John 4:24: Worshiping God in Spirit & Truth
As you likely know, the Bible commands Christians to worship God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
But what many today have evidently forgotten is...it also describes HOW God wants to be worshiped.
Jesus clarified this when He said that true worshipers must worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
Before scratching the mere surface of that profound statement, let's first take a step back and look at the oft-forgotten reasons why
we worship in the first place...
Reminding us why we "worship"
Worship means: "Paying reverent honor and homage to someone or something; adoring reverence or regard."
Re-examining that definition should do at least two things: (1) Remind us of what worship to God and Christ SHOULD entail, and,
(2) Remind us that—if we're not careful—we can inadvertently find ourselves worshiping things (greed, materialism,
entertainment, etc) or even
people (athletes, entertainers, etc) above (or on an equal level to) God Himself.
If you stop to think about it for a moment, our God and Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, greatly deserve to be worshiped and
praised for all the wonderful things they have done for us. They've made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I could have the hope of
eternal life, a real hope of life beyond this life, which is often filled with disappointment, grief, and pain. May we never forget that
we are utterly unworthy of these awesome blessings!
God gave His one and only Son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we could receive eternal life. And Jesus willingly
submitted to tremendous suffering and torture in order to make this possible. The Bible says:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
...I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
The blessings we have because of God's grace
Because of this grace and mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord, we now have the key of hope that unlocks the power to overcome the kinds of problems
that do—or have—plagued every adult on earth, such as...
...Anxiety which often leads to depression, negative thinking, sexual addictions,
drug addictions, food addictions, lack of confidence, fearfulness, dishonesty, hatred, resentment, pride, uncontrolled anger—and
the list goes on. With a sincere dedication to our Lord's will, we now have the power, through Christ, to overcome all sin.
The Bible says:
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
All of us also...at one time [were] gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by
nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in
transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms
in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by
grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...
God, and Christ's, worthiness to receive praise
What a blessing it is to have this power through Christ! And when we commit ourselves to doing God's will, we are promised the greatest gift of all:
forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation.
How incredible these blessings are and how worthy our God and Lord Jesus are to receive praise—in other words, to be WORSHIPED!
[Speaking of Christ]: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you
purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation..."
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels,
numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the
In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor
and glory and praise!"
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them,
singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the
throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and
The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:
"Amen, Hallelujah!" Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small
and great!" Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder,
shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the
Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready."
Because God and Christ are so deserving of praise and honor on a regular basis, God has understandably commanded that we
worship Him both habitually—and properly.
If you need help contacting a congregation that worships God "in spirit and in truth", please
and we will plan to help direct you to a nearby church.