The Promise Of The Spirit
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39
During the Feast of Tabernacle, there was a daily ceremony involving water. Each day, the priest and the people will joyfully make their way to the Pool of Siloam. On such an occasion, Jesus used the opportunity to extend a wonderful promise. He invited those who thirst to come to Him and drink. Those who believe in Jesus will have “rivers of living water” flow from their hearts. The Apostle John explains that this promise concerns the Holy Spirit Whom those who believe in God’s Righteousness are to receive after Jesus’ glorification.
Let us glean more from the Scriptures above concerning the promise of the Spirit.
- The Nature Of The Promises
From the text above, the promise of the Holy Spirit had been foretold by the Scriptures. Isa 44:3; Ps 36:8-9. A promise that makes one a blessing to others. When a man believes in God’s Righteousness, he shall become a fountain filled with living water to nourish others. Those who are born again by having faith in the Righteousness of God that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection can infuse constant blessing to others. A promise offered to all believers and not just a select disciples for special tasks. After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to Heaven, He sent forth the Spirit upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost. The disciples in turn promised the gift of the Spirit to all who will repent and be baptized into the Name of Jesus for the remission of sin. Acts 2:38-39 The Holy Spirit is given to all who obey and are baptized into Christ to become children of God.
Acts 5:31; 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 4:6
- The Blessing Of The Promise
Those who receive the Holy Spirit can bear the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. Gal 5:22-23 A believer bearing such fruit of the Spirit is able to bless others. The fruit of the Spirit helps us to put to death the deeds of the flesh. Col 3:5-8 The Spirit causes us to be filled with joy, peace and abounding righteousness in Christ. Rom 15:13 The Spirit is God’s instrumental agent to strengthen our inner man with power to walk and serve His Righteousness.
- The Reception Of The Promise
The Spirit is given to those who believe that Jesus Christ has taken away all their lifetime of sin through His baptism received from John at the River Jordan. Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day to justify our faith in the Righteousness of God. Faith in the Righteousness of God that constitutes Jesus’ baptism and death is an indispensable component to receive the long promised Holy Spirit.
Therefore inheriting the promise of the Spirit is an outcome of faith in order that God can give us the Spirit as an act of grace, making it valid, guaranteed and stable to all who believe in His Righteousness.
After being baptized for the remission of sins, the true believer is made to drink from the One Spirit. 1 Cor 12:12 Those who grow by studying the Word, ruminating on the goodness of the Spirit and praying are constantly filled in the Spirit to experience God’s Presence.
Dear friends, what a wonderful promise Jesus offers those who believe in the Righteousness of God. A refreshing drink that can become rivers of living water that first refreshes our souls and then refreshes the souls around us by His impact on our lives.
Are you willing to say to Jesus, ‘Lord, give me this water, that I may not thirst again.’ Freely receive, freely give.
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