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What Does "Living Word" Mean?

Text Box: Must I water it everyday?

 

 

 

Mysteries of God

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.

Text Box: John  4:7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
JN 4:9 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. )
JN 4:10 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."
JN 4:11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
JN 4:13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
JN 4:15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."
 
 
You may recall the story of the woman at the well.

Text Box: John 1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
JN 1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

The Living Word comes to Light

The Living Word is also described in the book of John. For the book of John begins:

 

Text Box: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 
 

 

 

 

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.

Text Box: John 1:3 Through him all thing were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
 
Text Box: John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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.   □


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