What is Living Water?
In John Chapter four we see Jesus purposely traveling to the
city of Samaria near the place that Jacob’s well was located.
Jesus was tired from His journey and sat down to rest.
There came a woman from the city of Samaria to get water from
the well. Jesus therefore asked the woman for a drink of water.
The woman who noticed that Jesus was Jewish and that Jewish
people didn’t have anything to do with Samaritan people, was
very surprised that this stranger would speak to her (herself a
This may seem strange to people in our
generation especially in the free world where it is believed in
general that all are equal. However, in the past and still in
many parts to today’s world there is much prejudice and even
hatred over people who are different than the mainstream.
Jesus though is different, He doesn’t know the word hate. He
went purposely to this place to give the gift of living water or
eternal life to this one lone woman. The Jews in that day didn’t
associate with Samaritans. The woman asked Jesus why He would
ask a drink of her who was a Samaritan.
Jesus bypassed that issue entirely
because He didn’t come to that place to crusade for Jewish –
Samaritan relationships; He came to save the lost. This is an
issue today’s church needs to return to. We can get into civil
rights, politics, saving the environment, and other social
issues so deep that the individual salvation of souls takes a
People are lost. They need to be saved
and receive that living water which will give them entrance into
eternal life. This is for real. We can get so concerned with
trying to live this life and pursue the things in this life that
the eternal soul remains in darkness and is separated from God.
Jesus then told the woman that if she
only knew who it was that she was talking to, she could only ask
and He would give her living water in which the partaking of
would cause her to have eternal life. It was literally a well of
living water that would spring up within her soul and cause her
to receive life eternal.
Eternal life would mean that at the
point of her natural death, her soul would leave her body and go
to be with the Lord to await the resurrection of the body. “To
be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” This
“Living Water” was not literal water that would cause her body
never to suffer natural thirst if she went a few hours without
water. This “Living Water” referred to that which comes into us
by the Holy Spirit of God when we believe in Jesus.
Jesus said in John 14 that “If a man love me, he will keep my
word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him,
and make our abode with him.”
Imagine that for one minute. If we love Him, we will keep His
words. The Father in Heaven will love us and come and abide
within us. The Father and the Son of God abide within a believer
by the presence of the Holy Spirit. This is what Jesus is
speaking of when He talks of the living water. This is another
way of saying that we must be born again by God’s spirit to be
saved. This living water is a well springing up within us that
changes our entire life and makes us a new person.
To receive this “Living Water” we first believe in Jesus Christ
as Lord, savior, Messiah and then we believe His words. This
opens the door and will allow Him into our lives. As we do this,
our sins are washed away. All things become new and we are “Born
Again” by God’s spirit. We are not merely accepting a religion
called Christianity. This is not another religion. This is a
cleansing, washing, renewing and the saving of our soul.
The women then asked Jesus, how He could give her the living
water when He had nothing to draw water with. He had no bucket
or pail in which to get water from the well.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, every one that drinks of this
water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall
never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become
in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.”
The woman right away wanted this living water and proceeded to
ask Him for this living water. Then Jesus seems to change the
“ The woman said unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I
thirst not, neither come all the way hither to draw. "
Jesus said unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
The woman answered and said unto him, I have no husband.
Jesus said unto her, Thou said well, I have no husband:
for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now
hast is not thy husband: this hast thou said truly. “
Jesus was wanting to give this woman the living water that would
save her soul but He had to get rid of the sin first.
Sin is what separates us from God. When Adam disobeyed the word
of God in the beginning of creation, He allowed both physical
death and eternal separation from God to result and to come upon
all mankind. Now all of us are born with a natural instinct to
sin. That sin makes us separate from a Holy God. To reverse this
awful curse that came upon mankind, a just perfect man had to
suffer the penalty of death without having sinned himself. The
Bible says that the soul that sins, shall die. That means to die
physically first; then have the soul enter eternity in a place
for departed spirits that do not know God. We call that place
hell. The spirit and soul of all of us does not go out of
existence. It will be somewhere, in either heaven or hell. The
soul is the part of us that needs to be saved.
