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But 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.
is it? It is hard to define, but we know it when we see it! We see it in
the eyes of a young man who is truly in love with a young woman and who
is courting her. We see it at rock concerts, football games, and
baseball games. Performers and sports stars have fan clubs and followers
that are completely dedicated to the person that they are worshipping.
involves what we say, what we do, and it often involves our posture
(since in some cases we bow or fall down). When a political leader is
worshipped, it involves submission and obedience.
wants or seeks our worship. How do we worship Him? The first thing the
Father wants is for us to put the right value on His Son, the Lord Jesus
Christ. We do that when we come as sinners and trust in Christ as our
Savior. It is interesting that the Lord used a woman from Samaria that
the world would call a sinner to illustrate His teaching. She became a
true worshipper that day when she met the Lord. She told others, ďCome,
see a man, which told me all things that ever I didĒ (verse 29).
cannot be simply ritualistic. The Jews knew all about the old testament
rituals but missed the vital relationship with God that true worship
demands. They knew nothing of worshipping in the Spirit.
cannot be contrary to Godís desires. The Samaritans were not following
the commands of God in their worship but were using their contemporary
and revised system of worship. They were not worshipping in truth.
demands a living, joyful, enthusiastic relationship with the Lord and
true worship demands that we do what pleases the Father and not what
pleases us. Are we worshipping in spirit and in truth?
of September 1, 2002
not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my
Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I
am, there ye may be also.
anxious seems to be the nature of man. We are anxious about world
events, our children, our jobs or businesses, our retirements and even
about whether that little bump on our arm is something to worry about.
We even worry about the fact that we are worrying. Do you suppose that
has anything to do with our TRUST? We know that when we trust in
ourselves or in other humans we have plenty to worry about. However,
when we trust in (believe in) the Lord, we have nothing to worry about.
this passage, our trust is to be in the Lord Jesus. The Jews claimed to
trust in Jehovah, the God of the old testament but they wouldnít trust
in Christ. However, the Lord Jesus is God manifest or made known in the
flesh (1Timothy 3:16) and He wants our trust. He wants to speak peace to
each one of us through His word. If we truly trust Him, we will have
peace about the future (there is a place prepared for us) and we will
not be anxious about the present (we wonít be troubled) since He has
the ability and authority to save us as well as to keep us. For example
He says, ďI pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
but that thou shouldest keep them from the evilď (John 17:15).
arenít ready to live until we are ready to die. We arenít ready to
die until we have put our trust in the one who died for us. (But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Romans 5:8) If He loved us that much, we should be
able to trust Him for time as well as for eternity. Surely, that should
give us peace and rest and keep us from being troubled.
of September 8, 2002
16:24, 28; Romans 10:17
16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the
16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
we think of power, we think of dynamite or a nuclear bomb. However, do we
understand the power of what we say?
word can make us happy. Just try complimenting someone and see if you donít
leave them smiling. The President can affect oil prices and the stock
market by the things he says.
word can make us angry and agitated. Have you ever gotten up in the
morning feeling really good and then had someone ask you if you are
feeling all right? Have you noticed how that question can change your mood
from one of euphoria to one of concern.
word can spoil friendships. Whether we do it deliberately or whether we do
it unintentionally, we can come between friends by the words that say.
wonder the Lord is described as the Word of God (John 1:1,14). He not only
is the message of God, He is the vehicle that conveys that message. He has
the power to save and He has the power to condemn. We marvel at the
gracious words that He spoke (Luke 4:22). Those of us who have believed in
Him, find His words assuring and comforting.
are powerful things. They can give us promises to rely on, they can inform
us, they can motivate us. The word of God can save us. When we believe
that Christ is God (the Word was God, John 1:1) and when we believe that
the Word is reliable and trustworthy, then we can have the assurance that
our sins are forgiven. The Word of God says that the Son of man hath power
on earth to forgive sins (Mark 2:10). The power of the Word of God is so
great that it can change destinies for eternity. Thatís the Word that we
need to hear and that gives us peace with God.
of September 15, 2002
saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out
again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
is having a difficult time of it. Many people claim that there is no
such thing as truth. Some people stretch it. Some, like Pilate, deny the
Truth when they see it.
what appears to be true isnít. I am sure that some people who read the
financial statements of Enron would agree with that statement. One could
get pretty cynical about whether truth even comes out in our judicial
system. We donít know if we are reading the truth in the newspapers
and sometimes the truth of history has to be revised. So I ask the
question that Pilate asked, ďWhat is truth?Ē
Truth was standing before Pilate and yet he wasnít willing to
acknowledge that this was the Christ, The King of the Jews and The Son
of God. Pilate knew the truth that Christ had done nothing worthy of
death and yet he was willing to maintain his own political position by
isnít much ďTruthĒ that we can depend on today. But we can depend
on Christ who is the Truth (John 14:6). We donít make what He did and
what he said true by believing Him. He is the Truth and His promises are
true whether we believe Him or not. We do make the Truth effective when
we believe Him, however. John 3:18 says, ďHe that believeth on him is
not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because
he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.Ē
Now, that is the truth!
of September 22, 2002
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with
all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he
hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should
be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us
unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to
the good pleasure of his will.
are indeed a blessed people. We are a people characterized by love and
not hate because our God loved us when he could have hated us and, thus,
He has obligated us to love one another. (1 John 3:10-11, Herein is
love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to
be the propitiation [or sacrifice] for our sins. Beloved, if God so
loved us, we ought also to love one another.) There has always been a
lot of hate in this world and it started with the firstborn of Adam and
Eve, our first parents. They allowed sin to take root in our natures.
Cain, the first man born into this word, hated his brother Abel and
the Bible, there are often two classes of people mentioned, Jews and
Gentiles. Jews are descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Gentiles
are all of the rest of us. There has been much distrust and fighting
between these two groups down through the years. In the Ephesian
epistle, however, there is a new group of people that God chooses to be
His adopted Sons. He foreordained that this new group would be His
chosen people in the church age before the foundation of the world. This
new group is the church which is composed of all who have believed in
Christ since the day of Pentecost until this present time.
what God didnít do in this passage. He didnít choose people to be
placed in Christ, but he chose those in Christ. Also,
he didnít choose the church in Adam which would represent what we are
by nature and he didnít choose the church in Abraham which would
represent the Jews but he chose those in Christ, that is, he chose those
who believe in Christ. That means that both Jews and Gentiles have
access to the same blessings and in Christ there is no enmity between
these two groups. In the old testament God had an earthly people, with
earthly promises and an earthly land. In the new testament, He has a
spiritual people (chosen in Him) with spiritual blessings (blessed with
all spiritual blessing) and a spiritual land (in heavenly places).
am glad that I am a Christian, living in the Church age, who has been
blessed because I have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8).
of September 29, 2002