Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Atonement and Christian Worship

Here is an excerpt of Andy Naselli's interview with Graham Cole on a crucial theme:

How would you describe the relationship between the atonement and Christian worship?

The worship of heaven, which we join when we gather as God’s people, is based on God’s revealed character and mighty works as Creator (Rev 4) and Redeemer (Rev 5). The only fitting response to such grace is that exhibited by the elders in heaven. They worshiped (i.e., adopted the protocol one does in the presence of such majestic selflessness). In the light of the cross we can only look away from ourselves and acknowledge in word and body language someone other than ourselves as the worthy one: the Lamb slain for us. That is the connection.

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