Friday, January 4, 2019


True Worshippers

“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.” John 4:23

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.” John 4:23


The question should surface – “When does this come to fruition?”

God’s gracious and patient dialogue with the Samaritan woman gives us the answer. It is in “an hour coming.” The KJV gives another answer with the future tense “shall worship.” That is a future tense. This is one of the reasons Christ was sent to earth because the Father is seeking true worshippers. The only place he has found them up to this point is in heaven itself where the angels continuously worship and serve Him. Worship involves service (Rom. 12:1-2) and that service is based upon truth as taught by God. Spirit led is the state of a man who has been saved from a condition where the spirit is said to be dead, inactive, motionless, and in hiding towards God, Eph. 2:5

Prior leadership came from the desires of the flesh. Eph 2:3. Eph. 3:10, or from false teachers. 2 Pet 2:1.. At this point the flesh relinquishes control in order to serve the spirit and its leadership from the Holy Spirit Who now indwells the person forever. John 14:16.
The Samaritan woman had been falsely led into certain doctrines that Truth Himself gave her the correct teaching and that concerning correct worship the father desired to see from believers. They were to base their belief on truth so that their spirit would respond with conduct and service. When she learned that worship could even be done where this lady presided as well as Jerusalem. When she learned she was in the presence of the promised Messiah her conduct responded with service. She gave the gospel to those she knew. Even a Samaritan can display worship based on truth and her spirit responded as it should.

            The dead spirit is quickened by the Holy Spirit Eph. 2:1; Rom. 4:17. The Spirit begins His threefold work of cleansing that we call sanctification. His method is accomplished through the instrumentality of the word using it to reveal, cleanse, as well as transform. Revealing first our sinful condition James 1:23-24; Heb. 4:12-13. It then cleanses us from those sinful ways Eph. 5:26; John 15:3. And then it transforms us into the very image of Christ 2 Cor. 3:18. Virtues grow in the places of vices. Now we are able to live our life like Christ John 5:26; 1 Pet 3:18. We are now made up of the body, soul, quickened spirit as well as the Holy Spirit; a very complex organism at this point.

            At salvation, the spirit now made alive has a limited palette to work with having just been made conscious by the Holy Spirit of sin, righteousness, and judgment John 16:8. Since the spirit was dead this took a supernatural act of God. Immediately, the new convert is instructed to be baptized and that in a certain way Matt 28:19. This brings more information to the palette concerning God and the triune involvement of the whole Godhead in the salvation. Along with baptism the convert is to renew his mind and enrich his spirit by being taught to observe all things whatsoever Christ has commanded Matt 28:20. This will involve all in the church in order to accomplish this task. No one man separate from Christ can perform this task. Even Christ has chosen to use gifted men of the Spirit to accomplish this 1 Cor. 12. Each Church has been gifted with a variety of gifts as the Spirit wills 1 Cor. 12:11. With the Spirit gifting men all the possible situations that might arise in the local body can be handled not by a board or council but by those that shall judge angels 1 Cor. 6:2-3 as well as the world. The kingdom of men differs greatly from the Kingdom of God especially in the idea concerning leadership Luke 22:24.

            Christ demands worship to be in the spirit and truth. John 4:23-24. Now that is possible and since the convert is a spiritual, pneumatical individual, he becomes a priest of a special order and that forever. 1 Cor. 15:44; Heb. 5:6; 1 Pet. 2:4-10.

