John 4:24 New English Translation (NET Bible)
24 God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
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Worship of God does not relate to any particular place, date or time. Instead, worship in spirit and truth may be said to be,” all of us for all of Him (God).
4:24 God is Spirit. This verse represents the classical statement on the nature of God as Spirit. The phrase means that God is invisible (Col. 1:15; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:27) as opposed to the physical or material nature of man (1:18; 3:6). The word order of this phrase puts an emphasis on “Spirit,” and the statement is essentially emphatic. Man could never comprehend the invisible God unless He revealed Himself, as He did in Scripture and the Incarnation. must worship. Jesus is not speaking of a desirable element in worship but that which is absolutely necessary. in spirit and truth. The word “spirit” does not refer to the Holy Spirit but to the human spirit. Jesus’ point here is that a person must worship not simply by external conformity to religious rituals and places (outwardly) but inwardly (“in spirit”) with the proper heart attitude. The reference to “truth” refers to worship of God consistent with the revealed Scripture and centered on the “Word made flesh” who ultimately revealed His Father (14:6). (MacArthur Study Bible Note)
John 17:3 New English Translation (NET Bible)
3 Now this is eternal life—that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
In order for one of mankind to attain eternal life, such a person must have an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, being empowered by God the Holy Spirit.
17:3 that they know you . . . and Jesus Christ. Life consists in fellowship with God “who created us for Himself, so that our soul is restless unless it finds its rest in Him,” as Augustine expressed it. Knowledge, here as so often in Scripture, means more than mere intellectual grasp; it involves affection and commitment as well. By placing Himself and the Father together as the source of eternal life, Christ affirms His own deity. See “True Knowledge of God” at Jer. 9:24.(Reformation Study Bible)
Consider the word “know” as it relates to Genesis 4:1. That scripture illustrates the height of intimacy which comes through the closeness and intimacy of marriage.
Genesis 4:1 King James Version (KJV)
4 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
4:1 Adam knew Eve. The Hebrew word for “know” is used to denote the sexual intimacy of the marriage relationship. (Reformation Study Bible).
Consider the songs of this post, as they relate to intimacy between mankind and God. In the video of the Brownsville Revival, Pastor Steve Hill (now deceased) never was embarrassed or ashamed to call people to repentance and to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Please don’t dismiss the emotions of such repentance that is shown in the two videos that close this post. Warning! Selfish pride is a killer!We need to plead to God for His mercy on our nation. We are guilty of the murder of unborn babies. We are guilty of allowing men to marry men, and women to marry women. We are guilty of allowing men to go into the restrooms of women, because those perverted men “think they are women.” Lord we need your judgment on the abominable democrat party that is behind these and other abominable acts against you. Lord have mercy on us! Amen.