persons of the Godhead. Perhaps, you recall how that on the sixth day of creation, God declared, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:26-27). We need to be reminded of the unity of God when we worship. How foolish it is to believe that we can be divided as brethren and worship a God who is united! This is an impossibility. Consider the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. We read, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Mt. 5:23-24). To worship a God who is one, we must be one with our brethren. We must strive to be one as God is one. Consider the prayer of Christ in the seventeenth chapter of John: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:20-21). We cannot be united as we should be with God in worship unless we are of the same mind and the same judgment with our brethren. Paul was addressing this very situation in the Philippian congregation. In the first chapter, he wrote, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27). In the fourth chapter, he addressed two women directly on this matter. We read, “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord” (Phil. 4:2). Like these two sisters at Philippi, we can’t worship and serve God acceptably until we are united with one another.
As we get ready to worship this week, we need to remember that God is one. Let’s make sure that we are one with our brethren so that we can be one with God.
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