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Worship in Truth

John 4:19-24
The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the 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. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

If there are true worshipers, does that mean that there are fake worshipers?

How can you tell a fake one from a true one?

How often do you worship, at times when the prompt is not simply that it is sunday and you are in a meeting?

What does it look like when you self-start a time of worship? How long does it last?


Don’t Miss Being With Jesus

Song of Solomon 5:2-8
Sometimes Jesus visits us when it is inconvenient.
Focusing on ourselves instead of our Lord will cause us to miss the day of His visitation.

Revelation 3:20

Jesus was speaking to the Church (3:14,22) not unbelievers.
John saw a door opened in Heaven; the closed door is on our end of the ladder.

Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus congratulated the sheep and condemned the goats regarding how they received and served Him.
The sheep and the goats both had the same response to His judgements:
“When did we see You?”

1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Paul chastised the Corinthian congregation for eating their own meal instead of the Lord’s. He warned them that if they continued to eat the meal in an unworthy manner (without discerning the Lord’s Body) that they would continue to get sick and die from it.

Paul is the man to whom Jesus said regarding his persecution of the Church,  “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Paul understands that the Lord considers the Church to be Himself in some mystery. As Saul attacked the Church, he was attacking Jesus. As the Corinthians rejected and cursed each other, they were rejecting and cursing Jesus. What killed them was eating His body after cursing it.

He wants us to discern Him in each other when we gather, whether it is at Taco Bell, K-mart, or some meeting of the Church.

Stop and think about the Believers you know that you feel would be least likely to have any ministry to offer you. If Jesus, Who is being formed in each Believer as allowed, were to try to reveal Himself to you through them, could He? Could you discern Him?

The Salvation of Yah

Yahweh is going to swallow death up forever.
He is going to wipe away tears from every face!

His people will receive their final rebuke 
in front of the rest of the earth one day. 
He says so.

In that day, we will say,

"Hey! Yahweh is our GOD!
We have waited for Him, 
and He is saving us!

This is Yahweh:
We waited for Him, 
and now we get to rejoice 
because of His Salvation!"

Isaiah 25

The Kingdom and the Church

The Kingdom of Heaven is not the Church of Jesus Christ, and it is not “going to Heaven when we die.”

In perhaps the narrowest terms, the Church is the family of Yahweh and the Kingdom is the people who obey Him, whether they are members of His family or not. Identity is only indirectly characterized by work. “Manager” is my work, not my identity. “Son” is my identity, not my job title. You can describe yourself in terms of what you do, but your identity is more truly expressed by your relationships.

John the Baptizer was the greatest prophet that was ever born of a woman, according to Jesus. When faced with the works of the Kingdom being done by Jesus, however, he could not recognize the King. He only knew Jesus as a King because of the revelation he had received as a prophet. He sent word from prison to ask Jesus what was wrong when he couldn’t see Jesus taking up the continuation of John’s ministry of seeing everything through his filter of sin, of right and wrong – good and evil. He was not born of God, so he could not see the Kingdom. Righteousness was out of reach. He could only see sin. Jesus told him to examine His work as manifesting the Kingdom.

To Nicodemus, Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (John 3:5-8; 1 John 3:9)

Having been born of Yahweh, His sons and daughters have His nature in their spirits. That will never change, without regard for their behavior in flesh. To be able to grasp the stark line dividing the unconditional acceptance of sons from the fierce judgement of servants in the Kingdom makes you able to then easily sift through previously unanswered questions about eternal security as sons and being thrust into outer darkness as disobedient sons.

The disobedient virgins were simply outside when the party began. The unclean creatures caught in the dragnet were thrown into the fire. The virgins all had the same nature, therefore were divided based on obedience, and even then, not to destruction. The fish had different natures, therefore they were divided based on their natures, the unclean to destruction (Matthew 25:1-13; Matthew 13:47-50).

Please read The Kingdom of Our God, a paper I have written on the Kingdom of Heaven.