RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AND THE SABBATH
A. The light of nature shows that there is a God who has lordship and sovereignty over all; It is right, good and does good to all; and, therefore, to be feared, loved, praised, called, believed and served with all your soul, with all your heart and with all your strength: Jer. 10: 7; Mr. 12:33.
B. But the acceptable way of worshiping the true God was instituted by himself, and is in such a limited way by his own revealed will that you should not worship God according to the imaginations and devices of men , or the suggestions of Satan, or under any visible representation or in any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scriptures: Genesis. 4: 1-5; Ex . 20: 4-6; Matthew 15: 3, 8-9; 2 Kings 16: 10-18; Lv.10: 1-3; Dt . 17: 3; 4: 2; 12: 29-32; Jos. 1: 7; 23: 6-8; Mt. 15:13; Col. 2: 20-23; 2 Tim. 3: 15-17.
A. Religious worship is given to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and to him alone: Matthew 4: 9, 10;5:23 June.; 2 Cor 13:14.
B. No angels or saints, or any other creature: Ro. 1:25; Col. 2:18; Ap. 19:10.
C. And since the Fall, not without a mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but Christ alone: June 14: 6;. Eph. 2:18; Col. 3:17; 1 Tim. 2: 5.
A. Being prayer, thanksgiving, one part of natural worship, is by God required of all men: Psalm 95: 1-7;100: 1-5.
B. But for it to be accepted, it must be done in the name of the Son: Jun . 14:13, 14.
C. With the help of the Spirit. Ro. 8:26.
D: According to his will: June 1 5:14..
E. With understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love and perseverance. Psalm 47: 7; Ec 5: 1, 2,. I 12:28; Gn. 18:27; Stg. 5:16; 1: 6, 7; Mark 11:24; Matthew 6:12, 14, 15; Col. 4: 2; Eph. 6:18.
F. And when you pray with others, should be done in a known language: 1 Corinthians 14: 13-19, 27,28.
A. Prayer should be for things lawful, and for all kinds of living persons, or who will live later. June 1 5:14;1 Tim. 2: 1,2; Jun. 17.20.
B. But not for the dead or those who may know who committed the sin unto death: 2 Samuel 12: 21-23; Lk.16: 25,26; Rev 14:13.; 1 Jun. 5:16.
A. Reading the Scriptures: Acts. 15:21; 1 Tim. 4:13; Rev 1: 3 . .
B. The preaching and hearing of the Word of God: 2 Tim. 4: 2; Lk. 8:18.
C. Instruction and warning each other through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord, Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19.
D. As also bautismo4 administration and the Lord's Supper: 28:19, 20.
E. They are part of religious worship of God to be performed in obedience to Him, with understanding, faith, reverence and godly fear; moreover, solemn humiliation: 1 Cor 11:26.
F. With fasting, and thanksgiving on special occasions, are to be used in a holy and godly. Est 4:16; 2:12 Jl.;Mt. 9:15; Acts. 13: 2, 3; 1 Corinthians 7: 5, 7. Ex 15: 1-19;. Psalm 107.
A. Now, under the gospel, neither prayer nor any other part of religious worship are limited to a place, nor are more acceptable by any place in which they occur, or to the address that target: Jun . 4:21 .
B. But God is to be worshiped everywhere in spirit and in truth. Mal 1:11; 1 Tim. 2: 8; June 4. 23.24.
C. Whether each family in particular: Dt . 6: 6,7; Job 1: 5; 1 Peter 3: 7.
D. daily: Mt. 6:11.
E. As each secretly alone: Matthew 6: 6.
F. As a most solemn manner in public meetings: Psalm 84: 1, 2, 10; Mt. 18:20; 1 Cor 3:16; 14:25; Eph. 2:21, 22.
G. Which are not carelessly or willfully or negligently abandoned when God by His Word or providence calls us to them: Acts. 2:42; I 10:25.
A. As it is the law of nature that in general a proportion of time, by God 's design, is dedicated to the worship of God and His Word, by a positive, moral , and perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, particularly God has appointed a day in seven as the Sabbath, to be kept holy to him: Gen. 2. 3; Ex .20: 8-11; Mark 2:27, 28; Ap. 1:10.
