United Pentecostal Church Mannheim
Short Messages
Message from the Monthly Flyer from July 2010


John 4, 19-24: The woman saith unto him, “Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 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.”

What Jesus is saying to this woman is interesting. She is justifying her religious point of view and also the way she worships because many others have the same faith as she does. Jesus brings light into her spiritual darkness. Like all other Samaritans, this woman does not know what she is worshiping and what she adores. They believe that they are doing and believing the right thing; they thought this to be the kind of worship that pleases God, but Jesus makes it clear that it doesn’t. God is not pleased by that.

Traditions and church services change as time goes by, just as it also was the case here in Samaria. Jesus says that their traditional way of worship has nothing to do with the truth. Carrying of statues, kneeling before idols and pictures is idolatry. Jerusalem is the place, and salvation comes from the Jews.

Jesus makes it clear to her by using the words “God is Spirit”. Whoever desires to worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth. The spirit is the innermost part, the heart of a person and His word is truth. The future true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth. (Acts 2, 4). John writes that those that believe in His name will have the power to become the children of God (John 1, 10-12). Jesus came so that everyone on this earth may have the possibility to worship Him. Whoever obeys the gospel of Jesus will be able to worship Him in spirit and in truth. rw

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