Saturday, September 22, 2012
The SOURCE of Worship
Secondly, the Holy Spirit is the source of our worship. Jesus tells us in John 4:24 that when believers worship, it needs to be in Spirit and Truth. The moment one comes to know Christ as their Saviour, The Holy Spirit is indwelt in the heart of that person. In John 14:16, believers are told “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” and also earlier in John 7:39 “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:…” Spiritual worship is sourced from the Holy Spirit, himself and God has graciously given the Holy Spirit to all who believe on the finished work of Christ. It is the believers responsibility to yield their worship to God. God is the source of our worship, but much more than that, He is the source of our whole life. To clarify this point further, God is our life. Paul writes in Colossians 3:3-4:
“3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
These verses state clearly that the believer’s life is sourced from God.
Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
The verses above gives believers assurance of the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit. In each of these passages, the Holy Spirit is associated with truth. This is an indication that we don’t know the truth and need to be taught. It is such a blessing to know that the Holy Spirit ministers to us and teaches us the truth of God’s word. John 4:24 commands the believer to worship in Spirit and Truth, both of which are sourced in the Spirit of God and scripture assures believers of this truth.