B. Who from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ was the last day of the week and since the resurrection of Christ was changed into the first day of the week, which is called the Lord 's Day and should be continued to the end the world as the Christian Sabbath, being abolished the observance of the last day of the week: Jul . 20: 1; Acts. twenty-one; 20: 7; 1 Corinthians 16: 1; Rev. 1:10.; Col. 2:16, 17.
A. The Sabbath is kept holy to the Lord when men, after due preparation of his heart and having foreordained all their daily affairs, not only observe a holy rest all day in their own work, words and thoughts: Ex 20: 8-11;. Neh. 13: 15-22; Is 58:13, 14.; Ap. 1:10.
B. About their secular occupations and diversions, but also devote all the time to the public and private practice of worship of God, and the duties which are by necessity and mercy: Matthew 12: 1-13; Mark 2:27, 28.
HOW CAN WORSHIP FULFILL HIS GREAT PURPOSE THE ERA OF THE NEW TESTAMENT? WHAT IS WORSHIP (IN TRUE SPIRIT YEN)?
EXPLANATION AND SCRIPTURAL BASE
The term worship is sometimes applied to everything in the Christian life, and rightly says that everything in our life must be an act of worship, and that everything the church does should be considered worship, because everything we do should glorify God. However, in this chapter I do not use that word in this broad sense.
Rather use a more specific worship to refer to the music and words that Christians turn to God in praise, along with the tender attitudes that accompany such praise, especially when Christians gather meaning. As the chapters in this part of the book deal with the doctrine of the church, it is something appropriate to focus on this chapter in worship activities of the gathered church.
Worship is the activity glorify God with our voices and hearts in his presence.
In this definition we note that worship is an act of glorifying God. Although it is assumed that all aspects of our glory lives to God, this definition specifies that worship is something we especially do when we come into the presence of God, when we are aware that we worship in our hearts, and when we praise with our voices and talk about it so that others can hear. Paul encourages Christians in Calosas: "That you may dwell in the word of Christ in all its richness teach and admonish one another with all wisdom; sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God with gratitude in your heart "(Col 3: 16).
In fact, the primary reason that God has called us into the assembly of the church is that we worship him as assembly. Edmund Clowney says pertinently:
God has demanded from Pharaoh, "Let My People Go For That I WORSHIP In The Desert" (Exodus 7: 16) God's Saca order to make them Enter Your Assembly, the great company of those who are in His presence. The Assembly of God in the Sinai Is Therefore Immediate From Exodus Objective. God Brings His People in His presence that you may hear His voice and worship him.
But Clowney explains that the assembly worshiped at Mount Sinai could not remain in session before God forever. Therefore, God established other festivities in which the whole nation would meet before him three times a year. he says: "The Israelites are a nation formed to worship, called to gather in the grounds of the Lord, and praise together the name of the Most High."
Nevertheless Clowney notes that, rather than praise God in a holy and united assembly, the people swerved to serve idols and instead of gathering the people to worship before him, 'God scattered the people in exile as "punishment.
But God promised that his purposes for his people are still met, that someday there would be a large gathering not only of Israel but of all nations before his throne (Isaiah 2: 2-4; 25: 6-8; 49: 22 ; 66: 18-21; Jeremiah 48: 47; 49: 6, 39). Clowney notes that the fulfillment of that promise only began when Jesus began building his church:
Pentecost was the time of the first fruits, the beginning of the Great Harvest of Redemption.
Peter preached the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. The Spirit had spilled, Adoration Of The New Era had arrived. The Church, the assembly for worship, worship God now had begun gathering.
The call of the Gospel is a call to worship, away from sin and invoke the Lord's name. The image of the Church as an assembly that is not presented Adora Nowhere A Way more powerful than in the Epistle to the Hebrews (12: 18-29). In Our Worship In The Church Of Christ we approach the throne of God, The Judge of All Things. We entered the Festiva Assembly of the Saints and Los Angeles. We gather in spirit with the spirits of just men made perfect.
We entered the Assembly glory through Christ Our Mediator, and the blood of His atoning death.
Collective worship Reverent, then, not optional for the Church of God. Rather, it constitutes the expression of the true essence of the Church. She shows on Earth Reality of Celestial Assembly.
