Proclamation and Praise
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Proclamation and Praise

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An important missing element in today's raging worship debates is a proper acknowledgment of the continuing ministry of the living Christ in mediating and leading our worship. This is a crucial truth that transcends issues of style and form and thus provides a foundation for a unified and unifying understanding of worship, in spite of the wide diversity of worship expressions that has always characterized the body of Christ.
The wonderful fact is that we are not left to worship God on our own strength! Rather, the grace of God, which is so abundantly provided to us for our salvation and sanctification, can be seen to be just as operational and effectual when it comes to our worship. Our worship is acceptable and pleasing to God not because of any inherent excellence of its own, but because we come in Christ and his righteousness into the Father's presence.
In Hebrews 2:12 we find an amazingly succinct yet powerful description of the two-way mediating ministry of Christ: he continues to be the agent of God's revelation to us and also serves as the leader and facilitator of our response back to God in worship. Christ does not just open or show us the way into the Father's presence in worship; he actively leads us, takes us with him so that we might enjoy the same relationship of love and fellowship that he himself enjoys with the Father. This transforming understanding opens up a wide range of complementary truths concerning the Trinitarian and Christological implications of worship--with profound implications for our churches.

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Published 01 September 2007
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Proclamation and Praise
Proclamation and Praise Hebrews 2:12 and te Cristology of Worsip
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PROCLAMATION AND PRAISE Hebrews 2:12 and te Cristology of Worsip
Copyrigt © 2007 Ron Man. All rigts reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical publications or reviews, no part of tis book may be reproduced in any manner witout prior written permission from te publiser. Write: Permissions, Wipf and t Stock, 199 W. 8 Ave., Eugene, OR 97401.
Unless oterwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are fromhe © Holy Bible, Englis Standard Version2001, Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publisers. Used by permission. All rigts reserved.
ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-056-6
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Dedication
To te memory of te late Prof. James B. Torrance of Scotland, wose writings first introduced me to te wondrous concept of Crist leading our worsip, tis volume is affectionately and gratefully dedicated.
Contents
Introduction/ ix
Capter 1 he Context of Hebrews 2:12 / 1
Capter 2 he Content of Hebrews 2:12 / 7
Capter 3 he Significance of Hebrews 2:12 / 17
Capter 4 Contiguous New Testament hemes / 39
Capter 5 Towards a Cristology of Worsip / 53
Conclusion/ 87 Bibliograpy/ 89 Scripture Index/ 101
Introduction
 - “worsip wars” continue unabated in T our midst. In all too many quarters, serious biblical discussions on worsip ave been abandoned in favor of a relentless pursuit of “wat works.” Wat is needed above all in our day is a broadening examination of unifying teological concepts of worsip— trans-cultural, trans-congregational, trans-denominational. We sould be asking: Wat are biblical truts about worsip wic are non-negotiable—wic we may only apply, not reject or cange? Wat are tose aspects of worsip about wic we can all potentially agree, even wile we in grace allow for differing applications of tose truts in different local bodies? William Nicolls understands wat is at stake wen e writes: “To embark upon a study of te meaning, or essence, of worsip is to embark upon a quest for te substance of 1 Cristian unity.” His approac is to seek “a point at wic te central concerns of te different traditions wit wic 2 we are acquainted can be creatively related to eac oter.” We may well wonder weter we are “creative” enoug to span te casms wic divide us; but Nicolls suggests tat we need to look to Cristology. He writes:
he foundation of Cristian worsip is our Lord Himself, as te One wo is bot te di-
1. Nicolls,Jacob’s Ladder, 12. 2. Ibid.
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Introduction
vine Word and man’s perfect response to tat Word. If we make it our endeavour, as we tink of te different aspects of worsip, to recognize His work, we sall find te essence of worsip, as well as te true concern of te different tradi-tions, and also te unity wic our divisions 3 obscure.
Lofty ambitions, to be sure, but surely tis is te di-rection in wic we sould be eading: rater tan stak-ing out our sectarian claims to te “rigt” way to worsip, we sould be seeking out common biblical ground wic is indeed non-negotiable but also universally applicable. Nicolls would lead us to te Person and work of Crist:
Our aim will be to relate worsip at every point to te revelation and redemption wic God brougt about in Crist, and to sow ow He is teJacob’s Ladderupon wic passes all tat traffic of God to man and man to God wic is 4 te meaning of our worsip.
his paper will seek to follow Nicolls’ lead and advice by examining a key passage relating to te Cristology of worsip. It is found in te Epistle of Hebrews, te New Testament book wic as more to say about worsip tan any oter (wit te possible exception of Revelation). he passage to be unpacked is Hebrews 2:12, wic in its im-mediate context reads:
11 For bot He wo sanctifies and tose wo are sanctified are all from one Fater; for wic reason He is not asamed to call tem bret-12 ren, saying, “I will proclaim Your name to my bretren, in te midst of te congregation
3. Ibid. 4. Ibid.