“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Water of The Holy Spirit and Washing of GOD’S Word
by Rita Ogada | Contributing Writer | Eternal Affairs Media
Terms that would probably come to mind the moment you hear the word water are cleanliness, purification, refreshing, quenching thirst, or cooling.
The dictionary gives a couple of definitions like fluids, plant growth, colorless, odorless; transparent liquid existing on planet earth in the form of lakes, rivers, seas, oceans and rain, etc, which are all applicable.
Facts like 75% of the earth and 75% of the body is made up of water also pop up in the mind.
With all these definitions and facts in mind, you can see how water is an important element in people’s day to day lives.
It’s the source of life on the tiny planet earth in the entire universe.
Now, let’s take a look at water from a spiritual perspective.
The Water of The Holy Spirit
In the Bible, several verses attribute water as one of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. For example, Jesus spoke about the outpouring of the Spirit, likening it to springs of living waters flowing from the wells of the heart.
Take a look at John 7:37-39
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
From this scripture, it’s clear that every time Jesus mentioned “Living Waters”, He meant the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
Delving deeper into the Bible, you’ll find more scriptures mentioning “water” and the “Holy Spirit” simultaneously. This means that there is a relationship between the water and the Spirit. That is, water is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
For example, Isaiah 44:3;
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
If you closely look at this scripture, there’s a chronology of events; first, there’s thirst, then the promise of the release of water on the parched dry land followed by streams that water the dry ground.
Subsequently, the outpouring of the Spirit on the offspring of Israel is mentioned, followed by blessings on their descendants.
If you like it, you can say this scripture is divided into two sections. First, the description of a metaphor, then its interpretation in the second section.
Such a beautiful revelation.
The Water You’ll Drink And Never Thirst
You may be familiar with the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the Well of Jacob.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink? (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of GOD and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Let’s pay attention to the words “Living Waters”.
It’s common knowledge that water is a fluid or liquid that has no life in it and can’t breathe. But, it’s the reason life exists on earth.
So this water that Jesus says is living is alive. It breathes. It speaks. It moves. It has life. But that which has life is a being, and the only possible conclusion we can deduce from this scripture, is that Jesus meant the Holy Spirit.
He also says that this kind of water would never cause thirst again when drank. Could this mean that the receiver of these Living waters also becomes the source of the water. Let’s take a look at John 4:13-14;
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
So it’s a fact that the receiver becomes the wellspring of this Living water – the source of that water. This water then flows into eternity giving them the assurance and hope of eternal life.
The Washing of The Water of The Word of GOD
In normal circumstances, water is used as a cleanser or purifier of something. It’s what you’d use to clean your house, bathe yourself or even detox your internal system to maintain good health.
The Word of GOD also has a similar effect. It’s the spiritual water that cleanses, purifies, sanctifies, and detoxes the mind, spirit and soul of a man.
to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
In this scripture, the washing of a person happens only through the Word of GOD. When you look at the book of Hebrews 9:22, another cleansing element is mentioned, but only cleanses nearly everything.
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
This can only mean that there are things that require a different kind of cleansing. And that is cleansing through the washing waters of the Word of GOD.
The question that then pops up is, what are these things that can only be purified by water?
- The Mind
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by The Spirit is Life and Peace
A perverted mind is naturally hostile to GOD as it is impure and GOD is pure. Purity and impurity can never mix. They have nothing in common.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
The first step to take in purifying the mind is separation. Separation from the filth and perversion of the world.
2 Corinthians 6:17
Therefore, come out from them and be separate, says the LORD.
Touch no unclean thing, and i will receive you.
Only then can one achieve complete and continual sanctification that produces pure worship acceptable to GOD. It is actually, true religion according to the Bible.
Religion that GOD our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
The next step is purification. This constant exposure to the perversion of this world through media and the internet has left the mind vulnerable to unintentional sin. Technology has made it easier to satisfy the desires of the flesh at the comfort of our phones.
Even Jesus Christ Himself while praying for His disciples, asked GOD the Father to protect them from the perversion of the world.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, even as i am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
He asked God to continually sanctify them by the truth, which is the word of GOD. Likewise, if we commit to studying the Word of GOD on a daily basis, then we can continually be sanctified and remain pure in a perverted world.
- Our Conduct
Applying the Word of God through obedience is also a form of purification. Take a look at what 1 Peter 1:22-23 says;
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of GOD.
There are more attributes about the Word of GOD mentioned in this scripture, such as the imperishable seed, but our main focus here will be the purification that only takes place through absolute obedience to the truth – the word of GOD.
The effect of this obedience, or purification, is a sincere, pure love expressed deeply from the heart, and endures as long as the Living Word of GOD. Meaning it doesn’t die, it keeps burning, and is alive.
- The Heart
The word of GOD gives a stern warning concerning the heart. Every believer is urged to guard their hearts with all diligence, because out of it, comes or rather flows the issues of life.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Jesus also warned that that which defiles a person doesn’t come from what he takes in, but from what comes out of his heart.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For our of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, fasle testimony, slander.
And so as a Christian, it’s important to pay attention to what flows into your heart.
For the heart to produce the pure springs of water that bring life, then there’s need to abide by the source – Christ Jesus. [John 15:1-8].
Keep Drinking The Living Waters
For your heart and mind to continually experience spiritual nourishment on a daily basis, you’ll need to constantly drink from the source of the Living Waters – The LORD Jesus, who is the Word of GOD.
This means a daily commitment to study the Bible and apply what you learn from it. With this kind of commitment, you’ll also experience a constant renewal of the mind that would help you clearly discern the Will of GOD in your life.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Drinking continually from the fountain of Living waters would make your heart eager to do good and fill your mind with godly things.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
So what’s the conclusion of the matter? Study and meditate on the Word of GOD day and night, just as the Psalmist said:
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.