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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8369 worthiness
8369 worthiness

8369 worthiness

Only God truly merits honour and praise but he graciously considers those who humbly serve him with wholehearted devotion to be worthy disciples.

God the Father is worthy of honour and praise

Ps 145:3 See also 2Sa 22:4 pp Ps 18:3; 1Ch 16:25 pp Ps 96:4; Ps 48:1; Rev 4:11

Jesus Christ is worthy of honour and praise

Rev 5:12 See also Mt 3:17 pp Mk 1:11 pp Lk 3:22; Mt 17:5 pp Mk 9:7 pp Lk 9:35; Php 2:9-11; Heb 2:9; Heb 3:3; 2Pe 1:17; Rev 5:9

People are considered worthy by others

Lk 7:4-5 Note that the centurion did not consider himself to be worthy (Lk 7:7). See also Ge 39:4; Ge 41:38-40; 1Sa 16:6; 1Ki 1:42; Da 1:18-20; Da 2:46-48; Da 3:28-30; Ac 14:11-13

God considers no person (other than Jesus Christ) to be worthy by nature

Rev 5:4 See also Ps 14:3; Ps 143:2; Ecc 7:20; Ro 3:10-12,23

Worthiness, like righteousness, is credited to a person by God

2Th 1:11 See also Lk 20:35; Ro 2:29; 2Co 10:18

Examples of people who are considered worthy by God

Those who put God first and deny themselves Mt 10:37-38 See also 1Sa 2:30; Lk 9:62; Ro 12:1-2

Those who suffer persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ Ac 5:41 See also Mt 5:10-12; 2Th 1:5; 1Pe 2:19-20

Those whose lives show Christlike godliness Col 1:10 See also 1Sa 16:7; Eph 4:1-2; 1Th 2:12; 1Ti 3:8-9,11; Tit 2:2; Rev 3:4

Those who stand firm for the gospel Php 1:27; 1Th 2:4; 2Ti 2:15

Those who are faithful in the use of resources which God has given them Mt 25:21-23 See also Mt 24:45-47 pp Lk 12:42-44; Lk 19:17; 1Ti 5:17

Those who welcome God’s people Mt 10:11 See also Mt 10:41-42; Ro 16:2; 3Jn 6

Examples of worthy people

Ge 6:8-9 Noah; Dt 1:36 Caleb; Dt 34:10 Moses; Job 1:8 Job Daniel: Da 9:23; Da 10:19
Lk 1:28 Mary; Jas 2:23 Abraham

See also

6603acceptance, divine

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