The teaching that “God The Father; is spirit” is found in the story of the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-26). In John 4:23-24: we find that Jesus told the “Woman at the Well”: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” When we see the word “Spirit” written in the bible with a capital “S” it is referring to the Holy Spirit. Jesus revealed to the Samaritan woman at the well that he is the Messiah. She was the first person to whom Jesus revealed this. She thought that physical locale had a bearing on the proper worship of God. She said: You Jews worship in Jerusalem, but we Samaritans worship on Mt. Gerizim. Jesus was telling her the more important worship of God is done in our spirit, small “s” meaning in our own spirit.
There are people, still today who believe that their denomination, their man made doctrines, or their methods are the only true way to worship God. Some denominations believe that their man made doctrines are the absolute truth and all others will go to hell because they believe in something different. Jesus is saying here that none of the material things matter, we should worship God “in spirit and in truth.” In our spirit and in His truth.
What Does It Mean That God Is Spirit? The fact that God is spirit means that God the Father does not have a human body. We humans were originally created in the “Image of God”, meaning that our true selves is the spirit that keeps our bodies alive. The spirit that gives us breath and animates our flesh. The flesh is just a temporary home for our spirits as we continue to live on this earth. When the flesh becomes to weak to support our eternal spirit that keeps this body alive, then our body will die, and our spirit will return to the spiritual realm to be judged. Jesus will judge his followers works. He will reward the works they have done in his name. If we haven’t accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior we will be judged for the sin that we’ve committed while living in the flesh. Jesus, God the Son, came to earth in human form clothed in flesh like we are, but God the Father did not.
- John 1:1-2 tells us: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
- Genesis 1:1-2 tells us: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now, the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the Waters.”
- Capital “S” meaning the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus is unique as Emmanuel, “God with us”
- Matthew 1:23 says: “The virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means “God with us.”
- Numbers 23:19 tells us: “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
Many people speak of God as if He has a body. Humanity sometimes creates God in their own image so they can attempt to relate to Him better. Some question why the Bible sometimes speaks of God as if He has a body.
- For example, Isaiah 59:1 mentions God’s “hand” and “ear.”
- “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”
- Second Chronicles 16:9 speaks of God’s “eyes.”
- “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts [minds]are fully committed to him.”
- Matthew 4:4 puts words in God’s “mouth.”
- “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
- In Deuteronomy 33:27 God has “arms.”
- “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!”
God is invisible because he is spirit, to say that God is spirit is to say, that God the Father is invisible.
- Colossians 1:15-18 calls God the “invisible God.”
- “He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things [see Genesis 1:1-2], and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead [refers to the resurrection of Christ], so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things whether things on earth or things in heaven; by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. [refers to the Sacrifice of Christ for our sin]”
- First Timothy 1:17 praises God, saying:
- “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
God is a living, personal being. Even though God is spirit, He is also a living, personal being. As such, we can know Him personally.
- Joshua 3:10-11 speaks of God in this way, saying,
- “This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Cannanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. See the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.”
- Psalm 84:1-3 declares:
- “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.”
Philosophically speaking, God must be a spirit in order to be infinite. God is not limited by a physical body like human beings are. Human beings are limited by the flesh; we can only be in one place at a time. God can be in all places at the same time. We are limited by hunger & exhaustion, God doesn’t need food or rest. If He was restricted by limitations of any kind He would not be:
- Omnipresent (in all places at once),
- Omnipotent (all powerful)
- or, Omniscient (all knowing).
He is not limited by any of the created things that limits our abilities in many ways. He can exist in all places at the same time. God is the un-created “First Cause” that is the power behind all other beings and all other created things.
Jesus helps us to connect the dots in the story of “The Woman At The Well.” In John 4:24 Jesus shows us the connection between God being spirit and worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. The idea is that, since God is spirit, people must worship Him accurately in spirit and in truth; with all their heart, mind, soul and strength; as opposed to relying on traditions, rituals, and physical places like: Churches, Synagogues, Cathedrals, or geographic locations. We can worship God anywhere at any time. All we have to do is call out to God, or, Jesus, or even call out for the Holy Spirit. He’s waiting for you to call out to Him, to tell Him your desire to be in relationship with Him, wherever you may be at the time of your need. Just speak His name and say: Lord, I need you. He’s there just waiting for you to turn back to Him. To Repent – which means to: “turn back to God”
If you don’t yet know Jesus as Savior – Just call his name and tell him you want to follow him. If you do know him as Savior & Lord, but maybe you’ve backslidden. Just call out to him and tell him you want to rededicate your life to following him. He will take you back because of your repentance. Then you just need to stop straying from him in sin. Take your mind off the things of the world and put your focus back on Jesus. Then follow his teachings that are outlined in scripture. This is where you’ll find healing and deliverance from the sin in your life. That is what our ministry is all about, our mission is: “Encouraging emotional, physical & spiritual healing through the application of scriptural truths.”