Posted by: SandreS | November 12, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 10

Worship in the Spirit

The spirit is where God’s ecclesia worships the Lord.

This means that every day, in every place, and in every action we have been called upon to enter into worship. After all, we are the temple of God, God lives in us, and we therefore are to worship God with and in every detail of our lives.

No wonder that Paul made statements like:

Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).

What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him (Colossians 3:17).

Then when Paul wrote, “For we … worship God in the spirit” he quickly followed that truth with a negative:

For we … worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3).

Did you notice that there were two realms in that verse – “in the spirit” and “in the flesh”? Two different ways of worship! In the same verse, what stands between these two realms? – “in Christ Jesus”!

If you go somewhere to worship the Lord, are you not – in reality – denying the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus? Are you not worshiping the Lord “in the flesh,” rather than “in the spirit”? Hasn’t someone corrupted your mind “from the simplicity that is in Christ (II Corinthians 11:3)?

Moreover, what stands between the two phrases “in the spirit” and “in the flesh” is not just the phrase “in Christ Jesus,” but “rejoice in Christ Jesus.” Is Christ Jesus your place of rejoicing? Or are you placing your confidence in fleshly, earthly things?

Are you enjoying the true temple worship of this dispensation? Or, is your confidence in a man-made imitation?

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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