April 11th, 2019
She Did Not Personally Know Jesus
John 4:22 (KJB) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Just because a person chooses to worship does not mean they are worshipping God. This woman claimed to worship God with her mouth, but her heart was obviously far removed from personally knowing Him. It is possible to know about God in your head but not have salvation and His presence at work in your heart. Head knowledge alone will not change the heart condition of a lost man.
The ancient context of this verse is pointing to a time when salvation was exclusively held for the Jewish people who were God’s chosen people. However, later God grafted in the Gentiles into His spiritual family. Many people point to the book of John in chapter fifteen for the time when salvation was made possible for the Gentiles. However, that is not correct, salvation was made available to both Jews and Gentiles since later Old Testament times specifically with the prophet Jonah sent to preach to the Gentiles.
Though for some people, especially Jewish people, in being God’s original chosen people, makes them feel salvation is exclusively offered to them and not perhaps available for others. No one race has the “key’ to eternal life. God paved the way through His Son for making salvation available for every spiritually softened heart.
No race or ethnicity has a “leg up” in salvation. God ushers in salvation to any heart that agrees with Him about the nature of sin placing faith in the power and presence of God at work in their heart. This woman’s dialogue in the verse above was not personally familiar with the nature and character of God or acquainted with God’s “whosoever plan” of salvation.