Worship is therefore a direct expression of the ultimate purpose of life, "glorify God and enjoy him fully for ever": God speaks of his "sons" and "daughters" as of "everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made "(Is 43: 6-7). And Paul also uses similar language when it says that "to us, we have already put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory" (Eph 1: 12).
Scripture says here and in many other passages that God created us to glorify Him.
When we reflect on the purpose of worship it also reminds us that God is worthy of worship and we do not. Even he had to tell the apostle John that he should not worship any creature, not even a mighty angel from heaven. When he "fell" at the foot of the angel who showed wonderful visions of heaven, the angel said, "Do not do that!". Worship God alone! (Rev. 22: 8-9).
This is because God is jealous of his own honor and duly seeks his own honor. He says, "I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God" (Ex 2: 5) and I will not give my glory to another! (Is 48: 11). Something within us should tremble and rejoice in this fact. We should tremble with fear to not steal his glory to God. And we rejoice that God is just seek his own honor and be jealous of his own honor.
The twenty-four elders in heaven feel this reverence and joy, for prostrate themselves before the throne of God and surrender their crowns before him singing: "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, because you created all things; by Your will they exist and were created (Rev. 4: 11).
When we feel the absolute justice be embedded this within ourselves then we have the proper attitude of heart for genuine worship.
Because God is worthy of worship and wants to be worshiped, all things in our worship services must be designed and made not to draw attention to ourselves or give glory, but to draw attention to God and make people think about he. It would be appropriate to evaluate again often the different elements of our preaching Sunday services, public prayer, the direction of worship, special music, celebrating the Lord's Supper, and even ads and offering.
Even before people become believers, God's Word being preached and taught it provides them with the grace of God in the sense that it is the instrument that God uses to impart spiritual life and bring them to salvation. Paul says that the gospel is "the power of God for salvation" (Rom 1: 16) and that the preaching of Christ is "the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Cor 1: 24). God makes us born again "through the word of truth" (James 1: 18), and Peter says, "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the word of God which lives and remains "(1 P 1: 23).
It is the written word of God, the Bible, that "can make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Ti 3: 15):
Even more, once we become believers, Paul reminds us that the word of God who "has power to edify" (Acts 20: 32). It is necessary for spiritual nourishment and to maintain spiritual life, because we do not live by bread alone but also "every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Mt 4: 4). Moses speaks of the absolute necessity of the written word of God when he tells the people:
"Because they are not empty words for you, but your life depends on them; It is the word of God that convicts us of sin and makes us justice, because it is useful "for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Ti 3: 16). Give direction and guidance as "lamp" for our feet and "light" for our path (Psalm 119: 105). In the midst of an ungodly culture Scripture give us wisdom and guidance as "a lamp shining in a dark place" (2 Peter 1: 19).
Even more, it is active to give wisdom to all, and even "wise the simple" (Psalm 19: 7). Gives hope to those who are missing, because Paul says was written "to teach, so that, encouraged by the Scriptures, endurance and our hope" (Romans 15: 4).
The word of God is not weak or powerless to achieve these objectives, because it speaks to the power of God and carries God's purposes. The Lord says:
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so it is my word that goes forth from my mouth: You return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose (Isaiah 55: 10-11).
The word of God is not weak but accompanies his divine power: " 'Jer 23:29).
It is so sharp and powerful that is ((Is not my word like fire, and like a hammer that breaks the rock declares the Lord "(Eph 6: 17), and is as effective in speaking to the needs of people the author of Hebrews says, "for the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the depths of the soul and spirit, to the bone marrow, it judges the thoughts. and intents of the heart "(Heb 4: 12).
So closely is linked to the growth and strength of the church to the reign of the word of God in the lives of people more than once the book of Acts can describe the growth of the church as the growth of the word of God: (and the word of God spread the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased) (Acts 6: 7); "But the word of God continued to increase and spread" (Acts 12: 24); (The word of the Lord spread throughout the region "(Acts 13: 49).
So important is the Bible as the primary means of grace that God gives to his people that Charles Hodge reminds us that throughout history the true Christianity has flourished (0usto in proportion to the degree to which the Bible is known, and its truths spread among the people. "Even more, he notes that there is no evidence of salvation or sanctification where there is in the Word of God is known." nations where the Bible is unknown in darkness "?
