Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 14, 2019

“the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 4:1-14.  Here is a link to this Scripture –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water.  Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?”  (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep;  where then do You get that living water?  You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”  Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst;  but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  John 4:7-14.

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What is that “water” that Jesus gives that will become “a well of water springing up to eternal life”?

Is that water simply reference to the Holy Spirit?

If so, why is there both the need to be born both “of water and the Spirit” in order to be born again such as in the following verse?  “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”  John 3:5.

Is that water a reference to the water used to baptize believers such as in the following verse?  “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”  Acts 10:47.

Does the action of water in a spring describe the springing action of the Holy Spirit such as in the following verse?  “…  the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  Verse 14.

Does the action of water in cleansing describe the cleansing action of the Holy Spirit such as in the following Scriptures?  

“… Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.”  Ephesians 5:25-27.

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;  I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”  Ezekiel 36:25-27.

Does the action of water in quenching thirst describe the quenching action of spiritual thirst of the Holy Spirit such as in the following verses?  “Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst;  …”  Verses 13-14.

Here are more Scriptures.

“3 ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
4 And they will spring up among the grass
Like poplars by streams of water.’”  Isaiah 44:3-4.

“I (John the Baptist) baptized you with water;  but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  Mark 1:8.

Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;  and a voice came out of the heavens:  “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”  Mark 1:10-11.

“Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  Verse 10.

“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”  John 19:34.

This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ;  not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.  It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  For there are three that testify:  the Spirit and the water and the blood;  and the three are in agreement.”  1 John 5:6-8.


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