Updated: Sep 10, 2020
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
John and his brother James (the older), both disciples of the first 12 that Jesus chose, they both were fishermen and they were nicknamed, “sons of thunder.” Although, they are named together quite frequently, it would be John who would be credited with the book of Revelation, the letters, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John and the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is different from the Synoptic Gospels, it offers a strikingly different picture of Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God. Additionally, contains some of the most beautiful and powerful stories we know about Jesus and most profound and mystical teaching that we find in the Christian scriptures. Therefore, why would John 4:24 be any different, it is a scripture pulled out of the same book.
This is a short scripture but John 4:24 is the most complex yet concise, candid yet confining and conforming yet still comforts. So let’s start there:
The Samaritan woman at the well was fetching water in the heat of the day. Why? Was she an outcast, was she trying to avoid someone or something or was she just simply unsociable? I believe it was the former two. But Jesus “must needs” to go through Samaria, just to talk to her, in the heat of the day, and at the well. Why? First and foremost, Jesus is about His Father’s business and God directed him to her to straighten out a few things about this religious worship idea the Samaritans thought was ideal. In addition, if God takes the time to meet you, he’s going take you somewhere. He wanted her to know that despite her mistakes and the hatred of the Jews towards them, God is still willing to accept her and them into his family. The Samaritan woman believes and receives Jesus as the “I AM HE.” She then tells all that He said, then Jesus ends up staying in the town another 2 days with the townspeople; the same townspeople the Samaritan woman was trying to avoid. Hebrews 11:6 says, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God is a Spirit meaning separate but connected being the Godhead, trinity (God the Father-1st person, Christ-2nd person, Holy Spirit, 3rd person of the trinity),
God is a Spirit meaning He is our creator who is the active principle that vitalizes a living person- US. We come to find out like the Samaritan Woman, God is Complex yet Concise.
Notice, the Samaritan woman did her part and left God’s part to God, unlike me, she did not try and help him. In other words, how can she teach worship of the true and only God when she just learned herself? She believed Jesus, accepted Jesus and testified about Jesus to everyone, even her haters, which was quite a few, she was fetching water in the heat of the day! This religious worship of the Samaritans gave them a false sense of who they were and who they were supposedly worshiping.
Worship is necessary, therefore it behooves us to do it the right and proper way. In addition, Worship is kin to the fact that salvation of men by the intervention of Christ, his suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension. So, in order to worship God, Jesus has to have done an “Intervention.”
Romans 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. The true way of worshiping God first, is that you must needs to accept His Son. God had his Son introduce himself to this most unlikely person to evangelize to the whole town. Why? Because he is Complex yet Concise. God’s way of worship is open to all but specific to all who approach Him. God is Candid yet Confining.
Note, once again, the evangelist is not heard of again in the story, No happily ever after….hmm. Why? Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (Speaking of him and Apollos). Like the Samaritan woman, we as believers must learn to worship in spirit and truth. How is this done? You do this by acting in spirit: you know Him, you desire Him, and humble yourself to his deciding. Your heart and mind adore and revere Him, You are subject to His swaying, and above all, you are devoted to his glory and aspire to be closer to so that he can continually conform you. Next, Jesus, Our Truth, The Truth, Jesus has every attribute of God, Only in Him can we recognize the full extent of the endless love, righteousness, and goodness of god. This God, who meets us in the Bible and who stepped into history in the person of Jesus, is the true God, unique among all that humanity has ever dreamed of acknowledging as deity. As we come to know him as he is and are moved to worship him in spirit and in truth; we are in harmony with the nature of God whom we worship. Why? Because God Conforms yet Comforts.
John was considered feisty in his younger days, asking Jesus should he call down fire on the city that rejected Jesus and bold enough to ask for a seat next to him in heaven and very bold to ask for chief positions in the kingdom, preferably, the number 2 and 3 man on the totem pole; but time has a way of changing people, especially if you’ve been worshiping in spirit and truth. His overarching and underlining theme was always “to love and forgive.” Maybe, like the Samaritan woman, you are avoiding or hiding or you started out like John, ambitious and intolerant. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, where you come from and you may ask, “Why me”? Well, because God has assigned Jesus to you tell you Who you are, What he has in store for your future, the circumstance Where you came from will help others and Why you? Well, why not you, God is no respecter of persons.