“An hour is coming and now is,
when the true worshipers shall
worship the Father in spirit and truth;
for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers”
It’s a worship from within, in Spirit, tapping into this inexplicable knowledge, truth, a deep form of intuition that goes beyond intuition and into knowledge of truth.
Next, Yeshua says something revealing: “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). While this statement does complement the traditional concept of the Trinity, it doesn’t fit into our popular concept of God. Yeshua’s own depiction of God as “Father” fits the way we perceive God as a much larger and far grander version of us humans. But, here, Yeshua clarifies that the Father uses the names Father, God, and “spirit.” In verses 4:21-24, Yeshua uses the names Father and God interchangeably as He who is worshiped in spirit and truth, so Father = God = Spirit.
“God is spirit,
and those who worship Him
must worship in spirit and truth”
In the full statement, Yeshua suggests we cannot worship God unless we worship “in spirit and truth.” Religion is not worship. Rituals are not worship. Adherence to doctrines is not worship. Going to church is not worship. These things can be done, and perhaps they’ll be of some benefit, but they are not “worship.” If we consider this full discourse, with living water “springing up to eternal life” in the one who receives it and worship “in spirit and truth,” then it seems “worship” is more akin to deep prayer and meditation than most of our usual concepts of “worship.” It can take place corporately, but likely cannot occur unless it also, and most importantly, takes place privately.