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01/11/2011

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Worship In Truth...Substance Not Shadow


"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17).

In sworn testimony, the oath goes something like this; "Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?" I do find it interesting that God is invoked when a person testifies. Today's verse come from a prayer by Jesus for his disciples. The disciples believed in Jesus. Though they did not understand everything that was going on at the time, they believed. They were in attendance for many of His miracles. Part of this belief led to their acceptance that Jesus' teachings were the truth. In accepting those revelations, they were to be led further into the truth...Jesus prayed that even though many did not believe, that through His teachings they would. His disciples were to spread the truth. Earlier in the gospel of John, Jesus said this to the Jews who believed Him; "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (8:31-32). This was important because the Jews were still bound to the Law of Moses given at Sinai. When Jesus says to worship in spirit and in truth, the covenant God made with Israel could not have been the worship that Jesus had in mind. Again from the gospel of John; "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (1:17).

Now don't get me wrong...This does not mean that Moses did not speak the truth. The truth about which Moses prophesied was to become reality in Jesus. Moses was the mediator of the shadow of good things to come, but the substance is of Christ. The apostle Paul wrote these important words regarding the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament: "These are a shadow of the things that were to come" (Col. 2:17). We cannot worship a shadow any more than we can catch, eat or drink one. To worship in TRUTH is to worship according to the substance and not the shadow...Jesus is that substance....Jesus is that TRUTH!

Have a great day...Allow His light to shine in you... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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