Spirit and Truth (John 4:24)

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:24

Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman while His disciples are off getting food. During the conversation, the woman asks a question about the right place to worship — in Jerusalem or elsewhere — and Jesus comments that God the Father is spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and in truth.

I found myself wondering, this morning, if those two words might be capitalized — Spirit and Truth. Jesus will later in John’s gospel say that He (Jesus) is the Truth (cf 14:6). So I got to wondering if Jesus was saying that the true worshipers must worship in the Holy Spirit and the Truth, a.k.a. Jesus Christ. It is a thought and does not, as I consider it, run contrary to any doctrine revealed in scripture (that I can think of at present … I, obviously, can be wrong).

Am I worshiping — telling and showing God the Father what He is worth — in Christ and in the Holy Spirit? There is, I suspect, no other way that I can do that. Paul writes that the Holy Spirit helps my inability to pray as I ought and so translates my sad attempts at expression into groaning that words cannot express. Peter writes that Jesus is my Advocate; my Intercessor; the One Who stands between the Father and me and makes me able to stand in God’s presence. By Christ I am able to enter into the Father’s presence. By the Spirit I am able to speak in a way that fully conveys what is in my heart. In no other way, I think, can I worship the Father as He deserves.

Let me take the time to consider this further and to enter into the Father’s presence through Christ and to speak with the help of the Holy Spirit so that I may be accepted and understood.

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