In spiritandtruth

The truth dawns

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” -Jesus

(John 4:23-24  The Message)

I used to think that this passage, often translated “worship Him in spirit and in truth,” was about balancing left brain and right brain approaches to life, that is, the intuitive feely stuff versus solid doctrinal fact-filled logical study. My interpretation was an attempt to find balance between my flag-waving, dancing-in-the-aisles, go-with-the-flow friends and my chapter-and-verse, decently-and-in-order friends. Then I started thinking, since when is worshiping God in spirit not worshiping in truth, and since when does worship in truth not involve the spirit? I checked with a Koine Greek scholar and he said those two words are not separated in the Greek. It does not say “worship Him in spirit but also worship Him in truth”. It says “worship Him in spiritandtruth.”

The discussion Jesus was having with the Samaritan woman was about where proper worship should take place. He answered her place question by saying the time is coming -oh, wait a second, it’s here now- that you will worship Him in the reality of the spiritual.

Paul wrote in Colossians 1:27: For I am a minister of the Church by divine commission, a commission granted to me for your benefit and for a special purpose: that I might fully declare God’s word—that sacred mystery which up to now has been hidden in every age and every generation, but which is now as clear as daylight to those who love God. They are those to whom God has planned to give a vision of the full wonder and splendour of his secret plan for the sons of men. Yes, and the secret is simply this: Christ in you! Christ in you bringing with him the hope of all glorious things to come. (Phillips)

Christ in me?


8 thoughts on “In spiritandtruth

    1. Hi Janelle,
      I really should have everything worked out on paper before I blog. This is still in process with me and the answer to your question is longer than this space would permit, but briefly this is what I am learning.

      Jesus said to the woman: John 4:21, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

      Where does the Spirit dwell? In us. 1 John 4: 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God;

      Jesus told the Pharisees in Luke 17:20, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

      Jesus said he is the Truth. His Spirit lives in us in “the inner man” or “the heart”.Eph 3:14, For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

      So worship now does not take place in a building or place but in our own hearts where He lives. We don’t need to go to “God’s house” to worship or beg him to be near us. He already is. He says we are his temple, so this place he told the Samaritan woman about is pneuma alithea –spirit and true reality, a higher truth beyond what can be handled or measured, or the reality of the Spirit-filled place. It is the Holy Spirit within us. The church is made up of people who are in Christ (lots of references in Ephesians) and in whom Christ dwells (lots in Colossians).

      I was so excited to learn there is also a difference between being filled with the Holy Spirit within for sanctification and growth and having the Holy Spirit come upon one for the purpose of being equipped for a task. The Greek uses two different words, pletho and pleroo. He also comes along side (paraclete).I plan to blog about that soon.
      I hope this makes sense. You are a blessing to me.


    1. I love the story of Gehazi, Elisha’s servant who saw the armies of the enemy surrounding them. That was the truth. He was not lying about what he saw -nor was he required to. But when Elisha asked for his eyes to be opened he saw that the forces from God in the spiritual realm were so much greater, he had another dose of greater truth that put the first into perspective. Layers of truth – LOVE it too!
      Bless you this night, dear Deborah.


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