“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in 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.” John 4:23-24
As I have been studying lately, I have heard the Lord speak to me about a coming visitation. The word I heard from the Lord actually comes from the book of Mark, chapter nine, verses 1-8. I know that I used John 4:23-24 earlier but stay with me and I’ll explain!
The story that I want to look at today from Mark, chapter nine is the account of Jesus and His disciples on the mount of transfiguration.
I love the opening verse of this account:
“Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”
Doesn’t that move you? The word is that God is planning to reveal Himself in a powerful way to SOME. I want to be a part of “SOME!”
How can I ensure that I’m a part of that group?
Verses two through eight tell the rest of the tale of what happened on the mountain. Jesus goes up on the mountain to pray with Peter, James, and John. While praying, the disciples see Jesus “transfigured” before them – the disciples see the revelation of the glory of God!
While beholding the glory of Jesus, the disciples see Elijah and Moses appear before them and these two begin talking with Jesus. Peter, not knowing what to say or do said:
“Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Then, a cloud overshadowed them; and a voice out of the cloud said to them:
“This is My beloved Son, Hear Him!”
After this, the disciples looked around and saw no one but Jesus.
Now, back to John 4:23-24.
Jesus said that the time has arrived in which the true worshipers of God will worship Him in Spirit and truth. This is the kind of worshiper the Father is seeking. Those who worship Him must become “Spirit and truth” worshipers.
I believe God is saying that it is His plan to powerfully reveal Himself in the days that are coming. But, some in the Body of Christ will miss this visitation. This revelation of the glory of Jesus will come to the worshipers that God seeks; those who are worshiping in Spirit and truth.
The account of Jesus, His disciples, Moses, and Elijah on the mountain serve as a picture of this truth. Jesus appears in glory to His disciples in the midst of an appearance by Moses and Elijah. Moses was the lawgiver. He was the mediator used by God to bring His Torah – His Word to God’s people. Moses on the mountain represents the Word of God.
Elijah was the prophet of miracles. God used Him mightily to reveal His power to Israel. From the showdown on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal to Elijah’s home going in the chariot of fire, we see the miracle working power of God in the life of Elijah. On the mount of transfiguration, Elijah represents the Spirit of God.
I believe that the Lord is saying to us that He is ready to show Himself powerfully to those who are seeking Him in both Spirit and truth! It will not come to those who are just seeking Him in Word. It will not come to those just seeking Him in Spirit – It will come to those who are worshiping Him in both!
Without the Spirit, the Word is unfulfilled. Without the Word, the spirit is unholy.
Without the Spirit being active, we have to make excuses as to why things we see in the Word don’t happen now. Without the Word, we have people who claim to be led by the Spirit justifying their sin.
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? ‘Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7:22-23
The Word reveals – The Spirit fulfills!
We must not build tabernacles for “Moses” – the Word without the Spirit. We must not build tabernacles for “Elijah” – the Spirit without the Word. Spirit and truth come together in Jesus.
Who are we listening to?
“This is My beloved Son, Hear Him!”
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
A visitation is coming to “some.” I want to be “SOMEone” who worships the Lord in a way that stops His seeking and causes His revelation. How about you?