Divine and Human

As the initiatory descent of worship, the Father moves freely and unconditionally toward us with extravagant grace through the Son by the Spirit. As the corresponding ascent of worship, we come to him with the sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving, prayers and service—these enacted responses of faith have the indwelling Spirit as the sole source. In the Spirit, all our responses—prayer, piety, obedience, service, praise—are rendered to the Father, the proper object of our worship, through his Son, the mediator of our worship. Hence worship too is an event in which divine and human action coincide, the former being the presupposition of the latter.

—Dennis Ngien, Gifted Response: The Triune God as the Causative Agency of our Responsive Worship, 161

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