Monday, November 16, 2009

NTC Day 57: 2 John, 3 John, Jude

Don't let today's reading intimidate you. Yes, you will be reading three whole books of the Bible, but it is shorter than most of the days during the first couple of weeks! Every day this week we will be focussing on worship as we see it in the last books of the New Testament.

Question 1: "Why should we worship?"

"To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen." Jude 24-25

A: We are not the ultimate beings in the universe. We are not the pinnacle of existence. There is one who is "before all ages, now and forevermore". There is one who is eternal. There is one worthy of the world's glory, majesty, power and authority.

A: We are not self-sufficient. We are in need of saving. We are in need of a Savior. We are in need of one who can keep us from falling. There is one who can save us from our faults and present us before God faultless!!!

A: We are not worthy of worship ourselves. There is an objective being who possesses all glory, majesty, power and authority. We can call other things glorious. We can call other things majestic. But when it comes to recognizing the objective reality of the ultimate source of glory, majesty, power and authority, we have two choices. We can discover, know and worship the glorious one, majestic one, powerful one, and authoritative one of the universe in truth and reality, or we can ascribe all glory and majesty to lesser things and act as blind men and liars.

Ultimately our worship does not make something glorious or majestic. Rather, our worship alligns our affections and praise with what is already the ultimate reality of our universe. Our worship is knowing and declaring there is one Glorious, Majestic, Powerful, and Authority.

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