Jesus Christ is God. In John 1:1 the Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (ESV). The word “God” refers to someone who has supernatural power. Therefore, God is supposed to be worshipped as one who has supernatural power. Supernatural power is superior to all powers known or unknown to man. This supernatural power has brought about all what exists today.
In John 1: 14 the Bible says, ”And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (ESV). This Scripture is telling us that Jesus Christ became a human being and that he manifested abilities that were far beyond human ability also which revealed the truth. Jesus manifested that kind of glory and he was full of favor and truth.
The Bible tells us that in his days on earth, people who believed in his name were given the power to become children of God. This is still a fact today because anyone who receives Jesus in his heart becomes a child of God. Now, when someone becomes a child of God, such a one receives the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God makes anyone who has received Christ to manifest the same favor and glory.
After Christ ascended to the Father, the believers exemplified the life of Christ. In Antioch people watched the lives of believers and thought that they were just like Christ. Acts 11:26 in reference to the believers the Bible says, “For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians” (ESV). The term Christian refers to people who are like Christ. Now, these were Christians meaning “like Christ” and that was not made possible by external abilities. They were Christians because the Spirit of God had changed their lives from the inside out.
This is different from what happened to Lucifer in heaven when he thought in himself that he would be like God. A Christian instead becomes a vessel by the same Spirit of God. This means a believer becomes one with God by the same Spirit, but Lucifer, now Satan as exemplified in the story of the King of Babylon wanted to copy God. In Isaiah 14:14 Satan says, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (ESV). This Scripture refers to Satan’s desire to be worshipped. Even after he was cast out from heaven, he still craved to be worshipped. This is how Sin was conceived in his heart.
On earth Satan still desired to be worshipped that is why on that high mountain during temptation he said that he was going to give the kingdoms of the earth to Jesus in exchange for worship. In Luke 4:5-7 the Bible says, “And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours” (ESV). Jesus responded to this temptation in a powerful way. He reminded Satan that it has been established that the only one to be worshipped is God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel) is the only one who is supposed to be worshipped as the one who has supernatural power.
In Luke 4:8 the Bible says, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve’” (ESV). Whatever levels of ability you may attain, do not let yourself to be worshipped by anyone. Worship is only reserved for God.