It is appropriate to put on the list the teaching of the Word of God as the first and most important means of grace within the church. But we must add that such education includes not only teaching officially recognized by clergy ordained in the church, but also all the teaching that takes place in Bible studies, Sunday School classes, reading biblical Christian books, and even the study personal Bible.
So here we need only note that corporate prayer inside the church when it meets, and prayer for the church members of one another, are powerful means that the Holy Spirit uses daily to give blessing to believers within the church.
Certainly we pray together as well as individually, following the example of the early church. When they heard threats from Jewish leaders, they "raised their voices in prayer to God" (Acts 4: 24-30.) "After praying, he shook the place where they were assembled; were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness "(Acts 4 Feb. 31: 42). When Peter was imprisoned, "the church was earnestly praying to God for him" (Acts 12: 5).
If the prayer of the church is not just lip service to say words without intent of heart, it is a genuine expression of our hearts and reflection of sincere faith, then we should expect the Holy Spirit to give a greater blessing through it. Certainly when praying "in the Spirit" (Eph 6:18; Jud 20: "praying in the Holy Spirit") is made, includes communion with the Holy Spirit and therefore a ministry of the Holy Spirit to those who pray.
The author of Hebrews reminds us that the "closer" to God in prayer before the throne of grace we do to "find grace to help us in our time of need" (Heb 4: 16).
The more increases the genuine fellowship of a church, more should be continuous prayer for one another within the church, and genuine spiritual blessing of the Holy Spirit can be expected to flow through the church.
Genuine worship is worship "in spirit" Genesis 4: 23-24; Philippians 3: 3), which probably it means worship that is done in the spiritual realm of activity (and not merely the outward physical action to attend a worship or sing songs).
When we entered the spiritual realm of activity and worship minister in the Lord, God ministers to us.For example, in the church of Antioch, was "While fasting and participated in the worship of the Lord" that "the Holy Spirit said," Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them ' "(Acts 13 : 2).
This parallels the experience of the people of Israel in the Old Testament who knew the presence of God when engaged in genuine worship:
Trumpeters and singers praised and gave thanks to the Lord with trumpets, cymbals and other musical instruments. And when they played and sang in unison: "The Lord is good; His love endures forever ", a cloud covered the temple of the Lord. Because of the cloud the priests could not stand to minister because the glory! Lord filled e! Temple (2nd Cr 5: 13-14).
When God's people worshiped, he came in a very visible way to dwell in their midst. Similarly, in the New Testament, James promises, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4: 8).
Moreover, as the people of God worshiped, he delivered them from their enemies (2nd Cr 20: 18-23), and sometimes gave them true spiritual perspective on the nature of the events that surrounded them (Ps 73: 17: "until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood what the fate of the wicked").
If worship is truly an experience of approaching God, come to your presence, and give praise it deserves, then certainly we should count it as the "means of grace" primary available for the church. Through genuine congregational worship God often give great blessing, both individually and corporately, to his people.
When we worship God in the sense described above, truly giving glory in our hearts and with our voices, several things happen:
God created us not only to glorify Him but also to rejoice in it and delight in their excellence. ' Probably we experience the delight in God more fully in worship than any other activity of this life.
David confesses that the "one thing" that he will seek above all else is to "dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and in his temple" (Ps 27: 4). He also says: "I will be filled with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Ps 16: 11). Similarly, Asaf knows that only God fills all his hopes and all his desires: "Whom do I have in heaven but you? If I'm with you, I want nothing on earth. (Ps 73: 25).
And the sons of Korah say:
How goodly are thy tabernacles, Lord Almighty! Longing With My Soul The courts of the Lord; I am almost agonized for them. With Heart, with the whole body, Canto Alegre the God of Life.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, you'll always Is Praising. Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. (Psalm 84: 1-2, 4, 10)
The early church knew that joy in worship, because "there continued to meet together in the temple courts day. From house to house they broke bread and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of the people (Acts 2: 46). In fact, immediately after Jesus' ascension into heaven, the disciples "returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were continually in the temple, praising God. (Luke 24: 52-53).
Of course, this activity continued worship can not last forever in this age, because living in a fallen world requires that we take time to many other responsibilities as well.
