HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
We are not left to wonder about the meaning of Jesus’ words in this short passage, as the inspired writer reveals their meaning to us. This “living water” that Jesus promises to those who believe in Him is the Holy Spirit that would be given after Jesus was glorified (i.e. resurrected and ascended back to the Father). That prophetic statement was fulfilled beginning in Acts 2 when the Spirit came upon the Apostles, leading them into all truth and giving them miraculous abilities to spread that message to the world. Many first-century Christians were also granted a miraculous measure of the Spirit’s power to ensure a proper instruction and understanding of God’s will. But all of that was working toward an even greater gift of the Spirit—one that would be available to all of mankind and would be able to lead any open and receptive heart to salvation in Christ. That gift, of course, is God’s holy Word, given by the inspiration of the Spirit, and through its teachings, we have access to all of God’s blessings. What a wonderful gift!
Why is God’s Word so valuable to us today?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!