Living Water

Lots of things of great importance in the Bible occur near water, both salt and fresh. Fresh water seems to have more positive connotations. A quick search of the word “rivers” results in  272 hits.  For example, in John 4:7 Jesus conversed with a woman about water.  He said to her,

“Give me a drink.”

Then he explained, He was the Water of life.  If you drink of This fresh water, Jesus told her, you will never be thirsty again.

In Acts 16 there is another account of fresh water.  Paul, Silas, and Timothy made their way to Philippi.  They were not sure what they would do once they arrived, but earlier Paul received a vision to preach the gospel.  On Saturday, the three of them (or four since Luke was with them writing everything down) went outside the city to the riverside. There was supposedly place of prayer there.  What they found were women who had come together. They shared the good news of Jesus and one woman, Lydia, believed. After, she was baptized in that river.

Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize in Matthew 28:19,

“Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

It is interesting, as mentioned, most positive encounters in water take place in fresh bodies of water. Salt water experiences appear to be more negative, e.g., shipwrecks, waves of the sea driven and tossed, a picture of wealth for the wicked, etc.  Isthat whyon the new earth there will be nmore sea? (Revelation 21;1).  Will there only be one source of Fresh Water in the new creation?

The book of Revelation mentions fresh water. In Revelation 22:1, it states,

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

Where will that Water flow?  Over all the earth?  Who needs salt water when we will have that?

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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