Bought by the Blood

September 12, 2009

God is Spirit

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”-John 4:24

In 2007 the most googled question was “Who is God?”  Using Westminster Confession Faith as my aid I want to tackle this question.  The Westminster Confession of Faith has a 15 part answer, so this will be a 15 part series.

Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

God is not constrained by physical limitations.  He is omnipresent and there is no place where His spirit is not present.  Our human senses cannot touch Him, but because we are made in His image we have a spirit that is made to commune with Him.  There are other spiritual beings in the universe, but only God is “pure Spirit.”  The full meaning of God being Spirit is past our understanding, this should humble us and lead us to worship.  This should drive away all complacency and bring us to a place of awe.  Our view of God should be more exalted then any person or created thing because He is immaterial and cannot be contained by the earth, heavens or even our imaginations.

Saying that God is Spirit shows the incredible condescension of Christ in the incarnation.  In the incarnation the Spirit of God put on flesh so that He could be born in the likeness of man, but without our sin nature.  God the Son was with God in the beginning and is eternal like God, but was born to die in the place of sinful man, so that God’s Spirit can be poured out on those whose spirits God the Father has redeemed for Himself.  Our redemption is for the purpose of our worship.  We are created to be worshipers and spend our lives praising and glorifying God in all that we say and do.  Thus, it is of utmost importance that we understand who God is.

Our view of God as Spirit has huge implication for how we view the trinity, prayer and worship.  If God is Spirit, then we will not try to put him into a finite concept.  If I said I am three persons with one substance, power and eternity you would send me to the looney bin.  God being pure spirit is free to “be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity.”*  When I pray, I pray to God The Father by the power of the Holy Spirit with confidence because it is through the Son**.  My worship can be any place and any time because the Spirit of God is everywhere.  I do not created images for my worship because no created thing can mirror the Spirit of God, but will only turn into an idol.  The only two requirements for those that are seeking true worship are the Spirit of God and the truth of His Word.

*Westminster Confession of Faith – Chapter 2: Of God and of the Holy Trinity
** Ask Pastor John: Does it Matter Which Person of the Trinity we Pray to


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