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GOD IS A SPIRIT.

GOD IS A SPIRIT.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. COGSWELL, D. D

JOHN IV. 24.

" God is a Spirit : and they that worship him must worship him m spirit
and in truth."
BY J. COGSWELL, D. D

JOHN IV. 24.

" God is a Spirit : and they that worship him must worship him m spirit
and in truth."

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GOD IS A SPIRIT.
BY J. COGSWELL, D. D
JOHN IV. 24. " God is a Spirit : and they that worship him must worship him m spirit and in truth." That God i.s a Spirit, immaterial, invisible and omnipresent, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness, a God of truth, jus-tice and mercy, has been the firm belief of all the truly pious of every age. The worship of some god has been maintained almost uni-versally by all mankind, by the most ignorant as well as by the most learned. Man is a dependent and religious being. He feels his need of some superior power to deliver him from evils, which he cannot escape, and to grant him favors he cannot obtain, by his own exertions. When originally created, man was like God, onl}^ infinitely inferior. He was able to discern and love the beauty and excellency of the divine character, and to do all that was required of him. So long as he continued innocent, he wor-
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shipped God in spirit and in truth. But by his apostasy he became an enemy of God, could no longer discover anything lovely in the divine character, and could no longer delight in his service. Conscious of guilt, and impenitent, he sought to hide himself from his Creator. His descendants changed the " glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and Sermon on John iv. 24. 21 four-footed beasts and creeping things. They changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the crea-ture more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." (Rom. i. 23, 25.) By far the greatest part of mankind are now ignorant of the true God, and are the worshipers of idols. " Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not ; eyes have they, but they see not ; they have ears, but they hear not ; noses have they, but they smell not : they have hands, but they handle not ; feet have they, but they walk not ; neither speak they through their throats. They that make them are like them ; so is every one
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that trusteth in them." (Psalm cxv. 4 — 8.) Though we cannot see God, who is an invisible Spirit ; yet we may know him from His works and word. " For the invis-ible things of Him from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead ; so that they (idolaters) are with-out excuse." (Rom. i. 20.) Since mankind are disposed to worship some god, and since by their apostacy, they have lost their knowledge of the true God ; where the light of revelation is not enjoyed, they wor-ship visible gods. Feeling the necessity of a present god, and ignorant of Him who is an omnipresent Spirit, they so multi-plied their gods as to have one present in every place and for every occasion. Though they acknowledge, without being aware of it, the necessity of an omnipresent Spirit, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness. They know that a material, visible god can be in but one place at one time. To supply this deficiency they have made many gods. In those countries which are nominally Christian, but where 2
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