Seedbed – The Gospel of John as Holy Spirit Field Guide

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Here’s an excerpt from a great article by J.D. Walt – Seedbed’s Sower-in-Chief.

John 4:10-15

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.”

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 livestock?”

13 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.”

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.” 

CONSIDER THIS

I think of John’s Gospel as Jesus’ Holy Spirit field guide. Scan back through the text so far and you will see it clearly, and there is oh so much more to come. The Lord revealed to John concerning Jesus, “‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’” (see 1:34). Jesus taught Nicodemus that he must be born by water and the Spirit, noting, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (3:6). Jesus is the one, as we learned last week, “in whom the Spirit dwells without measure.” (see 3:34).

Today, in this arid scene at high noon, Jesus does it again. He comes to a water well to teach us about the well of the Holy Spirit. Note the curious opener:

“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.”

What is this “gift of God?” You already know what I think. The Gift of God is the “Life” in the living water. The Gift of God is the Life in eternal life. The Gift of God is the Life of God in the Soul of Man, to borrow the title phrase from Henry Scougal’s classic work. The gift of God is nothing less and nothing more than the Holy Spirit.

Jesus wants to introduce us to the unseen reality of the person of the Holy Spirit.

Read the full article here – http://www.seedbed.com/the-gospel-of-john-as-holy-spirit-field-guide