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Verses of John 4

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John 4:24 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

God is a Spirit; that is, he hath no body, nor bodily parts; he is not a bare spiritual substance: but a pure and perfect Spirit: and therefore his worshippers must worship him in spirit and in truth; where spirit is opposed to the legal ceremonies, and truth to the Jewish rites, not to hypocritical services: for the old patriarchs did worship God in spirit and in truth. As truth is taken for sincerity, they served him with a sincere conscience, and with a single heart. But our Saviour's business is to shew, that a worship without legal rites and Jewish ceremonies, is proper to the times of the gospel.

In these words, observe, 1. The nature of God declared; God is a Spirit.

2. The duty of man inferred; therefore they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.

From the whole, note, 1. That God is a pure spiritual being. When bodily parts, hands, and eyes, &c. are ascribed to him, it is only in condescension to our weakness, and to signify those acts in God, which such members do perform in us.

Note, 2. That the worship due from the creature to God is spiritual worship, and ought to be spiritually performed; that is, we must worship him from spiritual principles, sincere love, and filial reverence; for spiritual ends, that we may please him, and promote his glory; and after a spiritual manner, with the whole heart, soul, and mind, and with a fervency of spirit. We must have awful apprehensions of him, suitable to the nature of his being; but above all we must endeavour to resemble him: then is God best worshipped by us, when we are most like to him.

The Jewsish ceremonial worship was abolished, to promote the spirituality of divine worshp; yet must not this be so understood, as if God rejected bodily worship, because he requires spiritual under the gospel: for Jesus Christ, the most spiritual worshipper, worshipped God with his body. Besides, God has created the body as well as the soul; and he will glorify the body as well as the soul: therefore it is our duty to worship and glorify God with our bodies, and with our spirits, which are his.

Verses of John 4

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John 4:24 - The Greek Testament

John 4:24 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 4:24 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 4:24 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 4:24 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 4:24 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 4:24 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 4:24 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 4:24 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 4:24 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 4:24 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 4:24 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 4:24 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 4:24 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 4:24 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 4:24 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 4:24 - The Great Texts of the Bible

John 4:24 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 4:24 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 4:24 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 4:24 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 4:24 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 4:24 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 4:24 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 4:24 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 4:24 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 4:24 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 4:24 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 4:24 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 4:24 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 4:24 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 4:24 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament