Friday, May 19, 2017

What is Living Water?

In our small group discussion on Thursday nights, people come with Bibles in hand and the pastor opens the floor to anyone with a question. We search the scriptures and engage in a discussion regarding the person's question. Last night someone asked about one of my favorite metaphors in the Bible. What is the Living Water?

It is from the scene from John 4, when in Samaria, a tired Jesus sat down in front of the well, and a woman from the village came out a noonday to draw water. An amazing conversation ensued. Here are verses 10-14:

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, "Give me a drink," you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." 11The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock." 13Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

From this verse, we understand the Living Water is eternal life in Jesus. Nowhere else but in Jesus does a person have eternal life. He is the fountain. (Jeremiah 2:13). He is the spring. (Isaiah 12:3, Revelation 22:14, John 7:38).

What about after the moment of regeneration, after the person has received eternal life? The waters do not stop flowing. The living water is eternal life in Jesus, as mediated by the Spirit. It is the flow of the Spirit's guidance that transforms the newly forgiven creature into a person gradually conformed to Christ for all eternity.



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Further reading

Founders Ministries: The Model

GotQuestions: What did Jesus Mean when He said Living Water?



2 comments:

  1. When I read your post I can't help but think of Psalm 1, which I am memorising at present, when it talks about a man who delights in God's law shall be like a tree that is planted by rivers of living water. I love the word 'planted' because it reveals that our life in Christ Jesus is continual and not just a one off decision. I love being 'planted' by the rivers of 'living water'. 😆

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    1. Melina, that's wonderful! Thanks so much for the insight. I love it too, "planted" with the water nourishing us. Good one!

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