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Rivers of living water…

"On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, 'Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.'  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified."   John 7:37-39

 

Just a few months before His death, Jesus stood and spoke to a group of followers at the Feast of Tabernacles.  Once again, Jesus used the term "living water," this time referring to the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit, as prophesied in the Old Testament, would be poured out on believers of Jesus.  However, this would only happen after the Messiah's death, burial, and resurrection.  Jesus had used the term "living water" in John 4:10 when He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well: "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water."  Jesus goes on to say in John 4:13, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  Many Old Testament Scriptures allude to those who "thirst" after God.  In Psalm 36:9, God is called the "fountain of life."  In Jeremiah 17:13, He is called the "spring of living water."  The "rivers of living water" Jesus refers to in John 7:38, is the gift of the Holy Spirit in a believer.  The "living water" Jesus refers to in John 4:10, it the eternal life promised to the anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit and eternal life come together in the form of "rivers of living water."  When we admit our sin before God and believe in the Messiah, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, we are immediately baptized with the Holy Spirit.  And the baptism of the Holy Spirit brings eternal life to the believer…life that can never be taken away or lost or stolen.  That is why in Romans 8:38-39, Paul could say, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is Christ Jesus our Lord."  Do you have rivers of living water flowing from within you?  If not, repent of your sin and turn to Jesus.  He will save you, and the Holy Spirit of God will fill you with rivers of living water, eternal life that can never be taken away!

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