Worship In Spirit And Truth

Worship God In Spirit And Truth

Worship In Spirit And Truth
John 4:20-22 Place of Worship

John 4:23-24 Worship in Spirit and Truth

John 4:25-26 Messiah
JOHN 4:23-24  23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for also the Father seeks such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth.”

What is God the Father seeking?
“True worshipers” who will worship Him in “Spirit and truth” (John 4:23).

Why does Jesus repeat that we “must worship in Spirit and truth” (John 4:24)?
Emphasis in modern communication is expressed via boldface type, italics, underlines, larger font size, etc. In Israel back then, emphasis was expressed via repetition.

What does it mean to worship God in Spirit and truth?
When a person is born again, God the Holy “Spirit” (John 4:24) takes up residence in that person - “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in you which you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19) - and enables him or her to worship God the Father spiritually. But just as God is real, so is the devil - “Be sober-minded, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8) - and we are warned, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God...” (1 John 4:1).

How do we test to see if a spiritual influence is of God or of the devil?
We rely on “the truth” (John 4:24), which is emphasized above.

What is the truth?
Jesus said, I am ... the truth...” (John 14:6) and John 1 states that Jesus is the “Word,” so the truth is the Word of God. Therefore, we must worship God “in Spirit” - i.e., as the Holy Spirit leads us - and in “truth” - i.e., as per Jesus' words in the Bible.

What if the Holy Spirit and the Bible contradict each other?
They never do. God the Holy Spirit used men as His writing instruments to write the Bible - All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for doctrine, for proof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) - and God never contradicts what He wrote. Any spiritual influence from any source that contradicts the Bible exposes itself to not be of the Holy Spirit and is accursed: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach to you any Gospel other than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches to you any Gospel other than what you have received, let him be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8-9)

So what must we do to know if a spiritual influence is or isn't of God?
Know what the Bible says.

What is “worship” (John 4:23,24)?
“Worship” isn't just singing songs to God during church services. Everything we say and do in life should worship and glorify God by reflecting the leading of the Holy Spirit and the truth of the Bible.

What do we call someone whose life appears led by the Holy Spirit and the truth of the Bible only during church services?