But continued praise enables us taste in advance the atmosphere of heaven, where the four living creatures "they never stop saying:" Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come "( Ap 4. 8), and the other heavenly creatures and the redeemed who had died were united to the heavenly worship and praised the "Lamb, who was slain" (Rev 5. 12).
You will be in the hand of the Lord As Corona Esplendorosa. You will be called "My Delight" For the Lord rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices with His Bride; So shall thy God rejoice over you. (Is 62: 3-5).
Eco Zephaniah the same theme is done when He says: For the Lord your God is in your midst, Guerrero Victorious. Tl Gozo, will renew you in His Love delight, For You is perfectly Cantos.(Zephaniah 3: 17)
What does God when we worship? The amazing truth of Scripture is that while the creation glorifies God, he delights in it. When God made the universe beginning, he looked at all this with delight, and "it was very good" (Gn 1: 31). God is especially revels in the human being who has created and redeemed. Isaiah reminded the people of the Lord:
This truth should bring us great encouragement, because while we love God and we love it we realize that we have joy and delight to your heart. And the deepest joy is the joy of bringing delight to the heart of who you love.
In the old covenant believers they could approach God only in a limited way through the temple ceremonies; in fact, most of the people of Israel could not enter the temple itself, but had to stay in the yard. Even the priests could only enter the outside of the temple, the "Holy Place" when it was assigned to him. But the inside of the temple, the "Holy of Holies" no one could enter except the high priest, and only once a year (Heb 9: 1-7).
Now, under the new covenant, believers have the awesome privilege of being able to directly enter the Holy of Holies in heaven when they worship. "By the blood of Jesus Christ, we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place" (Hebrews 10. 19).
As we have confidence to enter into the very presence of God, the author of Hebrews encourages us: "Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith" (Heb 10. 22). Worship in the New Testament church is not a simple practice for some later celestial worship experience, or dissimulation, or superficial practices. It is a genuine worship in the presence of God himself, and when we worship before his throne.
This reality is expressed more fully by the author of Hebrews in chapter 12, when he tells Christians who have not come to a place like Mount Sinai earth where the people of Israel received the Ten Commandments from God, but have come a much better place, the heavenly Jerusalem:
You not have come to a mountain that can be touched or is ablaze; Neither A Darkness, Darkness And Storm; Neither A trumpet sound, or A Clamor Such words that those who heard begged that they are not discussed further. By contrast, You, You have come to Mount Zion, The Heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.
They have approached myriads of angels in joyful assembly, to the Church of the Firstborn written in heaven. They have come closer to God, the Judge of all; To the spirits of just men made perfect; Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant; Blood and Dash, Talking stronger than that of Abel. (Heb 12: 18-24).
This is the reality of the New Testament worship; It is indeed worship in the presence of God, but now I do not see with our physical eyes, or see the angels gather in taking his throne or the spirits of believers who have gone and now worship God in his presence.
But everything is there, and everything is real, more real and more permanent than the physical creation we see around us, that someday will be destroyed in the final judgment. And if we believe that Scripture is true, then we must also believe that it is indeed true that we ourselves there and join our voices to those who already adore in heaven whenever we come before God to worship him.
Our only appropriate response is this: "Let us worship God as he pleases with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire" (Heb 12: 28-29).
James tells us: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4: 8). This has been the standard of God's dealings with His people throughout the Bible, and we must be confident that this is true today as well.
In the Old Testament, when God's people began to praise the dedication of the temple, he came down and was manifested in their midst:
Trumpeters and praising Cantores And they gave thanks to the Lord Al trumpets, cymbals and other musical instruments. And when they played and sang in unison: "The Lord is good; His love endures forever ", a cloud covered the temple of the Lord. Because of the Cloud, Priests Could not they worship, For the glory of the Lord filled the Temple (2nd Cr 5: 13-14).
While this only talks about a specific incident, it seems wrong to suppose that God will announce his presence among his people at other times, whenever it pleases praise they offer (though not come as a visible cloud). David says, "But you are holy, you are a king; you are the praise of Israel!" (Ps 22: 3).
