Worshipping with the Help of the Spirit
Jesus expresses the heart of the Father to the Samaritan woman, when he talks to her about the desire of God, to have people learn to truly worship Him.
The Samaritan woman was coming from her religious background.
The Samaritans, both in blood and religion, were mongrel Jews. They had erected a temple on Mount Gerizim, in competition to the temple that was in Jerusalem. They were a break off sect of Judaism, that was brought about by the Assyrians conquering of the ten tribes of Israel and leading them into captivity.
There were divisions within Judaism of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Everyone arguing their own doctrinal position and all claiming their rights of worship.
Jesus did not entangle Himself in their doctrinal arguments.
Instead to the Samaritan woman, He encouraged her by telling her that the heart of God was that men would learn to lift themselves above these arguments, learn to worship the Father in spirit and in truth.
The Holy Spirit has been given, as an enabler and a helper, to help us worship and to lift us above our doctrinal differences. Jesus said that "He is the guide", that will guide us into all truth.
I. Worshipping in the Spirit enables me to change my Location.
The Holy Spirit enables me to praise!
3. "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel."(KJV)
The word inhabitest means "to sit down, to dwell, to remain".
Praise has a way of changing our location and bringing us up into the presence of God.
Illustration : "Beam me up Scotty."
You and I lift ourselves out of the dimension of the physical and into the spiritual when we praise.
To the Samaritan woman the location of the temple was insignificant Jesus was trying to teach her. Because when God is in you are already the Temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 6:19
19. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which i ...
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