23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Jesus had just had a conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacobs well, a very insightful chapter that could probably fill several posts, but I want to focus on what he has to say about worship. The woman points out that her ancestors had worshiped on the hill where the well was and that the Jews required worship in Jerusalem. Jesus makes a statement that the old ways of worship both by the Jews and the Samaritans will be replaced by a new worship. The true worshipers will worship in the Spirit and in truth, but what does that mean?
First we need to realize that it does not say in spirit but in “the Spirit”, with out the Holy Spirit present in our lives we can not worship God. Notice I did not say present in the place you are worshiping, if you are one of God’s children, the Spirit is within you. If you have to invite the Holy Spirit into your place of worship then you have no Christians there.
Acts 1:4-5 (NIV)4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
I find it odd when Christians get together and they pray for the Holy Spirit to come into there meeting. We as we gather bring the Holy Spirit because he is within us. What Jesus is saying in this passage is if you want to worship God you must have the Spirit of God within you. That only comes by faith in Jesus as your Lord. The Spirit of God working in our lives and on our hearts allows us to enter into worship with God. We are unable to have a true heart of worship without the Spirit. Before they worshiped out of obedience to the law, they worshiped God for what he had done and the promises still to come. They loved God but could not have the relationship made possible through Christ that we have. We can truly come into the presence of God in our worship, because the Spirit of God is within us allowing our worship to be heard by God.
What is the truth that Jesus is talking about? Well for starters all truth comes from God and what has God given us as our source of his truth? The Bible, it is our source of truth, there is truth that can be found outside the bible, (IE: in nature, in science, observation), but nothing that is true ever contradicts the Bible. If we are to worship in truth our worship cannot go beyond the truth found in the Bible. We as humans have tried through the ages to make up new ways to do everything better, including worship God. There are no gimmicks when it comes to worship. God wants our hearts, no motives, no agendas, no new revelations on how to get closer to God, He just wants our hearts! True worship based on the truths we know from the Word he has given us led by the Spirit He has placed within us.
Worshiping God is an amazing experience when it is done the way God intended, if not, it may be amazing but it isn’t worship. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in worship as He also leads you in understanding the awesome truths of God. It is not a maybe it’s a must!!! You “can not” worship God unless it is in the Spirit and in truth.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
GOD is GOOD!!!