TRUE Worship = Worshipping GOD in ‘SPIRIT’ and ‘TRUTH’
October 31 Bible Reading: John Chapters 4-6
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when 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)
When our Lord Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar, He addressed the issue of lasting satisfaction. First, He established a common point of reference (water, v. 7), then aroused her curiosity on spiritual matters (vv. 9-14) that resulted in directly confronting her sins (immoral lifestyle, vv. 16-19). However, Jesus centered His conversation on the main issue – worship (vv. 21-24), and finally revealed Himself as the Messiah – the object of worship (vv. 25-26).
Jesus clearly revealed to the Samaritan woman that, with His coming, God no longer had a certain place on earth for worship. All who believe on the Lord Jesus can worship God at any time and in any place. The Jewish people had reduced worship to outward forms and ceremonies. On the other hand, the Samaritans worshiped what they did not know; they had created their own religion. Jesus was actually rebuking both Jews and Samaritans when He stated that worship must be ‘in spirit and truth’!
The emphasis lies on Spirit as God’s essence as He is free from the limitations of time and space. True worship is thus not confined to a place but is rather an action of the heart. John gives three descriptions of God. He is Spirit (John 4:24), love (1 John 4:8), and light (1 John 1:5). God is a spiritual being who is invisible and without a body; He is a divine person who reveals Himself in perfect intellect, emotion, and will. No idols and no images need assist us in worship. True worship means that a believer enters the presence of God by faith (in keeping with the truth of God’s revealed Word) and there worships Him!
Thus, Jesus makes worship a matter of the heart. Worship must be in truth, that is, transparent, sincere, and according to biblical mandates. Truth is what is in harmony with the nature and will of God. The issue is not where a person worships, but how and whom. Jesus Himself is “The Truth” (John 14:6), so true worship is specifically the worship of God through His Son Jesus Christ.