That is a powerful statement by Jesus! He promises all of us on earth that whoever believes in Him will have living water flowing within them. I like that promise! I’d like to explain what Jesus was talking about.
Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit. At the time Jesus said this, the Holy Spirit had not come down yet because Jesus had not been crucified and glorified yet. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor, after He ascended into Heaven. In the next verse John explains what Jesus meant in verse 38.
“By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
The Holy Spirit has been with us since the Lord sent Him down on the day of Pentecost in 33 A.D. recorded in Acts chapter 2 (that is 1,985 years from that time to this point in 2018). The Holy Spirit has been on earth for a very long time! So, how did the Holy Spirit come to earth?
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
That is how Jesus sent down the Holy Spirit from Heaven to earth after He arrived in Heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father! Boom! I love that! That is the living water through believing in Jesus! We still have access to the Holy Spirit through believing in Jesus our time too!
Upon believing in Jesus, you are immediately filled with the Holy Spirit! I am not promising you that it will be like tongues of fire in Acts (although that could happen), but you will be filled with God’s peace and His streams of living water will flow from within you just as Jesus promised. Your soul will be saved and you will rest in His forgiveness forever!
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”
From experience, I can tell you having the Holy Spirit inside of me is like a constant flowing river of wisdom, comfort, strength, conviction, joy, and encouragement that I can dip into at any time. It never runs out and it never runs dry. Even in the worst of pain and circumstances, that river still flows steady and strong. Jesus Christ is inside of me by the power of the Holy Spirit! He is in all of His followers. He is pure refreshment for our souls! That is what Jesus meant when He said:
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
You can have that too! It is true and all you have to do is receive it by faith!
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
Jesus loves you! He will make you brand new with His living water flowing within you! That is a promise and the Lord always keeps His promises!
Grace and peace to you all!