I. Introduction: Consider the following scriptures that relate to Intimacy and The Kingdom Of God. Let them help you to solidify your worship of God.
1. Genesis 4:1 (ESV)
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”
2. Exodus 33:7-11 (NAS)
7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp. 8 And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent. 9 Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and [a]the Lord would speak with Moses. 10 When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When [b]Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
3. John 17:3 (ESV)
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
4. Philippians 3:10 (NAS)
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
B. The Kingdom Of God:
1. Matthew 6:10: (KJV)
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
2. Mark 4:30: (NAS)
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?
3. john 10:10: (NKJ)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly
4. John 3:3: (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
5. Luke 17:20-21: (ESV)
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
6. Luke 17:21: (KJV)
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
7. Romans 14:17 (KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
1. Scripture: John 4:20-24: (NAS)
20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is [a]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
a. In verse 21, Jesus said to the woman, “the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (NKJ). The Jews had their temple in Jerusalem; Mount Zion was their place of worship. The Samaritans, who had rejected all of Old Testament Holy Scripture, except the Pentateuch, had their central sanctuary at Mount Gerizim. Jesus pronounced the end of Mount Gerizim as the place of worship for Samaria, and also for Jerusalem for the Jews, in anticipation of its destruction in just a few years.
b. In verse 22, Jesus said, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” (NKJ). Jesus was saying that the woman was an agnostic, which comes from the Greek word, “agnosis,” which means “without knowledge.” Jesus was saying that the Samaritans were worshipping without knowledge, but that was not the case with the Jews. Their (Jews) worship was based on the true knowledge of God, as was revealed of Him in scripture. So, Jesus was not saying that it did not matter whether a person worshipped in the way of the Samaritans, of in the way of the Jews. The Jews had the correct way of worshipping God. Their way was ordained for them by God, because they were the chosen people of God, and He had personally instructed them on the way of worship.
c. In verses 23-24, Jesus said, “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (NKJ). Jews and Samaritans knew that God had commanded their ancestors to identify a special place for worshipping Him. The Jews accepted all of the Old Testament as being God’s Holy Word. They chose Jerusalem for their place of worship. The Samaritans followed only the first five books of the Old Testament, the books of Moses. The place of worship that was recognized by Samaritans was where Abraham had built an altar to God, at Shechem; it was overlooked by Mount Gerizim. Jesus discussed true, spiritual, worship, as opposed to physical considerations. Consider the things that He did not include as He spoke to the Samaritan woman about worship.
a. When Mary sang her song of praise to God, her Magnificat, she cried out, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46b-47, NKJ). Mary demonstrated true worship. We are called to honor, exalt, and worship Jesus. But, we also need to know that Christ came to reconcile us to the Father. The major focus of our worship must be to the Father, which is why Jesus said that “true worshippers must worship the Father in spirit and truth.” We worship the triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But, we must have the greatness of the Father, in all of His majesty, in our minds when we worship.
b. In the matter of worshipping the Father “in spirit and truth,” we must seek the truth of Jesus. What did He mean? Jesus is not saying that we are to be Holy Spirit devotees, and are to worship God according to the Holy Spirit. We’re supposed to do that, but Jesus was saying that we should see that our worship comes from the depths of our souls, from our inner spirits, and from the very core of our being.
c. We are to come to God with our hearts filled with a sense of awe, reverence, and adoration. It should be the goal of our worship to be a sacrifice of praise to His name.
d. Jesus also said that our worship must be according to truth. Worship should not be tailored to anything other than what God desires of our worship. We should worship Him according to what “He” wants. We must keep a close eye on what we do in worship. We must ask ourselves simple questions that desire sincere answers. We must ask: “Is this the truth of God? Is this God’s teaching in His Word?” We must base our worship on God’s self-revelation in Scripture. God is truth; His Word is truth.
In John 4:9 we read, “…Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.” (NKJ). There were dealings among Jews and Samaritans, but they were not intimate in matters of friendship or of evangelism. Jews were not allowed to share eating utensils with Samaritans. That is because Jews considered Samaritans to be unclean. Because of this verse we can see that the Jews were not evangelistic in spreading Judaism. Instead, they were inclusive. (In Ezra 10, Jewish men, who had married non-Jewish wives, were told to divorce them.) In the teaching of Jesus to the Samaritan woman, it is important to see that the focus on worship is that of worshipping in spirit and truth. Jesus clearly says that the place of worship is not the focus of importance. He had the perfect setting for stating a day or time of worship, but He did not. Jesus came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17.) When He commissioned His disciples to evangelize the world, he told them to teach “all that He had commanded them.” Jesus taught intimacy of relationship and worship to the disciples, not time, place, or day of worship. Not all people who would ultimately accept Christ as their Lord and Savior would have a way of going to Jerusalem to worship. In AD 70, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. As we lead unbelievers to have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we must also teach them the importance of having proper spiritual worship. Ephesians 4:12, “Equipping The Saints”
Titus, An Insignificant Gentile (Non-Jew).
