In Spirit & Truth

This is a portion of scripture I hear time and time again.  From Worship leaders, from Pastor’s, across the pulpit, at all kinds of Christian get-togethers . . . it almost always sounds like “we worship God in Spirit and Truth.”

It’s become a cliché in many ways – and you say “how can scripture become a cliché?”  When it’s used over and over and the meaning ends up getting missed or lost, or simply thinned out to almost nothing.

It’s sounds good though doesn’t it?  “We worship God in Spirit and Truth.”
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But what does it mean?  And . . . I often ask people to explain it.  And too often I get a blank look back at me.  I mean it’s true, it’s scripture, but if we don’t know what it means . . . well – know what I’m saying?

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What does it mean?  It’s smoky, it’s mysterious, it’s breathtaking, it’s surrender, it’s a little demanding, it’s full of awe, it’s abandoned, it’s weighty and Glorious, it’s potential is limitless!

Why?

Context!  Jesus was talking to the woman at Jacob’s Well, a Samaritan.  You know most of the story right? He’s just been telling her about drinking of the water’s of heaven and that if she does she will never thirst again.  So already the scene is quite mysterious, she’s intrigued.  They talk about worshipping on the mountain (Samaritan style) or worshipping in Jerusalem (Jewish style) – Jesus said . . .

John 4:23-24 (NIV)

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

 

Let’s just hit on one word in that passage – “Spirit” – in the greek it is “pneuma” (noo-mah) and the famous “Vine’s Dictionary of New Testament Words” use Breath, Breathe, Spirit, Wind to help us understand the passage.  Now without even going to the Vine’s to look up those words in context, you have the distinct feeling that “worshipping in spirit” is meant to be a pretty amazing experience right?

Back to Jesus . . .

Jesus said that to say that He IS the new and He has brought in the new, the joining of the  believer with the Spirit of God, and that we would be Baptized in the Holy Spirit and an infilling will occur – Him in us, us carrying Him around inside (The Temple of The Holy Spirit – 1 Cor 6:19) – that He, Jesus IS the Truth and the trueness of the entire Trinity’s Presence in our worship is “how” true worshippers will worship – it’s a full blown SUPERNATURAL experience – Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Us and all the “living beings and elders” from Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4 that we can’t see, but are there!

So, when we quote that scripture, are we actually saying that?  Do we know that experience? Are we experiencing that on Sunday morning?  And are we experiencing that in our own time of private worship?  Do we have that expectation?  Or are we just going through the motions?

Let’s get it all, be it all, do it all!  In Spirit and Truth!

AMEN

 

God is amazing!

 

See You In Church Church!

In His Amazing Name

Ps Glenn Feehan – True NORTH Church.  Frisco Texas

 

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~ by Glenn Feehan on February 19, 2016.

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