            To walk this new way takes a conscious decision to co-operate this way Rom. 6:11-13. Jesus was the example of living His life in the Spirit side. He was anointed for ministry by the Spirit of God. He went down into the wilderness to temptation, driven by the Spirit of God. He came out of the wilderness and went back again to ministry in the power of the Spirit of God. He wrought miracles, as the record declares, by this self-same power of the Spirit. He came to the sublime mystery of His death, and we hear the word again, “through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself without blemish unto God.” He came to the morning of resurrection, and by the power of that Spirit He took life again, and came back into human consciousness and being. He tarried for forty days among His disciples, and, as Luke, the accurate Greek, the cultured scholar, tells us, He instructed His disciples by the Holy Ghost long before the Spirit was poured upon them. I open the Gospel of John, and read: “In Him was life” essential life ”and the life was the light of men.” What is the life of Jesus? Spiritual life, not spiritual life as we too often use the phrase, as though it were something distinct from human life; but spiritual life in the simplest, and broadest, and profoundest sense of the truth that all life is life by the Spirit of God. The life of Jesus is life in the Spirit from beginning to end, and when I read that “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men,” I understand the evangelist to mean that if I want to know what life really is, I must look at Him physically, mentally, and spiritually, and see this truth, that all life is by the Spirit of God. Man’s being, in all its complex wonders, is the creation of the Spirit of God, and the proper use of all the powers of the being is possible only in submission to the Spirit of life.

            So that when we speak of regeneration, or of the filling of the Spirit, or of the anointing of the Spirit, or of spiritual life in the deepest and profoundest sense of the term, we are not asking men to enter a range or realm of life for which they were not made. We are calling them back to normality, to naturalness, to the fulfillment of the deepest and profoundest meaning of their own first creation. A man does not by his new birth become something other than himself. He becomes himself, as he never has been until by that new birth he finds himself.

            The new man walks Eph. 4:1; Col. 2:6 now as Christ walked. Adam walked each day with God in the cool of the day. Gen. 3:8 as well as Enoch who walked with Him Gen. 5:22. Conversation with the Leader Matt 23:10 as well as reading from His book brings enlightenment, direction, and purpose to the spirit each and every day Luke 24:27; John 14:26. Said Jesus, “I am the Light of the world." (John 8:12).  He was born of the Spirit (Matt. 1:20), baptized of the Spirit (Luke 3:22), led of the Spirit into the wilderness (Luke 4:1); He went in the power of the Spirit to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Luke 4:14); He wrought miracles through the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:18); He came to the mystery of His death and offered Himself without blemish through the eternal Spirit unto God (Heb. 9:14); He came to resurrection morning and by the power of the Spirit He came back into human consciousness (1 Peter 3:18); for forty days He then instructed His disciples concerning the Kingdom of God by the Spirit (Acts 1:2-4). Of Him, the meek and lowly, the Galilean peasant according to human measurement, the great central truth may be spoken: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith Jehovah.”

And the new man said He to His own disciples, and through them to the whole Church to the end of the age, “Ye are the light of the world.” They are born of the Spirit (Gal 3:3), baptized by the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), sealed by the Spirit (Eph. 1:13), anointed by the Spirit (1 John 2:20), filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). They speak with tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). They receive gifts which equip them for service in the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:11). They are a spiritual company, and the power which makes them able to shine as lights in the world is the power of the indwelling Spirit of God. “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord.”

            We are light bearers John 8:12 and that is reflected light made bright by the ministry of His Spirit of all the things He has commanded. Matt 28:19. Christ is our lampstand amongst all the churches Rev. 1:12-13 casting light into the darkness. In the end there is no more darkness Rev. 22:5.

            We no longer are able to suffer separation Rev. 1:18; Rom 6:9. At resurrection the spirit is endowed with a new and indissoluble relation to the material body.1 Cor. 15:42 It is raised an imperishable body and now capable of lasting for eternity.

  • Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker (Psalm 95:6). Israel’s desire but unattained by them so far.
  • You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name (Deuteronomy 6:13).
  • And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (Luke 4:8). Peter followed and made promises he would follow and serve Him but actually ended up denying Him 3 times. At this point he was not born of the Spirit.
  • All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God (Revelation 7:11). This is one place where the father finds true worship.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6) The destination given in Deuteronomy of the nation Israel. Again this is a future prospect and is only attained by the nation after great tribulation.

