Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Regulative Principle of Worship, Part 5

....which is the concluding post on Worship in Spirit & Truth by Jeff Meyers

"Thus, in the New Testament, people who worship 'in Spirit and truth' will gather with the Body of Christ to participate in Spiritual worship of the Father"
(1 Cor. 12:12-14).

"What Jerusalem and the Jews were to the Old Testament - the place and ministers by which God met with men and women - Christ and his Body, the Church, are today. Jesus’ humanity is the place to which God summons us. Christ alone is the new sanctuary, the mercy seat, and the high priest through whom we must draw near to God. And Christ has given the Spirit to fill his Body, the Church, on earth so that she might be the place where humanity finds God. She is the New Jerusalem. If we wish to worship God in Spirit and truth, we will seek God among his people, where the Word is audibly read and preached, where the physical sacraments are given and received. He still embodies his presence by the Spirit, but it is no longer a centralized, geographically limited embodiment."

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