Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series
where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years,
the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them
with you. This morning we seek to understand the nature of worship.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Nature of Worship
Jesus said, "But the hour cometh, and now is when the true worshipers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." John, Chapter 4,
Brothers and sisters, the Spirit of Truth is the Spirit of Jesus, who actually took on the form
of the human being. This Spirit of Truth comprehends the things of the spirit--has actual
spiritual knowledge and truth of the things of the spirit.
There were profound ramifications for all humans when this spirit was poured out to all
flesh. Jesus, the son of God, assuming the human life form made it possible for humans to
assume the form of the divine while in the human form. Even though the Divine Son became
man, he still remained the Divine Son. The Divine Son living the life of the flesh created a
tension that could be only resolved by creating a faith knowledge in His human mind that
would allow it to consciously appropriate the divine values and meanings of His former
existence as they would be applied to a human living this life in the flesh.
These are the values and meanings that the heavenly Father would actually have and live if
He were living life as a human being on earth. This Spirit having manifested itself on the
human level of existence created the capacity in the souls of all moral creatures to have this
same spirit associated with their lives. This spirit allows the Divine Son to relive life anew
in each moral individual even as he lived it as Jesus over two thousands years ago. This spirit
makes it possible for the soul to become conscious of spiritual reality--to be born again. It
is also this same Spirit of Truth that allows us to worship the Father in truth and in spirit.
As we explore the nature of worship, some questions arise: What is worship and why is it
essential? What is its value and meaning? What happens when a soul loses the ability to
worship? As has been implied, worship is essential because without it, the sustenance of
spiritual life withers and dies. Worship renews us, renews the values and meanings that are
the very essence of our spiritual life. Worship makes us like the heavenly Father, as
demonstrated in his Son. It makes us perfect even as He is perfect. Worship is a never ending
process, an interminable process of ever increasing recognition and consciousness of divine
values and meanings.
The divine meanings of worship are experienced and are progressive in nature. As the
worship process continues, the depth of meanings increases. The meanings of the values of
worship give us the assurances of divine sonship as we realize that the continuous
enlargement of these meanings is the reality of experiencing of the heavenly Father. Divine
meanings are inherently and intrinsically satisfying and pleasurable, but this is spiritual
satisfaction and spiritual pleasure.
The divine values of divine worship fill our souls with the goodness of God. Worship has
value because it is the only way that we can experience communion with the Father. It allows
for the effective expression of the spiritual content of the Father. Worship is the effective
recognition of the Father by our souls. It is the process that gives a life of eternal values and
This concludes today's message on understanding the nature of worship. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next
time, this is Dr. James Perry