Jesus quoted those words when the lawyer asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22:36). Three of the gospel books record the various occasions when the Lord Jesus referenced the necessity of a heart and mind and soul and strength that would love the God of heaven and Earth (Matthew 22:36-39; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:27). This approach is attested many times elsewhere in Scripture.

  • But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but “the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7) and He said The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) therefore in need of redemption.
  • For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15). Christ’s residence is in heaven with redeemed people (“absent from the body present with the Lord”) along with the angels and from where He performs His work of redemption using sanctification of the contrite ones like Peter who denied Him 3 times. And when He told His followers He was returning to heaven to begin to finish His 3-fold sanctification process of His followers Peter asked if he might follow Him at that point and He told him Where I am about to go flesh and blood cannot survive long enough. The flesh has desires it needs to be rid of, for they cause death and where I go is an eternal place.” John 13:33 That is why Jesus said this: "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." And it is also says in Rev. 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it (the New Heaven and the New Earth) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. John 13:33  John 13:33 That is why Jesus said this: "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." And it is also says in Rev. 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it (the New Heaven and the New Earth) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.That is why Jesus said this "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." And it is also says in Rev. 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it (the New Heaven and the New Earth) anything that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.” That is at the point of completed sanctification, not to be left on earth but when He returns to take them with Him to heaven and there they are to serve and worship as the angels.
  • Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4), rearrange your focus, while awaiting what happens at the completion of sanctification at His second coming, where your standing will match your state.

·       Nothing in the created universe could be directly compared to the Creator Himself. Any attempt at physical representation strikes at the heart’s core of rebellion, in that a person who does this has “changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things....who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:23-25).

·       Furthermore, the third command makes clear that those who would dare to “take the name of the vain” (Exodus 20:7) would be considered as attempting to relegate the Creator to the contempt of a “worthless” reference. Finally, the fourth commandment demands that humanity follow the design and process of the creation week. God “worked” six days and rested one (Exodus 20:11) and, therefore, demanded that man honor the “rest day” in a perpetual commemoration of what God had accomplished. Today many in the church use that day as the others, a day of work. Millennia later, the Lord Jesus noted that He had designed the six-day workweek into the fabric of creation itself: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Man awaits the Second Coming of the Lord and then he attains a perfect body, a perfect mind as well as a perfect heart. Then the Sabbath will be used for its original purpose.

God is interested in the integrity of our “inner man” (Ephesians 3:16). True worshipers eventually who “bow down” in their love to the heavenly Father will seek to allow the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in their spirits. Please note that this fruit is all spiritual: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

While God does demand “spiritual sacrifices” (1 Peter 2:5), He also most certainly expects us to “do” truth with our observable behavior (1 John 1:6). Jesus insisted that those who ran from the light of His message were easily spotted because they were “practicing evil” (John 3:20). But in contrast, “he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:21). He will use great tribulation to bring this about.


  • “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).
  • “But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5).
  • “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21). He will manifest Himself, at the end of the tribulation to rescue Israel from a  certain end of the place on this earth.
  • “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Israel spreads the gospel to the entire earth during the tribulation. (Matt. 24:14)
  • “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:2-3).

Perhaps the greatest endowment that the New Testament saint has been given is the “new creation” that God executes in us when we are twice-born. We are given “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), the Spirit of truth (John 16:13), “the riches of His all wisdom and prudence” (Ephesians 1:7-8), that is His second part of His sanctification process but not the end when “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4-5). That part will be won at the Second Coming of Christ. We have been given “all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3), enabling us to become “true worshipers eventually [who] shall worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).

Discipline yourself to do truth as you “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13) co-operating with the Holy Spirit Who was left to bring to remembrance all the things He left us and spoke to us. With our spiritual worship wholesome and our truthful worship active at last, we should find it “cheerful” to give, knowing that in return “it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). We await your return for the final piece of sanctification that brings meaning to our lives as never before.

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