Monday, July 10, 2006

Worship - Part 3

The second point Jesus wanted to convey is that worship must be according to truth. According to truth means it must be consistent with God’s revelation of Himself and His will and His statement of the true condition of things. The only place we can find this is in His Word, the Bible. We must be careful not to lift our own experiences up to the level of His revealed Word and will. We must make sure that experiences we have are consistent with His revealed Truth.
In 2 Peter 1:16 we read, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And we have more sure the prophetic word, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” Why did I bring up this passage here? Because Peter is referring to the experience he and two others had on the Mount of Transfiguration. This was a real experience. It wasn’t a dream and it wasn’t an illusion. It really happened on a particular day in a particular place. There have hardly been any other experiences that anyone has had that could top this one. However, Peter, who had been there and had that experience, writes in verse 19 that we have a more sure prophetic word. More sure than what? More sure than the real experience they had had. And what is this more sure prophetic word? He tells us in verse 20 that no prophecy of Scriptre is of any private interpretation. Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. I gather from this that God’s Word is to be believed and trusted more than any experience we may have, even real ones. We should avoid saying things like, “I know what the Scripture says, but I feel that ….” or “I know the Bible says we shouldn’t …., but in this case God has led me to ….” God’s Word is authoritative above our feelings, experiences, inner voices, conscience, etc. This applies to every area of life including worship.

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