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Worship of the Triune God is why we were created by Him.  Let’s start with the statements made by Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospel of the apostle John in chapter 4 concerning His conversation with the Samaritan women at the well.  Here is the part of the story I would like to focus on that pertains to the worship of our Father God.

John 4: 7-26     King James Version

7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

After studying several different commentaries and bible versions, the words that are the focus of what Jesus said are found in verse 23.  

  • True worshippers in the Spirit of God versus worshippers by ritual and carnal, fleshly displays to be seen by others
  • Worship the Father in Spirit and Truth which can only come from a person who has been born again and become a new creation by God’s process and not man’s way
  • The Father is the one who sought us first and we answered by surrendering all of us to Him to receive His Spirit and the Truth it brings to us
  • The action of worship comes from the desire to come closer to God the Father forsaking our own knowledge, wisdom and direction
  • As time goes on in the life of a believer we are passionate about seeking the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to know them better and be transformed by them

There are many more aspects that can be added to the short list above.  The study of the Word of God, quiet time in prayer, exploring the attributes and character of God and learning submission to the Holy Spirit will bring us closer to our Father.  Discernment of the Holy Spirit must be earnestly sought after and accepted to grow in Spirit, Truth and Grace.  Our human nature must be crucified daily, our pride exchanged for the humility as exemplified by Jesus of Nazareth while on earth, we must be willing to be baptized into the death of Jesus Christ and realize our faults, sins, iniquities and failures by repentance and be regenerated by the Spirit.

 Pastor Bill Randles of
 Believers in Grace  Ministries teaches about worshiping the Father in Spirit & Truth versus  “Self Will” worship.  God tells us how He desires us to worship Him in His Word.

Pastor Bill Randles founder of Believers in Grace ministries