True Worshippers


In John 4 Jesus is speaking with a Samaritan woman.  She asks a question concerning worship.  Her question concerned the place worship was to take place.  Jesus said, “A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.”  He goes on to say, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.”  Too often our interpretation of Jesus comment is centered in our pre-conceived doctrine.  This is equal to attempting to put a square peg in a round hole.  It just isn’t the way it ought to be done.  Doctrine is built on interpretation; interpretation is never to be decided by our pre-conceived doctrine.  Our Doctrine has often determined that the correct interpretation is as follows:  correct worship is done with correct attitude (spirit) and with proper items and elements of worship (truth) as determined by the worship pattern found in the New Testament.

Jesus could just as easily said to the Samaritan woman, “You are asking the wrong question.”  True worshippers aren’t determined by where they worship.  True worship isn’t determined by the ritualism of Judaism nor by following a ritualistic pattern we might find in Scripture.  Jesus was telling this woman worship was going to change drastically from what had been known up until that point.

In Romans 12:1-2 Scripture says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”  The day was coming when the patternistic worship of Judaism with its dead sacrifices would no longer suffice.  Soon true worshippers would offer their lives as living sacrifices.  Paul said this is your “spiritual act of worship.”  The new was drastically different from the old way of Judaism.  This new way of worshipping the Lord in spirit was more than ritualism with attitude.

In John 17:17 Jesus said, “Sanctify them by the truth;  your word is truth.”  The Word being referred to is Christ Himself.  John 17:18-19 gives us insight as it says, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world,  for them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”  In addition Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life no man comes to the Father except by me.”  Jesus is truth.  Living lives of sacrifice in Christ represents the true worshipper.  If we want the spiritual blessing of being a true worshipper we must be in Christ.  How drastically different this is from the Jewish patternism in the day of the Samaritan woman.  How different this is from the legalistic patternism of today.


One Response to True Worshippers

  1. Good stuff!

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