John 4:23-24 – A bible study
John 4:23-24 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. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
This bible verse, in my opinion, is the most prolific scripture regarding worship and, as a lover of worship, has always grabbed my attention.
For that reason, I will be breaking this scripture down so that we can really grasp the meaning & depth of what Jesus was trying to convey.
I pray this study on worship will bless you and encourage you to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus as you encounter Him in a real and life changing way.
3. How do we worship in Spirit & in Truth?
When we worship in Spirit and in Truth, we do this simultaneously, however, for the purpose of this study, we will look at them separately to begin with.
To worship in Spirit
We have been created with a spirit, which is at the very core of who we are.
It is our spirit that connects with our maker God so when we worship we are doing something much more than just a physical act.
When we worship in Spirit we go beyond what is physical.
God is Spirit, so when connecting with God in worship, we must step out of the physical realm and into the spiritual.
We cannot do this without first being filled with The Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit that gives us understanding and allows us to connect spiritually with God.
The Holy Spirit is not earned or learned but is a gift to be received when you confess with all your heart that Jesus is Lord.
Spiritual eyes are opened when you receive the Holy Spirit and you begin to perceive things as God does. Only then can we worship in Spirit.
To worship in Truth
The word worship actually derives from worth-ship.
When we worship God in Truth, we are declaring that God alone is worthy of our praise and reverence.
We worship in Truth and confess with our mouths how awesome our God is.
We confess the Truth of who God is and what He has done for us, even during times of discouragement.
We worship knowing the truth; that our God is good, merciful, forgiving and full of love.
Despite what our circumstances say, we declare the truth in worship that our God is love and is for us and not against us.
We worship God in the truth of
- Who He is
- Who we are in Him and
- What He has done for us
Bringing Spirit & Truth together
We connect with God through the Holy Spirit declaring the truth of who God is and what He has done for us.
“Worship is our innermost being responding with praise for all that God is, through our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself” (John MacArthur The Ultimate Priority p. 127).