Text: “In the last day, that great day of the feast (the feast of Tabernacles), Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth (trusts and keeps right on trusting) on Me, as the Scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Good morning, continually trusting Christian! The Divine gift of saving faith that the Lord God has given you and the author, keeps us trusting or believing continually - through the hard times and the good times - because the decision to save us was not one of our own making, but of our Sovereign and gracious Lord God. (John 15:16)
Therefore, nothing can pluck us from His hand! We are saved for time and Eternity,! We possess Eternal life right NOW! Hallelujah!
“And I give unto them Eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man (not even ourselves!) pluck them out of My hand.” (John 10:28)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Look again at the scene we have been studying these past few weeks in our Journey In John’s Gospel. See the scene unfold before our faith-filled eyes. Let us use our ‘sanctified imagination’ to make these Scriptures live:
Jesus wisely chose His time to go up to the feast, not as some arrogant act of bravado - displaying signs and miracles as He went - but as the all-knowing and Sovereign Messiah Lord God that He was and is today. What a Lord! We serve a fearless Jesus. Praise His wonderful Name! (Revelation 5:11-14)
Many of the people that followed after Him only followed Him to gain food or healing, or just to witness His miraculous works. The Jewish leadership detested Him and had already sought to have Him arrested. The so-called Spiritual leaders, especially the Pharisees, had actually ‘…sent officers to take (arrest) Him.’ (V.32)
Yet, in the face of all this dangerous opposition, Jesus remained fearless in His intentions and God-sent purpose. ‘…Jesus stood and cried…‘ out His message of Salvation in the midst of the dangerous crowd. Wow! (V.37)
I wonder, dear Christian friend, would you and I be as fearless in such perilous circumstances; or would we just keep quiet and blend in with the unbelieving crowd? Christ needs us to be fearless in this apostate day.
Precious souls are perishing due to our reluctance to bear public witness of our faith and trust in Christ for Salvation. Speak up, Christian!
The word translated into our English language as ‘…believeth…’ in verse 38 of John chapter 7, would be much better translated TRUSTETH - trust and keep right on trusting continually.
Furthermore, to those of us who are granted faith to trust and to keep right on trusting continually in Christ Jesus and His one time, for all time, Atonement Sacrifice at
Calvary’s Cross - there is
a definite promise from God given.
“He that believeth (trusteth) on Me (Christ Jesus), as the Scripture hath said, out of his/her belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)
But what exactly is the Lord Jesus referring to here? What is this ‘…living water…’ that shall flow from those of His believers? Ask the questions during Bible Study, try to seek the answers; gain wisdom and faith afresh.
Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture. Thus, verse 39 interprets verse 38 so as we are left in no doubt as to Christ’s meaning. Praise God it is so.
Therefore, it is clear that when we trust Christ and continue to put our trust in Him, we shall be granted great fillings of God the Spirit and, receiving such fillings, we shall be enabled to outpour Spiritual blessings on all who we speak to and live before daily. The blessings of Salvation that the Lord has given us by His grace, shall be shared with many others and they too shall be truly and Eternally blessed in Christ’s Salvation. Hallelujah!
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-20)
See how smoothly Scripture dove-tails into other Spirit-inspired Scripture? Go forth then, continually trusting Christian, speak a word for Jesus, and the Spirit within you will do the rest. The Lord bless your victorious day.
Thought: ’…Open thy mouth wide, and I (the Lord) will fill it.’