Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
Water is such a vital element to life. Without water, we would perish in a few days. Plants need water as well as every other living thing on earth. When rains would come upon the land, it was looked at as a blessing, (unless you asked my wife), her feeling is we get too much of it here in Washington. There is good and bad water and we see the effects of water in history. Moses struck the rock and water poured forth from the rock in Exodus 17:6. The waters of Meribah mentioned in in verse 7 were a time of rebellion and doubt and became a symbol for future generations. The firmament over the earth before the flood is what many think extended the lives of people in those days and the flood of Noah was subsequently used as judgement. Water has been the center of most of history, it can be used to help explain the Triune nature of God because it can take 3 forms, liquid, solid or gas, and is a catalyst for our ability to survive.
Water is vital spiritually as well. We see in Ephesians, water is likened to the Word of God. The allegory of water to the Word of God must be understood from a spiritual level of understanding, otherwise it would seem to be nonsense. The way we look at scripture is we interpret it by scripture, so let’s look at how this life giving substance fills us spiritually.
Jesus was traveling through Samaria and came across a woman at the well of Jacob. When Jesus asked her for a drink, the conversation that ensued was one of prophecy and revelation. Upon revealing to her of knowledge concerning her past, he began to relate the water of the well to spiritual water as follows:
John 4:10 “Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman, confused by the idea of living water related it to what she could see and so Jesus illustrated it further in verses 13-14: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.
So upon early examination, we see that spiritual water comes from God and that it is represented by the Word.
As you search the scriptures and grow in understanding, you’ll begin to see that whenever an element of Holiness is reflected in the Word, it always points to Jesus.
John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomea it.”
As we look into these first five verses of John, we see that Jesus has always been, is and will always be. Jesus is God. We see that creation was His idea and it was made by Him and for Him. When He created mankind, He knew man would eventually sin and He knew He would need to redeem us from sin. He still chose us! Jesus was there walking with Adam in the garden, met with Abraham before Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, appeared to Moses on Mt. Sinai, appeared to Joshua after Israel crossed the Jordan river and walked with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire.
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
So we see that Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, supplies the water of life that is necessary for us to live. John 3:5 “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” He gives to all freely who desire His life and will fill you continually forever.
Revelation 7:17 “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Now, as we look as this life giving water, we see other parallels that reveal deeper truth.
We see water was useful for purifying the body in Leviticus 15:11, and for ceremonial cleansing in Leviticus 14:8. Water is necessary for baptism, illustrated in Matthew 3:16, as a symbol of going from death to life when immersed in it, Jesus modeled baptism for us, showing that this act of obedience is one we should follow when we choose to follow Him.
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
The cleansing effect that Jesus has on us when we accept His death on the cross and the new life that He arose to claim victoriously is symbolized in part in Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”, and then in perfection when Jesus gave Himself for us.
Titus 2:14 “He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”
Jesus was perfection in human form. His life was marked by great miracles and great revelation. His death was perfect love shown to us and we see His blood and water poured out for us at the end.
1 John 5::6 “This is the one who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”
John 19:34 “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”
The blood of Christ heals, it is represented in the sacraments of communion and is remembered continually by His faithful ones. The water reveals the Spirit of God that Jesus gave us when He came and made us acceptable to the Father, we can now receive His life giving Spirit as a seal of our ownership to God. He guides us, brings conviction of sin, sanctifies us and makes us Holy.
So if someone sprinkles water on the ground, it is no more holy than the ground it fell on. The water is symbolic for a much greater meaning and purpose. The water we can drink should not be our focal point, as Jesus so illustrated to the woman at the well, the water Jesus gives should be our priority.
Do you have this water? If you do, you’ll know it, it will be like a fountain springing up in you. You’ll want to share this Water with the world, that they too may come and drink of the life He gives.