IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

JESUS AND THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

John 4:20-24:  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet in Jerusalem, worship the Father.  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  But the hour cometh, and now is, when true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

How do we worship God?  Jesus makes it quite clear: It’s not in a grandiose and splendid environment necessarily (The temple in Jerusalem or fancy church buildings), it’s not necessarily in a natural setting (in the mountains or the woods).  But if it’s real worship it will by necessity be in spirit and in truth (that’s indispensably important); and may be anywhere (the geographic setting is insignificant).

In John 3:1-21, Jesus gives his wonderful sermon to Nicodemus.  He explains the difference between  being born of the flesh and being born of the Spirit; (and, never the twain shall meet.)  That which is born of the flesh (also involving the birth waters) is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit (Born again) is spirit.  Jesus made it expressly clear what these things should mean to us.  “True worshipers shall worship the father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”  Jesus, the Master of plain and explicit instruction has made it abundantly clear exactly what he means.  We (every one who would be saved) must yield to the wooing of the Holy Spirit; come in repentance to the Father; and cast ourselves by faith into the arms of Jesus Christ.  There’s no other way; because Jesus is the way!  Today, if we hear his voice!  Not tomorrow!  Today!

A simple message from a simple sinner saved by grace,

Bill

IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

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