God ministers to us. Although the primary purpose of worship is to glorify God, Scripture teaches that worship also happens to us something: we ourselves are built or being built. Of course, to some extent that happens when we heard the teaching that the Bible offers or words of encouragement that others direct-Paul tells us: "All this must be done for edification" (1 Cor 14: 26), and says that we encourage "one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" (Eph 5: 19; Heb. 10: 24-25).
But besides the building comes from the growth of understanding of the Bible and listen to words of encouragement from others, there is another type of building that takes place in worship: When we worship God, he is with us and ministers to us directly, strengthening our faith, intensifying our awareness of his presence, and giving refreshment to our spirits.
Peter says that while Christians continually come to Christ (in worship, prayer and faith) are "built into a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ: (1st P 2. 5).
When we come to worship we come into the presence of God in a special way, and we hope that he will find us there and will minister to us, "So let us approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help us at the moment of need "(Heb 4:16): During the genuine worship often will experience an intensification of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, who works continually transforming the likeness of Christ" with ever-increasing glory "(2 Cor 3: 18) .
When the people of Israel began to worship, sometimes God would fight for them against their enemies.For example, when they came against Judah, the Moabites, the Edomites and the Syrians, King Jehoshaphat sent to the chorus praising God before the army.
Jehoshaphat appointed men going Front Army To Sing Praise The Lord And the splendor of His Holiness. As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the Ammonites, the Moabites and the Del Monte Del Seir who had come against Judah, and defeated them. (2nd Cr 20: 21-22).
Similarly, when the people of God worship today, we expect the Lord to fight the demonic forces that oppose the gospel and make them flee.
Although Scripture does not emphasize evangelization as the primary goal when the church gathers to worship, Paul tells the Corinthians to think of unbelievers and outsiders who come to their services, to be sure that Christians speak of comprehensibly (1st Cor 14: 23).
He also tells them that if the gift of prophecy is working properly, occasionally the secrets of the heart of the unbeliever will manifest themselves, and this will fall on his face and "worship God, declaring that God is among you (1st Cor 4: 25 ; Acts 2: 11). But evangelization as the primary purpose is not seen when the church gathers to worship, and therefore would not be right to have designed the only weekly meeting of believers with a fundamentally evangelistic purpose.
Paul's concern is rather that visitors understand what happens (and do not think that Christians are "crazy", 1st Cor 14: 23), and to recognize that "God is really among you" (1 Cor 14: 25 ).
As worship glorifies God and fulfills the purpose for which God created us, it is an activity of great value and eternal significance. When Paul warned the Ephesian not to waste their time but to use it well, put it in the context of living as those who are wise, "So be careful of their way of life.
Not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil "(Ephesians 5: 15-16).
Then Paul explains what is to be wise and use the time:
Therefore, not Sean foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, they are filled with the Spirit. Admonish one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and praise the Lord with heart, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5: 17-20).
Accordingly, in the context of using time wisely and take advantage of Paul includes both sung each other spiritual psalms and sing to the Lord with our hearts.
This means that worship is to do the will of God! Worship is the result of understanding "what is the will of the Lord." Is "make the most of the time." Moreover, as God is eternal and omniscient, praise that never give fade from his consciousness but continue to bring delight to your heart for all eternity (Jude 25), "To the only God our Savior be glory, the majesty, dominion and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever! ").
The fact that worship is an activity of great significance and eternal value also evident in the fact that it is the primary activity carried out by those who are already in heaven (Rev. 4: 8-11; 5: 11-14 ).
Ultimately, worship is a spiritual activity and must be empowered by the Holy Spirit working in us. This means that we must pray that the Holy Spirit enables us to worship properly.
But the hour is coming and has already come, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father is seeking such to worship him. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in truth. Jn 4: 23-24).
You worship "in spirit and in truth" is understood to mean not "in the Holy Spirit," but rather "in the realm of the spirit, in the field of spiritual activity '"
This means that true worship involves not only our physical bodies but our spirits, intangible aspect of our existence which acts primarily in the realm of the invisible. Mary knew that I loved in this way, so he said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior" (Luke 1: 46-47).
We must realize that God also continually seeks Jn 4:23) to those who will worship him in spirit and therefore those whose spirit and body and mind worship God. Such worship is not optional for those who worship God "must do so in spirit and in truth" (v. 24). Unless our spirits worship God we are not worshiping Him truly.
