William Barclay (1907-1978) said…
True and genuine worship is when man, through his spirit attains to friendship and intimacy with God. True and genuine worship is not to come to a certain place; it is not to go through a certain ritual or liturgy; it is not even to bring certain gifts. True worship is when the spirit … speaks to and meets with God, who is immortal and invisible (From: The Gospel of John – 1975 vol. 1, p. 154)
Col 1: 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
To make any image of God, which makes Him more visible, is unacceptable for the Old Testament. However, in God’s freedom He decided to reveal Himself in Jesus. Paul says, ‘He is the image of the invisible God’ (Col 1:15). In addition, John says, ‘No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only (Jesus), who is at the Father’s side, has made him known’ (John 1:18). Through Jesus God made Himself known to us.
What do we see in Jesus? This is an important question, because Jesus is God’s revelation. If we therefore see who Jesus is, we also see who God is. Paul says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God just after he said in the previous verse that in Jesus we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (1:14). A few verses on he says that God restored the relationship of peace between Him and us, by reconciling us to Him (1:19, 20). When John writes about what it means that Jesus reveals God’s heart to us, he says, ‘We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (1:14, 16, 17)
Who is the true God? How do we worship Him alone as the true God? We do it by recognising Him as the God of grace, the God who is faithful, as the one who brought peace between Him and us.
Lord, I praise you your grace and truth that never end, in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.