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<< Discover the Book, with Dr. John Barnett

Discover the Book - Apr. 7, 2008

  • 2008 Apr 07
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Behold Your God!

 

 “And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ ”

—John 20:28, emphasis added  

 

William Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942 to 1944, defined worship as follows: “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” 2

 

If there is no worship, there is no change in the life. Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. How? Quickening of our conscience by His holiness—being renewed through the life and power of our endless lives in Christ; nourishment of mind by His truth; purification of imagination by His beauty; openness of our hearts by His love; submission of our wills to His purpose. All of this gathered together in adoration is the greatest of all expressions of which we are capable.

 

The greatest insight into adoring the Lord comes by way of His names and titles in His Word. He is the firstborn from the dead, ruler over the kings of the earth, the Son of Man, the living One! He is the One who sits on the throne in heaven, the Lamb who was slain—who lives forever and ever! He is the wrathful Lamb, the redeeming Lamb and the providing Lamb! He is the patient collector of our prayers!

He holds back the monsters from the abyss! He is the Creator of heaven and earth and sea, the Lord God Almighty, He is the Lamb whose is the Book of Life, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, Jesus, the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star, the Lord Jesus— our Lord Jesus!

 

Worship Christ in His majesty—worship Him in all His glorious names! Nothing can possibly come into your life that the all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present Christ didn’t know about long before it happened. The Lamb, who has paid the price for sin, is the only One who has the reservation book, the Book of Life, which is the key to enter into paradise. Have you made your reservation? Is your name written there? Are you worshiping the manufacturer and owner of your life? 

 

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