How Do I Worship in Spirit and Truth?

Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:21-24

The Samaritans believed that God’s temple was to be built on the mountain of Gerizim, and not in Jerusalem. What Jesus is saying in the scripture above is that in the New Covenant in Christ, true worshippers will no longer have to travel to man-made temples to worship God, but that the Holy Spirit will indwell within His people and they will be His temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Notice what Jesus says about the method in which His people (the church) must worship. The true worshippers of God must worship in spirit and truth.

To worship in spirit means that one must be indwelled with the Holy Spirit, a promise given to those that place their faith in the redemptive work of Christ (Ezekiel 11:19) To worship in spirit has less to do with “worshipping spirited,” and more to do with wholeheartedly laying down our old self, or flesh, and submitting to the Spirit in obedience (Ezekiel 36:27).

In reading the entire narrative in John 4, notice that the Samaritan woman assumed worshipping God was relevant to how God was viewed (John 4:20). A low view or lack of reverence for God will produce cheap, emotion-driven worship.

Without a proper view of Christ, our worship turns to idolatry.

Therefore, the second requirement Jesus gives to true worshippers of God is truth. The mark of a true Christian is believing in the sufficiency of Scripture. The Bible is our ultimate and objective standard of Truth. Because we hold to that confession, our right view of the supremacy of Christ comes from His very Word.

To put it concisely, the church is to worship God according to the truth of His Word, empowered to do so by the Holy Spirit indwelling within us.

Please share your favorite stories of worship and faith if you have time to do so! I just love when people share their stories of faith with me! And thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my posts!


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9 thoughts on “How Do I Worship in Spirit and Truth?

  1. Greetings, Technerd!

    I wanted to take a minute to let you know that I’ve read a number of your posts and you are doing a great job. It’s evident that you are highly gifted and filled with the wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit who leads you in all understanding and knowledge of Him. Thank you for following His leading to share with the world what He has imparted to you.

    With that said I have only one small piece of advice from a fellow blogger . . . if you use or cull information from a source, be sure to reference the book, author, publication or website somewhere on the post. It’s just a courtesy to the original author, and doing so can spare you from complaints.

    Anyway…just my advice…take it for what it’s worth and keep up the great work!! — God Bless 🙂

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  2. Nice blog! Though it took ages to scroll down to reach the ‘Follow’ button. 🙂 Anyway, I enjoyed reading some of the Bible passages you posted and commentaries of yours while on my journey. God bless!

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  3. It’s okay now. Maybe the root of the problem lay elsewhere. What happened was that your posts kept repeating in clusters as I kept scrolling.

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