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John 4:10-11 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (KJV)
did Jesus mean by “living water?”
the Old Testament, there are many verses which speak
of thirsting after God as one thirsts for water (Psalm
42:1; Isaiah 55:1; Jeremiah 2:13; Zech. 13:1). God is
called the fountain of life (Psalm 36:9) and the spring of living water (Jeremiah 17:13). In saying Jesus would bring “living
water” that could forever
quench a person’s thirst for God, Jesus was claiming
to be the Messiah. Only
the Messiah could give this Gift that completely satisfies
In these verses, we see our Lord Jesus tired and thirsty.
This shows us that He truly was a man. Also, He was
a poor man, and went all His journeys on foot. Being
tired, He sat on the well; for there was no other place
to rest. Many others had sat there before. A woman arrived,
and Jesus asked her for water. She was surprised because
He did not show any anger or hostility against the Samaritans.
Jesus took the occasion to teach her Divine things.
He told her more about Himself than He had told the
disciples. He converted this woman, by showing her sinfulness,
and her need of a Saviour.
Christ told her that the water of Jacob’s well
yielded only a short satisfaction. Where ever we go
and whatever waters of comfort we drink, we will become
thirsty again. Only the Spirit of grace, and the comforts
of the Gospel, will abundantly satisfy a person’s
soul. Carnal hearts look no higher than their physical
By “living water”
is meant the Holy Spirit, who in turn, makes eternal
life possible. The blessing of the Messiah had been
promised in the Old Testament, but now the Messiah sat
talking to the woman. Jesus tried to tell her that the
graces of the Holy Spirit, and that His comforts could
satisfy the thirsting soul for ever. But what Jesus
spoke spiritually, she saw as physical.
“Give it to me,” she said. Our
Lord Jesus reproved her present state of life. The woman
admitted that Jesus was a prophet. No
past sins can bar our acceptance with Him, IF we humble
ourselves before Him, and by faith believe that He is
the Christ, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world.
John 7:37-39 In
the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood
and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto
me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the
scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers
of living water.  (But this spake
he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should
receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because
that Jesus was not yet glorified.) [KJV] Jesus
used the term “living
water” in John 4:10 to indicate
eternal life by the Holy Spirit. Here He uses the term
again to refer to the Holy Spirit. The two go together,
hand in hand: wherever the Holy Spirit is accepted,
He brings eternal life.
Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ followers at Pentecost
(Acts 2) and has since been available to ALL who believe
in Jesus as Saviour. If any person truly desires to
be happy for eternity, they MUST believe in and accept
Christ. They MUST open the door of their heart (wide
open) to Him, and be willing to be ruled by Him. To
thirst for God means to sincerely desire (hunger) spiritual
blessings. Actually, your soul feels like it is starving.
There is nothing else that can satisfy a person’s
soul, only God and His precious Son.
The blessed and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit,
is what Jesus meant when He called on them to come to
Him and drink. The comfort flows abundantly and consistently,
like a river; washing away doubts, worries and fears.
There is a fullness in Christ. See: All Fulness of Christ.
The Spirit dwelling and working in believers, is like
a fountain of living, running water, out of which unlimited
streams flow, and is cooling and cleansing as water.
These wondrous streams have flowed from our glorified
Redeemer, down to this present day, to the most remote
corners of the earth.
we be obedient to our Lord, and be anxious to make these
waters known to others.
God’s ancient proclamation is still true today.
55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come
ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye,
buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money
and without price. [KJV] Is anyone thirsty? Come
and drink! It’s free! In light of this, we have
just two choices; either to say with Caiaphas of Jesus,
"He is guilty of death," OR fall down before
Him to cry out with Thomas, " My Lord AND MY God!"
The Holy Spirit’s indwelling in the renewed soul
ensures the unfailing flow of living water. The Holy
Spirit works in the redemption of man, entirely at the
service of Christ, as His Agent. It
is only by believing God --- that salvation is ONLY
through His Son, that any one “receives”
the Spirit. The Holy Ghost is a Gift of Christ to help
us live a life that is pleasing to Him. The waters of
the Spirit, is ready, willing and able to gush forth
upon a thirsty world. How is the world
to know about these waters? It is the obligation and
duty of ALL believers to tell the lost souls around
them. “Go ye therefore.” (Mat.28:19; Rom.10:13-17).
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