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Message of the Day: The New Locale Of True Worship!

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24, NKJV)

When the Pharisees saw the crowds following Jesus they took an increasing interest in him. No doubt they were becoming jealous and soon might become violent. Jesus therefore decided to leave Judea for Galilee. As Jesus approached one of the villages of Samaria, he began a conversation with a Samaritan woman whom he met at a well. They talked about the “living water” that Jesus offered her. She did not understood it. Realizing that the woman would have to see her personal sin before she could see her spiritual need, Jesus began to speak of her marital affairs. At first she tried to hide her sins, but Jesus’ searching remarks soon made her realize that she was in the presence of one with divine knowledge. (John 4:1-19)

She therefore turned the conversation to religion by referring to the dispute between Jews and Samaritans about the location of the Temple. Jesus told her that the important matters were not those of race or locality, but those that concerned a right attitude of spirit and a right relation with God. (John 4:20-24)

The place of worship is irrelevant, because true worship must be in keeping with God’s nature, which is spirit. The passage provides the new locale of true worship. This worship must be of spiritual nature – must come from the heart through the Holy Spirit, and it must be in truth, not only in sincerity, but performed according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the entire Scripture. In John’s Gospel truth is associated with Christ, a fact that has great importance for the proper understanding of Christian worship.

We worship God in spirit when we have the right attitude of heart and spirit, and a right relationship with Him!

Sources:

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. Third Edition. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature Inc., 2002.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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