An attitude of adoration is achieved when we begin to see God as he is and then respond to his presence.Even in heaven the seraphim contemplate the glory of God cry, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory "(Isaiah 6: 3). When the disciples saw Jesus walking on water, and then saw an end to the wind when it came to the boat, "those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying," Truly you are the Son of God ' "(Mt 14: 33 ).
The author of Hebrews knows that when we come into the presence of God (Heb 12: 18-24), the right answer is "worship God as he acceptably with reverence and awe, for our" God is a consuming fire ' "( Heb 12: 28-29). Therefore genuine worship is not something self-generated or that may develop within ourselves. It should be rather an outpouring of our hearts in response to an awareness of who God is.
It is appropriate to ask whether there is much felt, deep and genuine worship in our churches. In many evangelical churches people do not worship God from the heart to the last hymn, after the sermon has focused attention on who God is and begin to rejoice in God with a heart full of praise.
But then, at the time when a deep and sincere worship, the cult suddenly ends. It must be just the beginning! If genuine worship in our churches lack, we must ask how we can take to experience more depth and richness of worship, which is the natural response of the believing heart to a clear perception of the presence and character of God.
Is there anything we could do to make worship more effective? We must remember that worship is a spiritual matter Jn 4: 21-24), and fundamental solutions are therefore spiritual. much prayer will be needed in preparation for worship, especially the leadership, asking God to bless the moments of worship and we are manifest.
Congregations also need instruction on the spiritual nature of worship and the interpretation of the New Testament worship in the presence of God (see Heb 12: 22-24). In addition, Christians need to be encouraged to correct any broken interpersona1es relations. Paul says that men should raise your hands "with purity of heart, without anger or disputing" (1 Timothy 2: 8), Jesus reminds us that we must first be reconciled with our brother, and then come before the altar of God and present our offering (Mt 5: 24).
In fact, John says that whoever says 'I love God' and hates his brother "is a liar" (1 Jn 4: 20). Particularly husbands need to be sure that treated with respect for their wives, honoring them, so that nothing hinders your prayers (1st Peter 3: 7). And the whole church is responsible for ensuring that no outbreak no "root of bitterness" that causes problems, and that "by it many be defiled" (Heb 12: 15), which is an indication that sin and broken relationships between a few can be extended to many and prevent God's blessings come to all the congregation.
On the other hand, if you really are going to approach God in worship, there must be a personal desire for holiness in life. The author of Hebrews reminds believers continue "holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb 12: 14), and Jesus says they are "pure in heart" who "see God" (Mt 5: : 8), a promise partially fulfilled completely in this life and in the age to come.
John says specifically in relation to the sentence: "If the heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God" (1 Jn 3: 21), but this principle certainly worship also applies to dare to come before the presence of God to offer him praise. James indicates similar concern when, immediately after saying, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you," he adds: Sinners, Wash your hands! You guys fickle, purify your heart! (James 4: 8).
However the physical setting and structure of worship services do have, as there are indications that Jesus thought that the atmosphere of worship was very important. He "entered the temple and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves. "
In explaining these actions, Jesus insisted that the temple should be a house of prayer, he said: "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you are making it a 'den of robbers "(Mt 21: 12-13).
He also told believers: (When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret) (Matthew 6: 6), not only because in our rooms not see us men, and pray to receive glory from men, but also because they know that others are watching us in our prayers easily distracted our attention, so that then partly pray that we listen to others or at least not offend.
This does not mean that worship and prayer group are prohibited (as both are very noticeable in both the Old Testament and the New Testament), but says that we must choose a place for prayer and worship to avoid as much as possible distractions. This is consistent with the fact that worship should be done in an orderly fashion, "For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace" (1st Cor 14: 33; v. 40).
The atmosphere and mood of worship are important, because we serve God (acceptably with reverence and awe) (Heb 11: 28). This means that it is appropriate to gather as a church on a site that contributes to worship, worship that ordinarily is private and free from distraction, which gives the opportunity to focus on the Lord.
Singing is especially important in worship both the Old and New Testament. Nowadays a remarkable change has occurred in both the standard Castilian people talk and musical forms with which people are familiar, and churches need to talk and plan openly and honestly in order to find a mix of songs that they can well sung by the whole congregation, and that people can genuinely be identified as a vehicle to express their praise to God.
