“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” — John 7:38.
Our Lord, in His Conversation with the Samaritan woman, said: “The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14). In our text, the promise is even greater: rivers of living waters flowing from Him, bringing life and blessing to others. John says further that this refers to The Holy Ghost, who should come when Christ had been glorified, for The Holy Spirit was not yet poured out. The Spirit Of God was mentioned in the Old Testament, but The Holy Spirit had not yet been given. Christ must first be offered through The Eternal Spirit (on the cross) (Hebrews 9:14), and raised from the dead by The Spirit Of Holiness (Romans 1:4), and receive from the Father power to send forth The Holy Ghost. Then only would the Christian be able to say: Now The Holy Spirit of Christ is in me.
What do we need in order to experience these two wonderful promises, of the well of water and the rivers of living water? Just one thing—the inner attachment to Christ, and the unreserved surrender to fellowship with Him, and the firm assurance that His Spirit will work in us what we cannot do. In one word: He that believeth on Me. We need a faith that rejoices in the divine might and love, and depends on Him day by day, to grant us grace, that living water may flow forth from us.
We can truly agree that The River Of God is so full of life, and also has the power to revive us. As we drink from its water, it causes us to hunger and thirst for the deeper things of God and become alive through Christ. Jesus Christ calls it living water. We need to take this living water and spread it to others, so that they may be revived, and come to believe on Christ.
If the water from a reservoir is to flow into a house all day, one thing is necessary, that the connection must be perfect, and then the water passes through the pipe of its own accord. So the union between you and Christ must be uninterrupted. Your faith must accept Christ, and depend and believe upon Him, to sustain the new life.
Let your faith rejoice that Jesus Christ gives us The Holy Spirit, and may you have the assurance that The Holy Spirit is within you as a fountain of blessing.
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