by Eric Dunbar
In describing God, Jesus made it clear that God is Spirit and He said those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. Spirit is the essence of God.
Spirit is the Essence of Who God Is
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had more followers than John, Jesus left Judea and set a course for Galilee. But rather than take the normal route of the Jews of His day, which was to cross the Jordan River at Jericho, travel north along the east side of the river, and then cross the river again back into Galilee, Jesus took the more direct route which took him through the heart of Samaria. Jesus’ disciples were amazed that He would take this route because Jews and Samaritans had no dealings with each other, but nevertheless they went along.
When He arrived in the Samaritan city of Sychar it was about noon, and being tired from His journey, Jesus sat by Jacob’s well after sending His disciples into the city to buy food. While He sat by the well a Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. This particular woman would have been morally offensive to any Jew because she had been married five times and was presently living with a man to whom she was not married.
But that didn’t stop Jesus from asking her for a drink of water. The woman was astonished that Jesus would even talk to her, let alone ask her for a drink of water. Jesus then engaged in conversation with this woman about spiritual things, which brought up the subject of where and how people should worship God.
Jesus said to the woman, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming and now ism when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” Then Jesus said something that had never been said or clearly understood. He said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
God is the Breath of Life
God is Spirit, But what does that mean? When we think spirit we think ghost — a supernatural being that does not have a body. God is the Supreme supernatural being, and although God is Spirit, He has a body, but not like a human body.
The original language that the New Testament is written in is Greek. In the Greek, the word spirit is pneuma (pnyoo’-mah) and it is translated breath of life.
The scriptures tell us that God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life — His life, and man became alive.
God is a Person
The God of the Bible is not like the gods of the religions of the world that men have made from silver and gold with their own hands. Their gods have mouths that do not speak, eyes that cannot see, ears that cannot hear, hands that cannot do anything and feet that cannot walk. Our God is alive. That is why throughout the Bible He is called the living God (e.g. Deuteronomy 5:26; 1 Samuel 17:26; Psalm 42:2; Isaiah 34:17; Daniel 6:26; Matthew 16:16; Mark 12:17; Acts 14:15; Romans 9:26; 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 9:14).
God has intellect, emotions, and will. God thinks, He feels, and He acts. Theses are qualities that only a living person can have. Our God is alive.
God is Invisible
The Bible tells us that no on has seen God at any time, but we know that He is alive. You cannot see the wind, but yet you can feel it. You cannot see the oxygen you breathe, but without it you will die.
People have seen visible manifestations of God, which He used to reveal Himself to them and to communicate with them. But no one has ever seen God in the fullness of His Spirit being because God is Spirit and spirits are invisible.