Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.…
1. Is He a Saviour? Then we should come to Him as sinners; for sinners only need a Saviour. All others will be rejected. There can be no acceptable worship until we are convinced of sin, and humbled on account of it.
2. Is God a Father? Then we should worship Him as children.
3. Is He a Spirit? Then, "We must worship Him in spirit and in truth." Whether as a Saviour, a Father, or the Great God, He will accept only the worship of the mind, the heart, the understanding. An idol god might be satisfied with the bended knee and uplifted hand, but our God looks on the heart.
Parallel VersesKJV: Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.