Songs that address God directly in the second person (ie talk to God like you) instead of speaking as (he) will often be especially effective as songs of worship, although the Psalms show that both types of songs please God .
In addition, it is important to set aside enough time for various aspects of collective worship. Genuine prayer can certainly take time (see Luke 6: 12; 22: 39-46; Acts 12: 12; 13: 2). Likewise, a solid biblical teaching can often require a long time (Mt 15: 32; Acts 20: 7-11). Moreover, a genuine and heartfelt worship and praise also require some time to be effective.
This is true in part because different aspects of worship require different attitudes and mental states.Listen to a Bible teaching requires attention to the text and the teacher. Joy and praise requires focus on the Lord and His greatness. The sentences in which appeals are made require focus on the sacrifice of ourselves to the Lord as well as offer up our possessions and entrust it to provide for our needs.
The Lord's Supper requires a time of reflection, self-examination, repentance and perhaps along with thanksgiving. But we can have all these attitudes at once, because we are finite. It takes time to achieve and sustain different mental attitudes. For that reason it is impossible to fulfill all the tasks necessary for a congregation gathered in just one hour on Sunday morning, and is harmful to try. Those who try to do everything in a short time will cram too much and do anything right.
If congregations have to accomplish various purposes for which God wants us to meet, and especially to have prolonged moments of reverent worship, probably they will need to find creative solutions that allow them to meet for longer periods of time, and omit or reprogram some activities that have become customary or traditional Sunday morning but they really are not necessary.
The sanctity of the Sabbath was instituted at creation. After his creative work six days, God rested on the seventh day and the sacralized. When it sacred, God was pushing the seventh day. He consecrated him as asaint. Keeping the Sabbath correctly was one of the Ten Commandments given at Mount Sinai, is important to remember that your institution was an integral part of the covenant of creation. In the Old Testament, the violation of the Sabbath represented a capital offense.
The word translated as the Sabbath means "seventh". That's why some people insist that Saturday is the only appropriate day to celebrate the Sabbath, and observe that it is illegitimate on Sunday. However, historic Christianity has always observed the day Sunday as the Sabbath because the New Testament is "the Lord 's Day", the day when Christ was resurrected. The principle of the Sabbath, one in seven, remains intact. The weekly Sabbath is a perpetual effect from creation and was saved by the apostles.
The question about the proper way to keep the Sabbath remains subject of debate among theologians.Most agree that the Sabbath includes a command to rest from everything other than trade or essential tasks. The Sabbath is also the time for community worship and for the special study of the Word of God. It is a special moment to rejoice in the resurrection of Christ and the hope of our Sabbath rest in heaven.
The disagreement centers around the role of the role of recreation and works of mercy. Some consider the role of recreation as an earthly violation of the Sabbath, while others insist that it is an important part of rest and renewal of the body. The Bible nowhere explicitly place promotes or prohibits recreation function in the Sabbath, although the implicit meaning of pleasure in Isaiah 58: 13 might suggest that it is forbidden.
A less strident debate centers on the question of the works of mercy. Many appeal to Jesus' example of special ministry on the Sabbath as an implicit command for Christians to the Sabbath actively engage in works of mercy such as visiting the sick. Others contend that Jesus' example proves that it is legitimate and good compromise in that way, but that what is allowed is not necessarily required.
(That these works of mercy are not limited to the Sabbath is obvious).
1. The Sabbath was instituted in the creation and is still in force.
2. The Sabbath means "seventh". It refers to a cycle of a day seven days.
3. The early church celebrated the Sabbath on the day of the Lord, moving the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday (the first day of the week).
4. The Sabbath calls for the cessation of regular work (except essential work) and the assembly of the saints in communal worship.
5. There is disagreement as to whether it is well perform the function of recreation and the need for works of mercy on the Sabbath.
BIBLICAL PASSAGES FOR REFLECTION
Genesis 2: 1-3, Exodus 20: 8-11, Isaiah 58: 13-14, Matthew 12: 1-14, Acts 20: 7, 1 Corinthians 16: 1-2, Revelation 1:10.