On reading the above sentence I am sure most of the believers who proudly credits themselves to be true worshipper will certainly think again and test if they are genuinely a true worshipper.
TRUE WORSHIP:- John 4:23 & 24
“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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.”
In the introduction we saw Father is seeking true worshippers. In Verse 24, we get a clear understanding of what true worship is. Here Jesus Christ tells that the worship should be in truth & in spirit to be acceptable to God.
Today we see many religions who give importance to the location of worship like Mecca, Jerusalem, Rome, Sabarimala etc.. But in John 4:22, Jesus points that the location is not important but the ‘How’ is important. “must worship him in spirit & in truth”-this “must” is final and there is no other alternative or option in regards to worship.
Let us see what is worshipping in spirit & in truth.
Worshipping God ‘in spirit’
Means to offer “Spiritual worship” in contrast to that which is mostly physical or fleshly (Mark A. Copeland). Since God is spirit, he must receive spiritual worship. To understand this concept more clearly, please read Hebrew 9:1-10. In New Testament, it is not the external factors such as the physical structure, special priesthood, candlestick, burning incense, instruments of music, animal sacrifices etc that counts but it is more of the spiritual aspect such as the following…
> I Cor 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
> 1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
> Eph 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”