God is Spirit

April 1, 2020

Summary

Today’s article is about God as Spirit. You’ll be surprised about how practical this is.

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A.W. Tozer said, “True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie.” If God, who cannot lie, said it, it is enough.

My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.

God is supremely trustworthy. Without deep knowledge of His character working in our hearts, we can become restless, agitated, and irritable. These difficult days provide ample opportunity for the character of God to be at work in us.

For this study, we’ll apply the truth that God is spirit to our daily worship of Him. That God is spirit means that He is not of necessity material as humans are. God does not of necessity possess a physical nature or is made up of matter. He, of course, has chosen to take on human flesh in the person of Jesus. But this was not required of Him to be God.

God is Spirit
In John 4:24, the Lord Jesus states clearly that “God is spirit.” Compare this with Isaiah 31:3. God is a spiritual, immaterial being. No physical likeness could ever represent Him (Exodus 20:4).

God is Invisible
Because God is spirit, He is invisible and cannot be seen. Paul says that Jesus Christ is the “invisible God” (Col. 1:15; 1 Ti. 1:17) and John testifies that “no one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18).

Observations
• We know Him apart from the physical
As John 4:24 teaches us that we worship God in our spirits. God-honouring worship is not based on physical, outward requirements (e.g., worshipping Him in the right physical place). God-honouring worship takes place in the spirit of man. God is seeking those who will worship Him in this way (John 4:23).

Illustration: As a boy, I believed I had to hold my hands the right way in order for God to hear me. Once, I was blowing my nose during the pastor’s prayer without unfolding my hands. It’s quite difficult; you should try it sometime! My dad said, “Just go ahead and blow your nose!” I had a wrong perspective. God-honouring worship is not based on physical, outward requirements. God-honouring worship is in the heart.

• We worship Him in our hearts
John 4:24,“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Our daily worship must reflect knowledge of His person. God-honouring worship is in spirit and truth because God is spirit and truth. Once someone is born again by the Holy Spirit, he is a part of the church, the body of Christ.

Note: We should aim to live in keeping with the truth of Christ in His word (“worship in truth”) and respond to His word in our hearts (“worship in spirit”; Vanhoozer, Pictures at a Theological Exhibition, 118).

APPLICATION
Daily pray over and respond to Scripture. Seek to be conformed to His word by the power of His Spirit. Don’t just know the Word, seek to respond to it.

You can ask yourself…
Is there a sin for me to forsake?
Is there any promise to claim?
Is there an example for me to follow?
Is there any command for me to obey?
Is there anything to be thankful for today?

Though He is spirit and our eyes cannot behold Him now, one day we will see Him face to face!

Face to face I shall behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by!


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