Jesus’ Invitation

John 7:37-39–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. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke 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.)

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Drinking and Believing: Here Jesus associates drinking and believing.  We come to him and drink by believing on Him.  However it is important that we believe on Him as the scripture has said.  This means believing everything that the scripture has to say about Him.  It means believing on Him in the way, and to the extent that the scriptures say we are to believe on Him.  Scriptural believing is faith that expresses itself in action.  James 2:19 says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble”.  The difference is that a true believer has a faith that creates a relationship with Jesus and results in the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  It also results in a changed lifestyle.

Rivers of living water: Jesus says that out of our inner being, shall flow rivers of living water.  What He was talking about was the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit within the believer will flow through him/her in rivers.  Scripture says rivers not a river.  The Holy Spirit will flow through the believer in many ways.  It is a manifestation of the life of the Vine (Jesus) flowing into and through the branches (believers).  There are two basic ways the Holy Spirit flows through the believer; spiritual gifts and the fruit of the Spirit.

Spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:7 refers to spiritual gifts as the manifestation of the Spirit.  The word manifestation means an outward appearance of an energy or power within.  Therefore spiritual gifts are the Holy Spirit flowing through the believer and manifesting Himself.  There are several spiritual gifts.  “But all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will”.  All true spiritual gifts are the Holy Spirit at work in and through the Christian as the Holy Spirit wills to do.  These are rivers of living water.

The Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5: 22-23–“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”.  The fruit of the Spirit is the character of God.  These things mentioned are characteristics of God’s person.  They exceed the natural character of mankind.  As the Spirit manifests Himself through the Christian this way the flesh has been put to death along with the affections and lusts of the flesh.  At that time the flesh is not operative in the Christian.  At that time the Christian is walking in the Spirit.  These are rivers of living water.

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”.