This ought to add not a little to our respect for the Gospel, that we must think of it as told not so much by men themselves as by Christ with their lips.
—Noel Due, Created for Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You, 165
[Hebrews 2:12b; Romans 10:17; Colossians 3:16]
The content of public worship is of immense importance. Writing in a different context, P. T. Forsyth said, ‘The preacher is not there to astonish people with the unheard of, he is there to revive them in what they have long heard.’ What is so for preaching—which is in itself an act of worship which is foundational to any public assembly for worship—is also true for the context in which preaching takes place. Every element of the public worship of the people of God must communicate the true content of the faith, which finds its focus on the person and work of Jesus the Messiah.
—Noel Due, Created For Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You, 235
Jesus Christ is the one who enables true worship, and the one who redeems human beings from the curse of false worship.
—Noel Due, Created For Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You, 20
It is widely recognized that Revelation provides the church with a theology of history, however what is of great importance for our study is that this theology of history is built around the theme of worship. The action of the Son in shedding his blood to free us from our sins (1:5b) was so that we, the redeemed, would be made “a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1:6) The goal of redemption is worshipful service.
—Noel Due, Created For Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You, 221
The Christology of Hebrews also undoes forever any notion of mystical communion with God. By this, I mean that communion which bypasses Christ to have a direct experience of divine enlightenment, or some numinous spiritual feeling. This is important when we see many contemporary worship songs, activities and approaches which emphasis the inner psychological/emotional state of the worshipper and use it as the criterion to decide if worship has been effective or not. Hebrews will not let us replace the mediation of Christ with the mediation of the worship leader who is able to engender an effective response, which is then interpreted as direct communion with God.
—Noel Due, Created For Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You, 181