John 4:20-26, “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.”
As Jesus mentions in this passage, Samaritans were worshipers. However, their only problem is that they did not know who they were worshipping. By the same token, I am convinced that in our churches today, many people come to worship a God they know little or nothing about. They may know about Him, but have little or no understanding of who He really is; most times, because they haven’t studied His word enough to actually get to know Him. How can we worship the true God and still believe that there are many ways to Him? If we truly worship Him, how can we still believe in evolution, and conclude that abortion and homosexuality are not sin? How can we worship God and still embrace gambling and many other vile things that are contrary to the God revealed in the divine scriptures? Some people struggle with dealing and accepting because they are learning, the ones mentioned here are those who have bluntly rejected many of these truths and have acknowledged their way to be okay, they have even given seals of approvals. True worshipers know who their God is, and what He requires of them.
In Acts 17:16, Paul encountered the Jews and Gentiles in Athens. These people were very religious, they worshipped idols and other unknown gods. They worshipped gods, but they did not worship the true God because they had never been introduced to Him. They were zealous, but they lacked knowledge. In verse 22 and 23 of the same chapter, Paul says to them “vs. 22…Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:” Acts 17:22-23.” The true worshippers of God the Father must worship him in spirit and truth. These two go hand in hand. By spirit, the scripture isn’t referring to the Holy Spirit, but the human spirit–a willing heart. For true worship to occur, a willing heart must be accompanied by truth. God has magnified His Word above His name. I believe the reason for this is simply that believers may learn Biblical truth and turn their worship to Him in spirit and truth. This is one of the reasons I love the preaching of the Word. The preaching of the word exalts Christ, the God of the Bible, rather than the god of my choosing. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Divine Word will not. With this understanding, the word is preeminent to every other form of manifestation.
Paul Washer, a preacher and missionary with Heart Cry Missionary Society said “Preaching is not the end for those who are hearing, but the means to worship.” In Psalm 138:2,David says, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your loving kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” The Lord had ordained a center of unity; a place of sacrifice and a house of His indwelling, and David accepted the type of worship revealed in the Lord’s Word. Even so, a true-hearted believer in this day must not fall into the will worship of superstition, or the wild worship of skepticism, but worship reverently as the Lord Himself describes in His word. When Christ is exalted, the Word is the means to an end whereby which God is worshipped.
Jesus preached nothing but truth to the Samaritan woman at the well. He did not sugarcoat her sin; instead, He exposed her adulterous lifestyle, but stated that only in true repentance would she finally be able to worship the Holy and Just God. We see the same thing while Paul was preaching to the Athenians Therefore, let us adore the Lord who has spoken to us by His word, and by His Son. In the presence of unbelievers, let us both praise His holy Name and extol His Holy Word. Blessings Ev
- A True Worshiper Of God, Part 1of2, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Freed To Serve Him, Part 2of2, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- I Must Exalt Christ, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- The Testimony Of God, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)