"We know what we worship"

It was on the occasion of his meeting with the woman at the well in Sychar of Samaria that Jesus said (John 4:22), "Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship," following up his words by declaring (v. 24), "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Being aware that the woman was ignorant of the true nature of God, Jesus was desirous that she should be correctly informed; hence his inspired declaration. God is Spirit and Truth, and as such He must be worshiped. The incident as John records it had a simple setting, but how momentous it was; for the nature of God had been revealed to men, had been made known definitely to them. It was important also as showing that the Master was in possession not of mere belief in God, but of an understanding of Him which was accurate, uncontaminated by the arguments of false material sense.

Christ Jesus knew what he worshiped; and it was his mission to impart his knowledge to mankind. This he did; and he also proved that what he taught was true, by putting it to the test. What was this test? It was twofold. First, his teaching produced on those who heard him with receptive hearts the conviction that he spoke with the authority of one who was assured of the truth of which he spoke. Secondly, his works of healing corroborated his teaching. Mark recounts (1:22) that, in Capernaum, "they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes." The narrative goes on to say that, even as he taught in the synagogue, he healed "a man with an unclean spirit," saying, "Hold thy peace, and come out of him." Christ Jesus knew what he worshiped, even God, Spirit and Truth. He knew that the law of God is ever available; and through obedience to that law he overcame all manner of evil beliefs.

October 21, 1939

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