John 7:37-39 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”

John 7:37-39 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift that God wants us to have. It is a promise from God in both OT and NT. In Acts 1, he told his disciples to wait until the anointing of the HS (Luke 24:49, “clothed (fit) with power.” The text today shows Jesus using this feast as an opportunity to teach on the HS and what will happen. John is writing this after the Day of Pentecost. It was after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension that the Spirit was poured out in fulfillment of Jesus’ promise. On the last day of the feast of tabernacles, that great day God established for Israel the great harvest celebration known as The Feast of Tabernacles. It was a seven-day event with a Sabbath day added as the eighth day. The purpose was to remind Israel of God’s faithfulness in bringing them out of Egypt into the Promise Land.

I. THE SITUATION  (CONTEXT)

Toward the end of the ceremony, Jesus announces to the crowd, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Jesus is not interrupting the ceremony. He is interpreting it. Note the division of the people after hearing his words. John 7:40-41

2. THE STATEMENT

Jesus stood (priests stood and declared) Jesus cried, “If anyone… (whoever-implies Jew or Gentile, low or high) Here is the universal appeal. We know what the water and the wine represents in God’s word – the Holy Spirit.. It symbolized the river that flowed from the rock in the wilderness – but Jesus meant more than provisions. 1 Cor. 10:4… “for they drank the same spiritual drink… that Rock was Christ.” Like the priest that poured out the wine and water – Jesus came to be our baptizer in the Holy Spirit.

  1. “well of water” to the Samaritan Women. It was similar because it would also satisfy her thirst.
  2. Here, it is “streams of Living Water  flowing within him” John shows up the difference in the two.
  3. The “stream” that Christ was talking about was the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation-(steams is plural).

3.   THE SIGNIFICANCE

  1. Where there is a stream, there is life. Bring water to a desert and it produces an oasis in that desert.
  2. Where there is a stream, there is cleansing. Rivers and streams are always cleaner than lakes because they are  constantly being cleaned. When the HS fills you, those dry dead areas of your life are filled to overflowing with the fullness of Jesus. We can quench, slow or stop the flow of His Spirit with doubt, fear, discouragement, unforgiveness, and sin.
  3. When there is a stream, there is constant movement. Have you ever felt the pull of the water on you?
  4. When there is a river, there is a search for more depth. Flowing river will go deeper first, then widen. Jesus literally says “out of your hollow cavity will run like flowing rivers of life.

The only qualification for the believer to be Spirit baptized is 1) TO BE THIRSTY The Spirit Baptism occurs once but the refilling is ongoing. Acts 4:31-after being Spirit baptized, they were again filled with the Holy Spirit.

Basic keys to receiving the Spirit Baptism

  1. Make sure your heart is right with God and worship the Lord.
  2. Ask in faith. You are seeking the giver, not for a gift.
  3. Be prepared. When God’s Spirit overwhelms the person, various things may occur. The Bible speaks for both of languages of men and languages of angels.
  4. Stay focused on Jesus. He is the Baptizer. This is not mystical but a response to the Spirit. Acts 2:4 says they were filled and then they spoke as the spirit enabled them.

Luke 11:9-13-“…how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”



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