The Promise Of The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit connects believers to the Father and His Son. So any fear about being disconnected from God may be abandoned; the Creator of the Universe dwells within His people, sustains them, and will accomplish the impossible through them.
Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!
John 7:37 (AMP)
The last day of the feast would be the seventh day, a very special day on which the priests would march seven times around the altar, chanting Psalm 118:25.
It would be the last time they would draw the water and pour it out. No doubt just as they were pouring out the water, symbolic of the water Moses drew from the rock, Jesus stood and shouted His great invitation to thirsty sinners. This was a direct invitation to ignore all the theological debates, come take a drink of His living water, and see if they weren’t satisfied.
He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
John 7:38 (AMP)
If we have truly received Jesus into our hearts and this living well that comes with Him, then why are so many Christians thirsty?
They don’t need to beg for more. They just need to take advantage of what they have.
Jesus was referring to the experience of Israel recorded in Exodus 17:1-7. That water was but a picture of the Spirit of God. Believers would not only drink the living water, but they would become channels of living water to bless a thirsty world! The “artesian well” that He promised in John 4:14 has now become a flowing river!
Water for drinking is one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. (Water for washing is a symbol of the Word of God; see John 15:3 and Eph. 5:26.) Just as water satisfies thirst and produces fruitfulness, so the Spirit of God satisfies the inner person and enables us to bear fruit.It is also possible that this phrase would be referring back to believing on Him, and that would render the meaning of this verse to be, “If we believe on Jesus as the scriptures teach that we should believe on Him, then out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living water.”
These rivers of living water are referring to the Holy Spirit and the effects He produces in the lives of believers. Galatians 5:22-23 says that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” These qualities should flow out of us as an artesian well. They should not have to be pumped. They will flow as we conform our thinking to God’s Word (Proverbs 23:7; Isaiah 26:3; Romans 8:6, and 12:2).
But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).
John 7:39 (AMP)
This verse is clearly stating that the Holy Spirit could not be poured out in His abiding presence within the believer until after Jesus was glorified, or raised from the dead. Therefore, those who believed on Jesus prior to His resurrection must have been like O.T. believers who had the Holy Spirit come on them briefly but not abide within them.
This statement proves that the Holy Spirit was not given to people in this manner until after Jesus was glorified. Jesus did say at the Last Supper with His disciples, “Now is the Son of man glorified” (John 13:31), but other scriptures reveal that this statement must have been prophetic, announcing that the time had come for Jesus to be glorified.
John 12:16 clearly states that the disciples didn’t remember the Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus riding into Jerusalem on an donkey until after He was glorified, referring to His resurrection. Jesus also prayed to the Father in John 17:5, “Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” This prayer was spoken after Jesus’ statement in John 13:31. The glorification spoken of here, then, must have taken place when Jesus was raised from the dead or at His ascension when He was seated at the Father’s right hand. At any rate, this shows that no Old Testament saint or believer in Jesus had this type of indwelling of the Holy Spirit until after Jesus was glorified.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I have come to Jesus and have drunk deeply of his provision.
He gives me not only that which refreshes, but that which replenishes as well.
He has sent the Holy Spirit Himself to dwell within my own spirit to produce rivers of living water which both plentifully and constantly flow forth from me. His currents overwhelm and drown out all doubts and fears, and the fountain of His waters brings forth a shower of blessings into my life.