LIVING WATER? 030815

Cascade waterfall in Planten un Blomen park in HamburgIn John 4:10-14, talking to the Samaritan woman, Jesus says, “You don’t know what God can give you. And you don’t know who I am, the one who asked you for a drink. If you knew, you would have asked me, and I would have given you living water.” The woman said, “Sir, where will you get that living water? .  .  13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. 14 But anyone who drinks the water I give will never be thirsty again. The water I give people will be like a spring flowing inside them. It will bring them eternal life.”

In John 7:37-39, it says, 37“The last day of the festival came. It was the most important day.  On that day Jesus stood up and said loudly, “Whoever is thirsty may come to me and drink. 38If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from their heart. That is what the Scriptures say.”  39Jesus was talking about the Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given to people, because Jesus had not yet been raised to glory. But later, those who believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit.

So I have three QUESTIONS: 1] What is this ‘living water’?; 2] How do you get it?, and 3] How does this whole idea show up in our world today? (What is really going on here?) ANSWERS: 1] In both cases Jesus is talking about ‘living water’ being the Holy Spirit.  2] If you want to have the Holy Spirit in your own heart, so ‘rivers of living water’ will flow out from you, you must believe in Jesus (believe means “cling to, trust in and rely on” Him).  3] As the text says, the Holy Spirit did not come to people until after Jesus ascended into heaven.  Then He sent His Holy Spirit, to teach us, to comfort us, to lead us into all truth.  This is a supernatural act of God.  This is a planned event, designed by God.  If we surrender our whole selves to God, the Holy Spirit WILL come to us.  Then God will use us (each one of us) to touch and change those around us.

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