January 6, 2015
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 6 January 2015
Jesus said He was the gift of God, and He had living water to give (John 4:10). However, the individual to whom He spoke those words did not have the capacity for such spiritual insight; she was enslaved to her flesh. She simply responded to Jesus with questions (John 4:11-12). Jesus would amaze this Samaritan woman even more with his answer (vv. 13-14).
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.”
Jesus can give “living water” that removes thirst forever, and the one who receives this water will be “a well of water springing up to eternal life.” The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers lives removes our frustrated spiritual thirst forever and transforms us into those who overflow with eternal life that overflows to others (rather than being a desert in someone’s life).
John the Evangelist used many themes for “water” or “living water” in his Gospel. According to the New Covenant (Jer 31; Ezek 36), the “water” in John 3:5 symbolized the cleansing and purification that God would sprinkle upon his people (and the new spirit referred to the impartation of new life [a new heart] by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit). Water is frequently used in the New Testament as a cleansing through the divine word.
John 15:3 – “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Ephesians 5:25-26 -- . . . 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.
Jesus almost made the same announcement in saying that the water is the Holy Spirit.
John 7:37-39 – . . . “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ “ But this He spoke of the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive. . . .
The water signifies eternal life, which is mediated by the Holy Spirit, and that only Jesus, the Messiah and Savior of the world, can provide.
The living water is provided from Jesus as the Holy Spirit mediates it. In other words, not only does the teaching of the Living Word satisfy the thirst of those born of the Holy Spirit, but also the ministry of the Holy Spirit satisfies the thirst of those He has regenerated (made born again). Both Christ and the Holy Spirit cause the believer to be a fountain of life. The Holy Spirit made the Word of Christ (for us, the Written Word) understandable and satisfying to those born from above (John 3:3-8). The Word of God and the Holy Spirit unite to quench our spiritual thirst and make us a fountain of life.
I hope this is as encouraging for you as it is for me. The power of God can transform anyone into a fountain of life: one to be used by God to give life. Each one of us should be encouraged that as we turn from our sin (repent) and keep drinking from the well of God’s Word, we may be used of God, so long as we drink deeply at the right well (biblical revelation: the Holy Bible).
REMINDER: next Tuesday (13th of January)
begins weekly Capitol Commission Bible Studies
Room 403 CAP, Georgia Capitol, at 7:30am;
and again, at 12 Noon, 123 CAP, Georgia Capitol