Ask yourself, if you were to die today, where would you spend eternity? Have you ever asked yourself that, or wondered that before? I’m sure that most people have many times throughout their lifetime. But what about you, right now? No one is exempt from death at some point. We are never guaranteed tomorrow, or even the length of today. Anything could happen. You could get in a bad car accident or have a major heart attack, or.. or.. you get where I’m going! Do you believe in the God who created this beautiful world and the lovely things in it like flowers, babies and even the gift of being loved and or loving our family? You may know Him as “Heavenly Father” (God the Creator; Father in Heaven)
Answers to these questions and many more are found in the bible. The written “word of God”. He makes it plain to us and we know we can trust it as our source of truth because it has been proven historically, archeologically, linguistically and more. We have thousands of manuscripts and whole books of the bible as well as the “dead sea scrolls” that all line up with each other.
We have outside of the church history that agree with times, people etc. like the book of Josephus. The more we study the Bible, we find that we learn more of the bible by the bible itself interpreting itself with the bible. “Scripture interprets scripture”.
We learn in 2 Peter 1:20-21 “ Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”. Then it became written down by the scribes and handed down and preserved. Prophets like Isaiah, Moses and Elijah. All of the Old and New Testament. So really the Holy Spirit is the author of the word of God. Who is the Holy Spirit you ask? He is the Spirit of God. John 4:24 “God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
Let’s go back to our question, where will we go when we die? I love the story of the Samaritan woman at the well for its simplicity of the gospel. It’s also an example of how we can share our own faith. John 4:5-30 Jesus passes through Samaria and comes to the place of Jacobs well. He stops for a drink and rest and the disciples go into town for some food. A Samaritan woman came to the well and Jesus asks her to “give Him a drink” , she asks Him how is it that He being a Man and a Jew would ask her for a drink (Jewish men had no dealings with half breed Samaritans and especially Women) and He answered her question in vs 10 “If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you ‘give me a drink’, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”
Their conversation continues with her concern for the natural physical with Jesus having nothing to draw the water with, but Jesus was talking in a spiritual sense about eternal life. Vs 13-14 Jesus said; “ Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life.”
I encourage you to read the story in its entirety. Jesus and the Women talk about her sin of immoral living, many relationships with men. She was honest with Jesus about her sin. He didn’t ask her to get right or work for the righteousness, but to just ask of Him! To take Him in as that living water for eternal life. When we ask Him in He does the work of cleaning us up from the inside out! The Women then leaves Jesus and goes back into town to testify of their conversation saying; “Come see a man who told me all things that I ever did, could this be the Christ?”
vs 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him. vs 39-41 Many Samaritans believed in Jesus because of the Women’s testimony of Him and many more believed because of His own word. I believe this woman got saved this day or around this time because of this way that Jesus presented Himself to her. We do need to become sinless or righteous to come into the presence of a Holy God, to receive eternal life. Only through the sacrifice of Christ that He freely gave of Himself on the cross for our sins can we become right with God!, asking Him to save us, to come be that living water welling up to eternal life will we ever achieve this. Jesus said of Himself in John 14:6 “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me!”
I ask you again, who or what are you trusting in for your eternal place of rest for your soul? Other references on this subject are John 3:14-17 Romans 3:23 & 6:23. Matt 26:28 & Romans 5:9 Please call or email someone here at Grace & Truth Ministry or talk with a Christian Pastor or friend and pray with them about receiving Christ as your personal Lord and Savior!
God bless, TJ