John 4: 24.
“For God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”.
John 4: 21- 24.
“Jesus answered the Samaritan woman at the well, “Believe me dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the One you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him in that way. For God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”.
John 4: 21- 24.
“In spirit and truth” is a difficult concept to grasp. It may help to think of a woman, who is mom, a wife, and a teacher. She is one person capable of functioning in many ways. Or a man, who carries out the role of a father, a husband and a breadwinner wears many hats in order to keep a family running smoothly. On a much deeper level, in the spiritual realm and in a much more awesome way, God is Truth and He is also Spirit. Jesus goes into detail on the subject, in John Chapter 13, where He washes the disciples feet, and predicts Judas’s betrayal into the hands of the enemy. Christ’s words in Chapter 14 are words of comfort to distraught, confused disciples who just didn’t understand the strange events that were taking place and what was happening. They had many questions and in John 14: 25 – 29, Jesus speaks to them… “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.”
A comforting promise was given by Christ before His death and resurrection. Then. at His final farewell before He ascended into Heaven…He assured believers that they wouldn’t be left alone and when He was gone, they would not be spiritual orphans, but that His Father would send a helper and a comforter in the Holy Spirit to teach and guide His people in truth instilling a peace within their souls.
That part of God that is His Spirit, is His sweet, Holy Spirit, present always, in the believer’s life and since the Spirit of God dwells within, location for worship doesn’t matter. It’s not in the place, it’s in the heart, soul and mind of the believer, where Christ takes up residence because His Spirit surrounds us, maintaining God’s Spirit in the World around us, and sustaining us with His presence.
God is Spirit, and God is Truth and in Him they become one for us, much like a mom is mom and nursemaid for her child. As we enter into a holy worship before the Lord, His spirit that dwells within us communicates with us revealing His Truth and His reality! We don’t have to see Him with our eyes, or hear Him with our ears. No a relationship with Christ goes much deeper than the physical element and our five senses. It goes spiritually deep into a sense that He has saved me, redeemed me and keeps me. It’s a knowledge that all is well with my soul because Christ lives within, maintaining and sustaining. What a delight and a privilege then, to come before Him in humbleness of heart to offer ourselves as a fragrant offering of worship to this Sovereign God who holds us in the palm of His hand.