The Gospels – The Gospel According to John
The establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth
John 4:20-26 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Jesus here spoke of the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, when human beings who have accepted the Lord will worship Him in the proper way. During this time which is not far off, the knowledge of the Will of God would have so advanced that the people would know exactly what is needed for the true worship of God. It is only through knowledge of the Laws of God as explained by Jesus or by One like Him that this would happen.
These will then be the true worshippers of God because they have come to learn to know all the Laws of God and as a result adjust themselves in happiness to His Will. It will be worship through the intuitive perception and through the opening of their spirits to the Power of God.
God is obviously not a Spirit but His Power is Spirit. He Himself is far above this but His Holy Spirit which is responsible for the coming into being of the entire Creation demands that we worship Him with our inner being. If we are able to worship God in spirit then it does not matter where we find ourselves. As long as we are able to open ourselves to Him in humble supplication then we worship. For those who truly worship God time and place do not count. We will worship God with the activity of our spirits. It is through the deed that henceforth we shall worship the Creator.
Through our activities in thoughts, words and deeds, we shall show the Creator that we have absorbed His Word and that we are happy to adjust to all His Laws. That is true worship. It is not the saying of prayers by the hundred. If through our intuitive perceptions we honour our neighbours and we do not do anything that will harm him, then we honour the Creator and these good works are the testimony to Him that we love Him and His Laws and we voluntarily adjust ourselves to them. That is the true worship in truth and spirit. Through our everyday activities is how we should now worship and not just once a week on the Sabbath. Through how we adjust ourselves every single minute of the day is how we worship God in truth and this is why Jesus said that neither on this mountain or in Jerusalem. It is in our everyday lives wherever we are.