I overhear people talking about religion all the time and they make statements about Judaism and Islam saying – “They worship a different God”. I am here to tell you that statement is not true – there is only one God. The Bible backs me up on this.
1 Corinthians 8:4, 6 – There is no God but one. There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
If we were to understand these scriptures correctly, they are not worshiping a different God, but worshiping the one true God differently.
What this verse is teaching us is that we are brought to the knowledge of the true God by the revelation of Jesus Christ; for it is the only begotten Son alone that can reveal the Father.
Ephesians 4:5 tells us that there is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism. It is clear to this writer that there is but one God with whom the world is trying to communicate and bond.
So how do we know if we are reaching God with our worship? I hear people declaring all the time, “I worship the one true God”. That’s good for there is only one true God and anyone that says anything else is wrong according to God’s word. But does God receive their worship? Herein lays the key.
The Bible tells us in John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
So now we have a set of God-given directions to follow for our access to Him and for Him to receive our worship. We must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
So what is the truth? Jesus is the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father unless the spirit draws them. So God draws us: he shows us His wants – He shows the Savior whom He has provided for us: we in turn realize we are sinners. We desire to escape hell and judgment and get to heaven. We come unto Christ, that we may be justified by His blood. So, unless God draws us, we will never come to Christ; we can’t because without the drawing of the spirit we would never realize the need of a Savior.
John 6:44 Yeshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Way and The Truth and The Life; no man comes to my Father but by me alone.” – Aramaic Translation
So it says here, that no one comes to the Father but by me. The Father – We’re talking about the Father of Abraham, of course.
One thing that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share is that God is the Father of Abraham. We read here that there is no access to the Father of Abraham, but through Jesus Christ—and Him alone. This is the key to true worship.
So by reading this I am left to understand that you can worship God and have Him not receive it—unless the access is through Jesus Christ. Let’s dive a little further into scripture.
Proverbs 15:29 tells us that God hears the prayers of the righteous. I hear many of you saying, “that’s the key. You must be righteous for God to hear your prayers. That must be the key to worshiping God.” But we read further in the Scriptures and find that Romans 3:10 tells us that there is none righteous, no not one. So if none of us are righteous, and God hears only the prayers of the righteous, what are we to do? Romans 3:22 informs us that we are only made righteous with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for anyone who believes, no matter who we are. Believes in what? Believes that Jesus is the Son of God and died for our sins that we might have access to God in His name, by His blood, and according to His grace.
Just to set the record straight, I am in no way talking about Unitarianism, or Universalism, or anything of the sort. That’s all whack. What I’m saying here is, there is but one God. There is but one Father of Abraham. And there are billions of people on earth trying to worship him. They are trying to find access to Him. They are trying to find a way to communicate with Him, and for Him to be in communication with them in return. The truth is, in this humble writer’s opinion, that access is found only in Jesus Christ. Judaism worships the Father of Abraham. Islam worships the Father of Abraham. Christianity worships the Father of Abraham. What is the difference? Do we all worship a different God? The answer is no. A resounding NO, for there is but one God. There is but one Creator. And alas, there is but one Lord. One Savior, Jesus Christ. The only way to access worship, communicate, and have fellowship with the Father of Abraham is through Him. God being God became man, died that we night have this access. It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.
All religions claim to have a piece of God, an understanding of God, access to God, but it is only in Christ that God claims to have a piece of me, for I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
My God died for me that I might know Him. That was His heart’s desire, so that should be our desire.
Philippians 3:10 That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection.
It is the power of that resurrection that allows us to have access to God and for Him to receive our worship. All faiths desire to know God—personally. They want to be acquainted with His nature, His character, His warmth, His love, His companionship, and His acceptance. It is the salvation which Christ Jesus has provided that has worked it all out. In all faiths, it is the highest objective and wish of the human mind to know God, to worship God, and for Him to receive the same. This can only be accomplished through Christ Jesus. He has provided access proving that there is but one God, one faith, one baptism, and Jesus Christ is at the center of it all.
There is but one Father of Abraham and but one God. The scriptures clearly tell us this. The enemy will use whatever means to deceive mankind from knowing the truth and keeping a void between man and God. Only Jesus can bridge that gap. Satan sets forth to deceive the heart of man so that they believe they are serving God. This is the greatest of all deception. Thank God for Jesus who bridges the gap and opens the eyes of the blinded that they may see that He is the truth.
The church pews in the Christian church are filled with men and woman who are disobedient and do not have a personal relationship with Christ. They too like many in others faiths around the world are lost and in need of grace. We must always be reminded that Jesus died to save everyone and we are to be the ones to carry that message to a lost and dying world. Jesus said that we would be persecuted and that many would lose their lives in spreading the “good news”. We are the bearers of the peace not of this world, and no matter how bad, violent or combative other faiths may be regarding us we should always be reminded that Jesus died so that they too might be saved.
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- Justified by Faith (loopyloo305.com)