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LIVING WATERS THAT FLOW

JOH 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

>>Our text speaks of living waters, and as we hold it in context our Saviour "...stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink," V:37.

>>When God created man in His own image—he was a stranger to thirst! Man was created for God's glory, and God was the sole source of man's enjoyment.

GEN 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

>>Man was created in a state of perfect peace and comfort, he drank freely form that river of living water which flowed through the Garden of Eden to water the garden.

GEN 2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

>>Sin has removed man from that river of living water, and Scripture clearly tells us why he was driven out of that beautiful Garden of Eden

GEN 3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

>>It is in this deplorable condition—as man wonders through this parched wilderness, suffering emptiness and thirst where Jesus finds all mankind.

>>Oh what a wonderful declaration we find in the gospel message our Saviour sends forth in JOH 7:37-38 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

>>Wherein is salvation limited? Our text gives two descriptions of who this blessed consolation is for "If any man thirst," and "He that believeth on me."

>>What must we believe concerning Him?

HEB 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

>>Our Saviour says, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, [i.e., if you believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him], as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

>>This gift of the Spirit is acquired by faith!!! "Coming" is "believing." As we obey the miracle of grace is performed!!!

>>Our Saviour stood and cried saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."

>>This was not spoken in private—this word "cried" comes from the Greek word "krazo (krad'-zo)" which means "to `croak' (as a raven), or to scream, i.e., to call aloud (shriek, exclaim, intreat): cry (out).

>>Such a revelation of the earnest call of our Saviour is synonymous with the condescension found in 2CO 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

>>As we hear our Saviour's voice crying unto us through His ambassadors, "If any man thirst, let him come unto [Jesus], and drink," we are not barred by God's secret will, or His election—

>>The only thing which stands in the way is our own rebellion—"we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."

>>Jesus says in our text: JOH 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

>>Christ who gives these living waters which quinces our spiritual thirst, invites us to come unto Him Personally!! All that a sinner wants is found in Him.

>>Jesus has a varied supply of these living waters—the thirst of the soul is not like the thirst of the body which can be satisfied with any single liquid—the soul thirsts for many things.

>>Those "rivers of living water," which originate in Christ are the only satisfaction for our thirst for—peace in distraction, cleansing from the pollution of sin—pardon from the penalty of sin—growth in grace—power in prayer—and perseverance in the faith; all these supplies are to be found in Christ alone.

>>Our Saviour "...stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." He didn't mention any kind of merit required—the only qualification was, "If any man thirst."

ISA 55:1-3 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear [even today as Jesus' ambassador stands and cries saying `If any man thirst, let him come unto Jesus Christ, `hear'] and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

>>Our text says, JOH 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

>>One of the Scriptures to which Jesus made reference which says "...out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water," is found in ISA 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

>>These Scriptures are equally applicable to our present generation—we are not only to be as a sponge taking in water, but also "...like a spring of water, whose waters fail not," ever fresh and giving forth.

>>Our text says "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly [i.e., out of the believer's belly] shall flow rivers of living water."

>>As we are born of the Spirit we are first like a sponge satisfying our hunger and thirst from the body and blood of Christ.

JOH 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

>>After our emptiness has been filed from His fullness with grace for grace as we read in JOH 1:16, then our belly becomes "...like a spring of water, whose waters fail not," ever fresh and giving forth.

>>Water symbolizes both the Word of God, and also the Spirit of God—these two are inseparable—without the Spirit the Word is a sealed Book—without the Word the Spirit has no commission.

>>Scripture refers to the Word as water for sanctification in EPH 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

>>Salvation comes through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Word.

2TH 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

>>The Word and Spirit are symbolized by rain, the dew, and the showers upon the grass in DEU 32:1-2 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

>>Our text says "as the scripture hath said, out of [the believer's] belly shall flow rivers of living water."

>>See what Scripture says about how those rivers of living water shall flow from the believer's belly

DEU 32:2-4 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

>>When the believer has come unto Christ that he might live, not only is his thirst satisfied, but those living waters "...satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not," ISA 58:11.

>>Our Saviour told the woman of Samaria,

JOH 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

>>After her thirst was satisfied, see how those living waters began to flow!

JOH 4:28-30 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

>>Our text says, "...out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water," What does that word belly mean?

>>The word in the original is translated as the inner crevice, or the heart—It is that part of the man where the inner cravings are felt.

>>In our fallen condition the belly is where the god of self is set up.

PHI 3:18-19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

>>The belly is that part of a man that is never satisfied—it is constantly crying for something else to appease it cravings—

>>Oh what a wonder of grace our Saviour, "stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."

>>The believer who comes to Christ shall not only have his thirst fully satisfied, but his belly shall overflow with living water as he goes out to share with his fellow man.

>>Our text also says, JOH 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

>>This points us to the day of Pentecost which tells us, ACT 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

>>What does it mean that they "...began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance"?

ACT 2:6-8 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

>>This word "tongue" used in V:8 comes from the Greek word "dialektos (dee-al'-ek-tos)" which means "dialect or language."

>>The root word for "dialektos (dee-al'-ek-tos)" is "dialegomai (dee-al-eg'-om-ahee)" which means "to say thoroughly, i.e., discuss (in arguement or exhortation)—dispute, preach unto, reason with, speak.

>>When we have come to Christ—and our thirst is fully satisfied, then "as the Scriptures hath said," out of our bellies will flow these living waters—

>>Then that blessed doctrine of Christ which we find in JOH 7:17, "...shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass," DEU 32:2.

>>"As the Scripture hath said," PRO 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

ISA 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

JOH 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

>>"As the Scripture hath said," ISA 12:2-5 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

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