While this may at first sound strange to
someone who is not familiar with it, the analogy of the physical world to
the spiritual world becomes clear once someone is born of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, this explanation is of necessity
for believers only as non-believers will most likely not understand but in
a few cases would even most likely mock the explanation. My analogy here
is similar to when we were kids and placed 3D glasses on our faces in
theaters to see the 3D movie. Those sitting around us not having 3D
glasses had no idea of the grandeur that 3D viewing offered.
may recall the story of the woman at the
There are many things to be learned from
this short story but only several that I want to point out right now.
The woman tried to associate living water
with her physical world of water as this was all she understood. That was
her only reference point. Notice how the samaritan woman had not a clue as
to what Jesus meant about "living water." Yet, as the story proceeds, she
became wary that Jesus was indeed someone special as she told her friends.
Still, she did not understand "Living Water."
It is so beautiful how Jesus compared the
spiritual world with our physical world for us to relate to and understand
His message to us.
Also from this story, this woman did not
fully understand what Jesus meant by "Living Water." Did Jesus MAKE her
understand? Did Jesus FORCE her to understand? Does God FORCE us to
believe in Him? No. Simply put, No. Jesus DOES knock at our door. He will
stimulate curiosity. He will lead the proverbial horse to water, but He
never FORCES us to understand. If God FORCED us to understand, He would
lose His good pleasure in having created us and having us Choose Him. Many
of my bretheren disagree with this as it flies in the face of Calvinism.
Non-the-less, this is the understanding He has given me. God derives
pleasure from us seeking Him and having chosen Him. What pleasure would
there be in Him forcing us to love Him? That is not love. God IS love. And
His love for us is a perfect love.
This story also teaches us that there IS
such a thing as "Living Water" (again, this is for believers).
Living Water, born again, Living Word, WOW!
What concepts! Of course this is a quantum leap for non believers,
sometimes even for believers.
Word comes to Light
The Living Word is also described in the
book of John. For the book of John begins:
In the beginning,,,what beginning? The
beginning of all creation when the Holy Spirit hovered over an enormous
mass of water in darkness. In the first book of Genesis, the whole bible
begins with the words, "In the beginning..." John is telling us that
in the very beginning of creation, the "Word" was present.
The Word was with God. Then John goes on to
tell us that "the Word was God." Wow! What a dramatic revelation!
Catholic and Protestant bibles are the same
in these verses. The Jehovah's Witnesses bible substitutes the word "a"
for "with" when it states "and the word was a god." That is one of the
many ways the J.W.'s deny the Trinity and the deity of Christ.
Then John continues by giving the Word a
gender saying that "He was with God in the beginning."
In the book of Genesis, while describing the
creation of man, God refers to Himself in the pleural as He says Let Us
Make Man In Our Image.
Through Him (the Word, meaning Christ) all
things were made. Jesus Christ created the whole world!
And the Word was made flesh, meaning that
Jesus Christ became man. And the Word lived among us.
The Word that was there in the beginning
with God, was God, and became flesh is our one and only Jesus Christ.
Jesus IS the Word.
The bible IS the Word. And the bible IS
Jesus. Jesus's Words are Living Words because they bring about life and
they endure beyond this creation. These Living Words give life that one
may be born from above. This occurs after already having been born in the
flesh, hence the term, "born again." When you are born again, you will
know beyond any doubt that you have been born again from above.
God's Living Word imparts life to the dead.
Those born in the flesh and not to the Holy Spirit are dead in Christ.
Those are the lost souls facing eternal damnation at the last judgement
for not having believed in the eternal living Son of God, Jesus Christ.
They face judgment alone and must account for their sins alone which is
impossible to do without having accomplished what Jesus has accomplished
in our names. For by God's perfect righteoussness, all law must be
fulfilled. Even the smallest little white lie must be paid for in full for
restitution to be complete. This is something that no man can do for
himself. Yet, through our belief in Jesus Christ, HE accomplishes that FOR
us. But only IF we believe.
Hence, the Living Word is indeed Jesus
Christ Himself as John testifies. The bible is Jesus talking to us. He
forces no one to believe. While He hopes that all would believe, He knows
that many will not and shall perish. God has no remorse as He made
provision for ALL to be saved. He throws the life saver out to us in the
stormy sea, but leaves it up to us to grab unto it. Of course for the
helpless like infants, children and mentally retarded, He also puts their
hands onto and grasps the life preserver for them. But for us rational
thinking adults, we remain accountable for our choices.
God's Living Word Lives! It lives not
only as an entity unto itself but within those of us who chose to believe
in Jesus Christ as our Savior. As breakfast, lunch and dinner nourish our
bodies for growth, strength and productivity, so too God's Living Word
nourishes our spirit for growth, strength and productivity. It IS
ALIVE! It is REAL! It is FREE! It was NOT cheap.
This Living Word imparts LIFE, the second
life, the eternal life. May you find it. □