Why New Covenant Worship is Superior to Old Covenant Worship Conclusion

In conclusion of this study of how and why NC worship is superior to OC worship I will give some points of application that should be considered in light of right worship to our God.

Applications for Today’s Worship

In the person of Christ, God has reconciled His people to Himself. It is because of Him that we are able to rightly worship God. We are now able to worship God, as He desires to be worshiped, which is in “spirit and truth” (John 4:23). Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well who was asking Him about proper worship says, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). This means that our worship in the church is centered on Christ, the Son of God, by the power of the Spirit of God. The service of one to God for the sake of the gospel and our Lord Jesus Christ is not only initiated, but also maintained by the Spirit of God. Peterson rightly says, “worship by the Spirit is essentially trust in Christ crucified and the saving implications of his death.”28

worship-in-spirit-and-truthJesus as the incarnate Word of God (John 1:1, 14) has come to reveal the eternal gospel of God’s grace to us, which leads the elect to salvation (John 3:16; Heb. 1:1; Rom. 10:17, et.al.). So we worship God by knowing Christ, which is eternal life (John 17:3). We are told to grow in this knowledge: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet 3:18). As a result of knowing Christ, we turn from the idolatry of the world and our own hearts and turn to Christ in faith and service to God. We worship Him!

Hearing God’s Word proclaimed is crucial to right worship. The reading of Scripture is connected to hearing, studying, memorizing, and meditating on God’s Word; and in the context of corporate worship the reading of Scripture has a profound effect. Paul Lamey observes, “The beginning of theology, exposition, and worship is the sustained public reading of God’s Word in the Church.”29 Bryan Chapell says, “Thus reading the Word of God becomes the very core of worship, affording each hearer an opportunity for ongoing, personal encounter with the divine. In essence, Scripture is God’s voice incarnate for the church in all ages.”30 So it is rather simple to see that consumption of God’s Word enables us to understand Christ better, which consequently enables us to worship God better.

Conclusion

dever1Preaching, teaching, reading, and even singing of God’s Word are merely a means to an end. The end result should be worship to God, which is a matter of the heart of the individual. If our hearts are not changed toward God then genuine worship is not present. When discussing the important task of family worship, Pastor Tedd Tripp touches on this truth when he says,

The practice of family worship is a means, not an end. It is a means to the end of knowing God. The name of the game is not daily family worship per se; it is knowing God. The end is knowing God. A means to employ in reaching that end is family worship.31

Peterson reminds us, “In various ways the Bible makes it plain that worship is acceptable to God only if it is based on true knowledge of God and of his will. Worship outside of this framework is idolatrous.”32

As we draw near to God with confidence, we express our trust in Jesus and His saving work. We rely upon God daily, knowing that our sins have been forgiven, but nonetheless displaying humility in confession of sin, seeking mercy and grace for our past failures and seeking help from God for the ongoing life of glory to Him. 32d3f3bb22d7220a1e092135c6661a3dAs we worship God rightly, we show that we have truly grasped the gospel of God’s grace. The motivation for this worship comes as a result of the cleansing due to the finished work of Christ at Calvary (Heb. 9:14) and the future hope that is certain (Heb. 12:28). Gratitude to the Lord expresses that we not only understand, but also appreciate the grace of God. This is worship!

Grace and Peace!

J.D.N.

Footnotes 28-32 of 32 (for entire article)

28 Peterson, Engaging With God, 187.

29 Paul Lamey, “The Reading of Scripture,” The Expositors Blog, April 12, 2016, accessed April 12, 2016, http://www.expositors.org/blog/the-reading-of-scripture/.

30 Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Worship (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009), 220.

31 Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Second Edition (Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2005), 53.

32 Peterson, New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, 857.

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