December 31, 2017

A Well Springing Up – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

By Don R. Patton

“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Water is absolutely essential for the world we know. I had a chemistry professor who introduced his chapter on water with the quip, “Without water, what would we do with all our ships?” His joke was funny because we are all well aware that the significance of water goes far, far beyond ships. We understand that most of what happens on earth requires it. We would not exist without it and if it is cut off we die.

Jesus used this obvious knowledge to communicate to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, and to you and me.

The word translated “drinks,” used twice in the above passage, is not in the same form both times in the original Greek. The first is present tense, which in the Greek implies a continual, habitual drinking. The second is aorist, which typically indicates a one-time action.

Likewise, the two references to a “well” in the passage depict two different ideas. The Samaritan woman referred to a “well” (literally “a hole in the ground”), while Christ denoted a “flowing well,” or “spring,” using a different word. The ESV appropriately translates it, “welling up.”

Also consider that when Jesus said one who drinks from His spring will “never be thirsty again,” He expressed Himself in a very emphatic way. Not only is “thirsty” emphasized by the sentence structure, but the combination of two negatives preceding the verb “thirsty” is further strengthened by a word often translated “forever,” or “eternal.” He said literally: “shall not, shall not thirst, forever.”

One who drinks from the wells of the world will continually thirst, again and again, for sinful pleasures that never satisfy. But a drink from the springs of “living water” (4:10; 7:38) of which Christ spoke eliminates spiritual thirst forever!

The drink of water from Christ is water that satisfies with the promise of forgiveness from every sin, perfect peace, ultimate fulfillment now, together with the firm conviction in the promise of eternal life forever. It becomes in the believer a veritable spring, inexhaustible in its quantity and unsurpassed in its quality. The water appears to portray the continual work of the Holy Spirit through His word that fills our hearts, sent by Jesus to comfort and provide complete guidance to His followers in His absence. One day we’ll be with Him, and then, as well as now, He completely satisfies.

Adapted from an article by John Morris


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