Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:26 pm Post subject: David Peterson Worship: Adoration and Action
WORSHIP: REVERENCE, GRADITUDE, AND ACTION
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:28-29).
Acceptable worship is clearly related here to the reception of “an unshakable
kingdom.” Thanks to the work of Christ, Christians already participate by
faith in the eschatological kingdom of God, having already “drawn near” to the heavenly Jerusalem, where God is in the midst of his angels and the perfected
saints of all generations (12:22-24). At first glance it may appear from 12:28
that acceptable worship is simply defined in terms of expressing gratitude for
the great gift: “let us be grateful . . . and thus let us offer to God
acceptable worship.” However, since chapter 13 follows immediately, with its many exhortations to faithfulness and obedience, it is more likely that the writer is indicating that THE WORDS AND ACTIONS THAT FLOW FROM SUCH GRATITUDE are the worship that is pleasing to God. That is certainly the meaning of 13:15-16.
As in Romans 12:1, Christian worship is the service rendered by those who
have truly grasped the gospel of God’s grace and its implications. The motivation and power for such service in Hebrews is quite specifically the CLEANSING that derives from the finished work of Christ (9:14) and the HOPE which that work sets before us (12:2. Gratitude expressed in service is the sign that the grace of God has been apprehended and appreciated. However, the writer introduces a more serious note when he asserts that acceptable worship is characterized by “reverence and awe,” and supports his challenge with an allusion to the coming JUDGMENT of God (“for out God is a consuming fire”.
—David Peterson, in WORSHIP: ADORATION AND ACTION, edited by D. A. Carson, Chapter 3, “‘Worship in the New Testament.” (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1993), p. 74. ISBN 0-8010-2584-2. Other authors in this volume include D. A. Carson, Edmund Clowney, Roger Beckwith, Alistair Brown, and Miroslav Volf. Highly recommended.
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