"But and hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him." John 4:23
In order for one to worship in spirit and truth, he must be born of the Spirit or he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, a Pharisee, well versed in the law and the prophets and in the traditions of the elders came to Jesus at night and acknowledged Him as a teacher sent from God when Jesus said to him, "Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus responded by asking Him how a man could be born twice, or how he could enter a second time into his mother's womb. Jesus told him that unless he was born of water and the Spirit, he could not enter the kingdom of God. Then He proceeded to tell him that one must be born of the flesh and then be born from above or of the Spirit in order to become a spiritual being. This is why we, as born again believers differ from those who try and worship in the flesh.
The Jews, Nicodemus included worshiped God in the flesh through ritual, rote and tradition, sacrificing animals and making atonement for the people in the flesh through an earthly priest. Today it is no different, people go to an earthly temple, worship in the flesh, normally by music geared toward them and not God, and treat the "Senior Pastor" (not mentioned in scripture) as if he were the mediator or High Priest to lead them into the holy of hollies. Many of the things done on Sunday are just dead rituals performed in the flesh with no true spiritual value.
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24
CHURCH IS NO LONGER A PLACE TO GO
We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Hebrews 13:10-14
The rituals of animal sacrifice and man-centered traditions were done away with when Jesus died upon the cross and the angels tore in two the veil of separation. We have no monuments, no buildings or cities that we can claim for our Christian heritage, only the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ received by faith to wash away our sins that saves us from eternal damnation, and the presence of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
With the advent of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ came about a change in worship from a dead ritualistic form of religious service filled with tradition and dry and dusty doctrine and law, to a new spiritual entrance into the very presence of the Most High. New creations worshiping the Father in Spirit and truth ascending into His throne room on their own without the aid of a priest or mediator. The ritual of religion was dead and the relational bond of unity among brothers and sisters began to create a spiritual family forming the new spiritual body of Christ on the earth.
A new race of spiritual beings was created by the born again experience as thousands repented of their sins and gave their lives to Jesus, receiving within themselves the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. No more dusty mausoleums of death or religious artifacts that contain no life, but a new supernatural transformation of fleshly beings into spiritual ones, worshiping in the Spirit.
But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. II Corinthians 3:15-18
THE SPIRITUAL CHILDREN OF GOD
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12,13
No longer called the children of Israel but now called, the children of God, a new race of worshipers was created by the divine metamorphosis called the born again experience. God's original plan was to create a race of people that would become a part of His family here on earth, born to be fruitful and multiply and to spread across the earth with the intent of establishing His kingdom, but stopped in its tracks by a fallen angel with evil motives.
Nevertheless, God makes a way and all things truly do work together for good. Satan's plan took eons to reverse but God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus to set the captives of the world, flesh and the devil free from their bondage by the sacrifice of His own life. The world at that time was steeped in sin, rebellion and religious tradition when the Savior stepped on to the scene, like it is today with a divine plan inspired by the Father to rescue His heavenly family from their iniquities and transgressions and defeat their enemies forever!
The world as we know it is growing dark with the clouds of judgment and the gloom of sin, as the church slumbers in complacency and deception and the world runs headlong into Hell. Only those who walk in the Spirit, who have divine insight will escape what is coming upon the earth. Will you be one of them who walks the narrow path of light or will you continue to love the world and perish on the broad road of darkness? The choice is yours, the trumpets are blowing and the storms are gathering and the Spirit is calling out to those who would give all and come forth to worship the Father in Spirit and in truth!
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin