1. Biblical Worship is According to the Commandment of God.
The Regulative Principle of Worship versus the Normative Principle of Worship. (Exodus 20:4; 25:40; Deuteronomy 12:32; Leviticus 10:1-3; Jeremiah 7:31; Matthew 15:6-9; Colossians 2:23).
2. Musical Instruments were a part of OT Ceremonial Worship.
I. Musical Instruments in General. II. History of Musical Instruments in OT Worship. a. No instruments were used in the the regular worship of the patriarchs or in the tabernacle. b. Instruments were instituted for and used in regular temple worship. (Compare 1 Chronicles 13 and 15, especially 15:13. 1 Chronicles 28:11-19; Ezra 3:10-11; Nehemiah 12:27,36). III. Regulations concerning Musical Instruments in OT Worship. a. Particular musicians (Priests/Levites). b. Particular instruments. c. Particular places and times. (1 Chronicles 16:4-6; 23:1-6,30; 2 Chronicles 29:25-30).
3. Christ has fulfilled and abrogated all OT Ceremonial Worship. (Many NT passages. e.g. Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 9:1-12). Instruments, as used in OT worship, are abrogated with all other ceremonies.
4. Christ has not commanded the use of Musical Instruments for NT worship.
I. No command or example of NT church using instruments in worship. (What about Revelation? Symbolic) II.The High-priesthood of Christ and priesthood of all believers is against special musicians in NT worship. (Hebrews 8:2; 1 Peter 2:5,9). III. NT commands and examples of singing in worship are fulfilled by unaccompanied congregational singing. (Matthew 26:30; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15). IV. What is the typology/symbolism of musical instruments?
Neil van der Wel studied at the Reformed Theological College in Geelong, Victoria, from 1997 to 2001. He was ordained into gospel ministry in 2012 and has been serving the Lord in Reformation Presbyterian Church, Rockhampton since September 2015. He is married and has eight...