The Woman at the Well - True Worshippers Worship the Father in Spirit and Truth
T rue Worshippers Worship the Father in Spirit and Truth
THE FATHER SEEKETH SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. GOD IS A SPIRIT, AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH!
We are not told of many things in the Bible that the Father (God), seeks. We know that the Good Shepherd will leave the ninety and nine in the safety of the fold, and go after that which is lost until He finds it. The stress upon the importance of Evangelism is here clearly seen.
Luke 15:3-7 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he loose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it. And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
God the Father clearly seeks WORSHIPPERS that will render TRUE WORSHIP. The only acceptable form is, worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1 Corinthians 14:2,14-16 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Jude 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
To any open-minded, unprejudiced person, praying in the spirit, singing in the spirit, talking in the spirit, in the light of these verses of Holy Scripture, is doing so in TONGUES. It is virtually impossible to worship God in the spirit without being BAPTISED IN THE HOLY GHOST!
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, RECEIVED YE THE SPIRIT by the works of the law, or by the HEARING OF FAITH? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Sincerity alone is not enough. You can be sincere, but be sincerely wrong!
1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of SINCERITY and TRUTH.
What is TRUTH?
That question was asked the Saviour two thousand years ago. The answer?
John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, WHAT IS TRUTH? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
John 17:17 Sanctify them they truth: THY WORD IS TRUTH.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, is come, he will guide you into ALL TRUTH: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and HE WILL SHOW YOU THINGS TO COME.
Worshipping in SPIRIT AND TRUTH is unveiled by our Lord in this deeply, personal interview with the Woman at the Well. The two dominant words that emerge from the dialogue, are: DRAW and DEEP. DRAWING is vitally connected with WORSHIP, for as we have seen in a most comprehensive manner, WORSHIP DRAWS GOD.
The word DEEP is inseparably connected to TRUTH. God desires that truth be found in the innermost recesses of the human spirit.
THE FATHER SEEKETH WORSHIPPERS. Worshippers in SPIRIT and TRUTH.
Determine that you will become a TRUE worshipper. Apart from love, it is the only thing a human being can offer to God. Be honest and sincere. Be true to yourself and to God. Seek the mighty baptism of the Holy Spirit, that you might truly bring an offering to the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and Truth.