Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Do I Worship God in Spirit and in Truth?

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary.
The Bible says in 2nd Corinthians 13:5,  "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" In John 4:21-24 the Lord Jesus told the woman at the well in Samaria that, "...Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." God asked the question in Isaiah 40:25"To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." What in this world is anything like Him. It is no wonder then that God was displeased with Israel when they worshiped the golden calf when Aaron said, "...These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt."

God is certainly not like the molten calf mentioned in Nehemiah 9:18 which says, "Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations..." (See also Exodus 32:4 and Psalm 106:19) God is like nothing in this world! He cannot be expressed in any image nor anything else this world has to offer. So God asked the question, "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal?" The Bible says in Numbers 23:19,  "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" (See also 1st Samuel 15:29) Then what is God like?

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 18:17-18"And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." The Spirit of God confirmed to Moses that He would raise up a Messiah of Moses' brethren in whom God would put His words in his mouth. Apostle Peter said in Acts 3:22-23 quoting these verses, "For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." It is for this reason that I want to hear the Lord Jesus when He speaks.

The very thing that the Jews did not like about Jesus Christ was that He had claimed that He and His Father were one. So they picked up stones to stone Him because, "...thou, being a man, makest thyself God. (See John 10:30-33) What they weren't aware of was that the God whom they worshiped, the God that the Lord Jesus told the woman of Samaria was a Spirit, had made Himself man. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. In 1st Timothy 3:16 the Bible says, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." Furthermore the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Colossians 2:9-10"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power..." 

The word "dwelleth," in this scripture means, "to house permanently, that is, reside..." according to Strong's Hebrew-Greek dictionary. The God that cannot be known, who asked the question, what will you make Me like, can only be known in Jesus Christ because that is in Christ where His permanent residence is. This is why, as the ambassador of Christ Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 5:18-19"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."

"God was in Christ." My friend, that is how you or I can worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Only by worshiping Jesus as the Almighty God in Christ the man. He left the splendor of heaven when He was God, to suffer and die upon the cross as a man. (See Philippians 2:5-8) It was because He loved you and I that He did it. Turn to God today, put your faith in Jesus Christ. Make Him your only hope. You will never be sorry.

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