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In Spirit And Truth


John 4:15-26

Last week we covered the first 15 verses of this chapter and I am not going to cover those verses again.  Instead, I want to bring your attention to some of the primary lessons out of the verses that were read.

First, look with me at vs. 15. Jesus has just told this Samarian woman that if she knew who He was, and the “living water” He could give her, she would ask Him for something to drink instead of Him asking her.”

So she says in vs. 15: “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty, nor come all the way here to draw.”

She is only doing what others will do and are still doing today. People have always mocked Christ.

Well, Jesus is going to get her attention, look at vs. 16: He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” 

And this is what people today, perhaps even some of us, need to learn or be reminded of- Jesus knows!

 So, now this Samaritan woman starts to realize that this Jewish man is something more than just a man; vs. 19:  “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father.

If God is there, does that mean that He is not in some other place?

God has always wanted to be among His people, that was true when Adam and Eve were in the garden; and that was the primary reason why He had the tabernacle built in the wilderness and the temple built in Jerusalem.

Look at this from Eph 2:19-22:  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

1 Cor 3:16  Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

 1 Cor 6:19  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

2 Cor 6:16  Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,  “I will dwell in them and walk among them;  And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

 It is not about geography or location; you don’t have to go to a high mountain or a shrine to get close to Him because, if you are a child of God He already dwells in you.

Now Vs. 22. Jesus speaks to the woman and He says:  You (plural) worship that which you do not know; we (plural) worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Now, vs. 23: But an hour is coming (things are changing), and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; . 23 For such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 And “true worshippers” worship the Father in truth: truth in this verse is the truth revealed in God’s word.

Now, if “true worshipers” are to worship in “spirit and truth” if an individual doesn’t worship in spirit and truth, what is he?

And notice vs. 23: For such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

 24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 Vs. 25   The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” 

 Now, from vs. 20-24 you find the word “worship” in some form or another 9 times; that is the topic of discussion.

Look at 1 Peter 2:4:  And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Look at this in Rom 12:1-2:  I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

So, in John 4:24 Jesus says that we are to “worship God in spirit and truth.”

But if someone blows a kiss to us and doesn’t mean it, how does it make you feel?

Well, we get an idea. Look at this verse in Matthew 15:1:  Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 And He answered and said to them, “And why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 “For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 5 “But you say, ‘Whoever shall say to his father or mother,” Anything of mine you might have been helped by has been given to God, ”  6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And thus you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

 8’This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. 9’But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ “

24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

When you consider all that He has done for us physically and spiritually, no one and no thing is worthy of our sincere, truthful worship than God is.

Now, in this chapter Jesus offers this Samaritan woman “living water” that “will spring up to eternal life.”