John 4:23 states, “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.”
What does it mean to worship God in spirit? Since you were made in His image and likeness (see Genesis 1:27), you are a physical being with a spiritual being dwelling on the inside: for which is made to communicate with the Heavenly Father and all other spiritual beings. The real you (for a lack of a better term) exist (in your spirit) to give glory, honor, and praise to Father God, which is our daily sacrifice and reasonable service. Romans 12:1 tells us, “…by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Your body does the work, but your spirit helps us to control ourselves for righteousness through Christ Jesus. This was the whole story given to the Samaritan women at the well, “But the hour cometh, and now is.” Do you understand? It’s true acceptable worship that was coming for her, but for us it is happening right now for us today. Jesus tells us that worship is to be wholly spiritual, because now we have His sacrifice in which to trust. In Him, you and I were bought with the blood sacrifice in order to commune with the Heavenly Father without fear. 1 Corinthians 6:20 states, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Since we belong to Christ Jesus, the Lord’s blood gave us access to the holy place; where the God’s presence dwells. Romans 5:2 states, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” You and I have confidence in our spiritual relationship that our spirits are communing with Him. “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him (Ephesians 3:12).” Just like the Old Testament temple worship was external and you needed to do things acceptably in order to enter the holy of holies, now you must do the same except for being a living temple of God. Your physical body dwells your spirit, and God comes to worship with you internally, according to John 4:23 and Roman 8:16. Apostle Paul states in Romans 1:9, “For God is my witness, whom I serve [worship] with my spirit.” Paul worshipped God with his spirit. Another example founded in Psalm 103:1, King David writes, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” David is talking here about glorifying God from within.
You and I can worship God in our spirits, but first, the Holy Spirit must be there to prompt worship according to 1 Corinthians 2:11b, “…even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” God cannot be worshipped without His Spirit indwelling that worship.
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