A Matter of Heaven and Hell

By Timothy Sparks


“What does the Scripture say” (Romans 4:3)? It is a matter of Heaven and Hell.

Jesus says, “. . . the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). Jesus further states, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). We must know the truth and obey it in order to be freed from the shackles of sin and vain worship. Our souls depend on it. Paul speaks God’s will concerning singing in worship:

“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

If these Scriptures authorized instrumental music in praise to God, then each individual in the congregation would have to play an instrument! God simply authorizes us to sing. Why would we want to add to God’s will? A valuable lesson we can learn from the Old Testament is: Not preconceived ideas, but obedience to God’s Word is what God requires (2 Kings 5:9-14).

God loves us more than we can understand. He gave His Son to die for our sins. God is worthy of our worship, as revealed in the New Testament. We should not seek to be entertained. We should want to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). When our worship pleases God, we glorify Him. God wants to bless us, and He will when we conform our lives to His great will. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

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