Very little is known about Titus. Paul’s letter to him was written while Paul was in his fourth missionary journey, and probably was dated between A.D. 62 to A.D. 64. Titus was a Gentile who had accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior through the teachings of Paul. Titus is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, but he was taken to Jerusalem by Paul early in his missionary work. It was there that Paul refused to have Titus circumcised. It appears that Titus traveled with Paul on his second and third missionary journeys, and accompanied him during part of Paul’s fourth missionary journey. Titus was trusted by Paul to deal with delicate situations that were taking place in the early church.
Genesis. Chapter 7:1, “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” 4, “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 7, So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 10, And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 13, …Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark. 21And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. Chapter 8:14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.” Chapter 9: 18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
Consider Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Shem was the father of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Ham was the father of such people groups as those who settled in Ninevah, Babylon, and Sodom and Gomorrah. Japheth was the father of the people groups of Gomer, Magog, Tubal, and Meshech (Genesis Chapter 10).
Consider The Descendants Of Abraham.
From the twelfth chapter of Genesis we see that God led the descendants of Jacob, the semetic people, the Hebrews, the Jews. Consequently, the families of Ham and Japheth did not know, “intimately,” the teachings of the Jews, which included the law that God gave to Moses, the feasts of the Jews, and the covenants. It also included the prophetic scriptures that pointed to Jesus as being the Messiah.
Consider The Apostle Paul, A Descendant Of Abraham.
Romans 11:1 “I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”
Titus 1:4, Titus, Led To Faith In Jesus By Paul 1Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, 3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith : Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Galatians 2:1-3, The Council at Jerusalem – Titus, A Gentile, Prevented By Paul From Being Circumcised 1Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. 2It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private * to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. 3 But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. (See Highlights Of The Council Of Jerusalem Below, Acts 15)
Acts 15:1, Judaizers False Teaching: 1Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless * you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot * be saved.”
Acts 15:9, 11, Peter’s Affirmation Of Salvation By Faith Through Grace: (9),and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. (11) “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
Acts 15:19-20, Declaration Of James (Brother Of Jesus, Leader Of Jerusalem Church): 19″Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.
Acts 15:28-29, Letter Of Declaration To The Churches: 28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials : 29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication ; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”
Summation Of Council Of Jerusalem: Salvation is by faith through grace. Gentiles are not under the law, but should avoid giving offense to Godly Jews. Titus was a part of this test case.
Titus, Epistle: Titus Became Paul’s Representative On The Island Of Crete, And In The Province Of Dalmatia: To Appoint Elders And To Correct False Teaching.
Titus 1:5, Appoint Elders: For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,
Titus 1:10-14, Correct False Teaching 10For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. 12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
2 Timothy 4:10, Titus Sent To Dalmatia (Present Day Croatia): 10 for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica ; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
Consider The Great Commission:
Matthew 28:18-20 – 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19″Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always *, even to the end of the age.”
Consider: “even to the end of the age.”
Consider: Titus, An Insignificant Gentile.
Consider You: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Consider The Holiness Of God. Revelation 4:8-11
8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
The Great Commission of our Lord Jesus instructed His disciples to: “go, teach, baptize, and teach,” all of the things that He had taught them, to “all of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20). His encouragement to them, immediately prior to His ascension to Heaven, was that He would empower them to be His witnesses, “when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,” to go” to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, said of the Holy Spirit, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the works of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Those of us who have been blessed with the spititual gifts of leadership, within the body of Christ, have been given the same commission as that which was given to the disciples/apostles, to “go, teach, baptize, and teach.” The purpose of the posts, that will be found in this blog, is to provide information that will help others to be better able to understand the teachings of God’s Holy Word, and to encourage them to have the attitude that Luke attributed to the Jews who were in Berea. “Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed…” (Acts 17:10-12). The focal point of teaching should lead to the conclusion that was made by the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, when he said, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). Jesus didn’t die of disease or old age; He died as a result of being crucified. But, the good news is, “But now Christ is risen from the dead” (1 Cor 15:20), and because of his being resurrected from the dead: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet ….. the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised …..” (1 Cor 15:52).