By man sin entered the world so only a man can reverse that
curse. But the sad thing is, we are all born with this tendency
to sin that we inherit from Adam. There is no way a natural born
man can live his entire life without once committing a sin. Sin
is transgression of the law of God. All of us have sinned and
are separated from God.
This is why God send His own divine eternal Son to become flesh.
Jesus came into human flesh, was born into the world by way of a
virgin that had never known man. The Holy Spirit placed the seed
within Mary and the one born of her was God but was also man.
“God in the flesh” or “God with us”. No natural man could be
this savior because he would sin sooner or later. It had to be
God but also a man of flesh and blood.
Jesus lived His entire life without breaking the law of God even
once. He did not sin. When Jesus was crucified as a criminal, He
allowed Himself to suffer death paying the penalty for sin that
He didn’t commit. Since He was innocent of any sin, the penalty
He paid can be transferred to us who believe in Him. He paid the
penalty for us who believe.
We still have to suffer a temporary natural death but the minute
we believe in Him, we are reconciled back to God and are no
longer separated from God. How can this be?
Before we believe, sin is separating us from God. The penalty
for sin is death. When Jesus died on the cross, He shed blood.
This blood is what cleanses us from sin. When we believe in Him
we are in reality repenting of sin or turning away from sin. His
blood is applied to us and covers our sin. With the sin
cleansed, we are then brought back into a right relationship
with our creator. Then and only then can we have that “Living
Water”. Then and only then can we be “Born Again” by the spirit
This is why Jesus asked the woman about her husband and how she
was living. He wanted to point out her sin so that she could
come to repentance and be changed. She then would receive
immediately the living water she asked for.
The woman at first tried to change the subject to where and when
to worship but Jesus began speaking to her about worshipping in
spirit and in truth instead of worrying about the place or
religious rituals. This new and living way involves worshipping
in Spirit and in Truth.
It would seem as if the woman believed what she was hearing
because she immediately went into the city to proclaim the good
news to others. This story can be found at the link at the
bottom of this page in the KJV.
It is God’s will for all to be saved. We do not have to die in
our sins. Without Jesus, we will die in our sins.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your
sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your
When Jesus said that if they did not
believe , “I am He” He meant that they must believe that He was
the Christ, the Savior sent from God to save from sin. Jesus
saves us from our sin, not in our sin. We are to go and sin no
more. We are cleansed from sin, not cleansed to go back and sin
again. The Holy Spirit (Living Water) and also the cleansing
that comes by the reading of the word of God, will help us to
get victory over future temptations that Satan will try to do to
get us to return to sin.
This is all ours by simple child like faith in Jesus as our
Savior and Lord of our lives.
1. Forgiveness of sin
2. Cleansing from sin.
3. New Birth (Living Water) by the Spirit of God.
4. Reconciliation back into the Fellowship of God. God is now
with us by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
5. Sanctification (Setting apart ourselves for God and no longer
bound by the desires of the flesh or the world) by the Spirit of
6. The Baptism (complete immersion by the Spirit of God) of the
7. Eternal life in which our old bodies will be changed into
bodies that can never die.
Salvation is just the beginning of many spirit blessings from
God. Yes, we are saved from sin and granted this living water
the springs up within our very souls. But there is more and more
as we study God’s word and continually seek His face. We lose
our desire for the world and the things that we once desired.
This may not happen all at once. Some of us take more time than
others but the joy of our salvation can be with us continually
as we begin to seek God. The Holy Spirit sheds the love of God
into our innermost being. Satan will try to rob us of that but
we must be steadfast and continually seek to be filled with the
Spirit so that we do not give into the temptation to return to
sin, allow roots of bitterness, or unbelief to enter our lives
We must always seek to be filled with the spirit. There is
always a continuous supply of the Holy Spirit for it is like a
spring or well of living water to fill us and refill us over and
We can read the book of Acts and see where the apostles were
filled with the spirit and with joy more than one time.
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