Noel Due has produced a hugely important work into the biblical theme of worship, demonstrating the centrality of worship for human existence. He traces the theology of worship in the Bible and shows its significance for all the people of God. There is a comprehensive analysis of worship from Genesis to Revelation, investigating captivating areas from worship in the letters of Paul and Peter to Jesus and the transformation of worship.
As Christians we should aspire to worship God with all of our being, and Noel Due reveals to us the intensity of the battle for true worship and sheds invaluable light on the issues informing our understanding of worship.
“worship is not just rendered to the Triune God but in the Triune God.” (Page 234)
“The foregoing brief discussion makes it clear that Jesus Christ is the one who enables true worship, and the one who redeems human beings from the curse of false worship. The battle at the very outset of his public ministry recapitulated that of Adam and Israel, and revolved around his own worship of God for the sake of others. This worship affected and informed every aspect of his life. When we speak of ‘worship’ then, we are not speaking about an activity of one’s life, but speaking of the activity of one’s life, which gives that life its entire focus and direction. It is a core orientation rather than a peripheral action.” (Page 20)
“To worship God is to serve him in love and in trustful obedience to his word.” (Page 26)
“In seeking to be worshipped, Satan’s ploy was to bring the Son captive to himself. The issue of worship was not (and is not) a peripheral issue in the life of the Son of God, but lies at its very core. It is the key on which all hinges, not just for his own sake, but for the sake of the whole of the creation. All of Jesus’ life was an expression of his worship to God his Father as he served him in thought, word and deed, and ultimately as he set the captives free from Satan’s power through his sacrificial death.” (Page 19)
“Worship, then, does not begin with human beings as though they alone worship, or as if they are the initiators of worship. Worship begins with God. By virtue of his very being as God, and by virtue of his act of creation, God is the initiator of worship. It begins with God, and it was evident in the celestial and terrestrial creation before human beings were brought into existence. This means that when God created our first parents, they came into a worship-filled creation.” (Page 37)