John 7:37-39 - Are You Thirsty?

John 7:37-39 (NLT) On the last day, the 
climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to 
the crowds, Anyone who is thirsty may come to 
me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and 
drink! For the Scriptures declare, Rivers of 
living water will flow from his heart. 39 
(When he said living water, he was speaking 
of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone 
believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been 
given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his 


Jesus used the term 'living water' in 4:10 
to indicate eternal life. Here he uses the term 
to refer to the Holy Spirit. The two go 
together: wherever the Holy Spirit is accepted, he 
brings eternal life. [Life Application SB] 

If any one thirst, let him come to me and 
drink (justification).  He who believes in me, as 
the scripture has said, Out of his heart shall 
flow rivers of living water (sanctification) 
[Joh.7:37,38].  Only as we constantly drink the living 
water can our behavior be an outflow of love and 
blessing to others.  [SS Lesson 4/22-28/90] 


   The little town where I live boasts of 
having "The Best Water on Earth." A network of 
springs and streams run underneath the city. You can 
even view an underground stream through a giant 
grate in the floor of a local restaurant. The 
water in this region is so noted for its pristine 
purity that a couple of local water-bottling plants 
capture it for wholesale distribution. As if that's 
not enough, a nearby city park has the 
headwaters for the largest river in this state, which 
is 400 miles long and flows through our little 
town. People come from all over to fill up their 
five-gallon water bottles with fresh water from the 
   Although it's a blessing to have ready 
access to pure drinking water, it doesn't compare 
to the true refreshment that comes from having 
a personal relationship with Jesus. And though 
I know water is necessary for my physical 
health so that I stay hydrated, sometimes I need to 
be reminded to drink some water. However, it's 
even more critical for my spiritual health to be 
drinking from the Living Water: filling up on Jesus 
through prayer time with Him and His Word. Yes, I'm 
grateful to live in a place with the best water on 
earth. But I know that the really best water in 
heaven and earth - from the true headwaters - is 
Jesus, the Living Water. Cassandra Tiersma 
   Faith Step: Pour yourself a glass of 
water, and as you drink it, thank Jesus for the 
Holy Spirit, the "rivers of living water" which 
He promises will flow from your heart when you 
believe in Him. [Mornings With Jesus 2022 Devotional 
by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


He who seeks to quench his thirst at the 
fountains of this world will drink only to thirst 
again.  Everywhere men are unsatisfied. They long 
for something to supply the need of the soul.  
Only One can meet that want.  The need of the 
world, "The Desire of all nations," is Christ.  The 
divine grace which He alone can impart, is as 
living water, purifying, refreshing, and 
invigorating the soul.  Jesus did not convey the idea 
that merely one draft of the water of life would 
suffice the receiver.  He who tastes of the love of 
Christ will continually long for more; but he seeks 
for nothing else.  The riches, honors, and 
pleasures of the world do not attract him.  The 
constant cry of his heart is, More of Thee. DA187 

The heart that receives the word of God is 
not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken 
cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the 
mountain stream, fed by unfailing springs, whose 
cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, 
refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy-laden. It 
is like a river constantly flowing and, as it 
advances, becoming deeper and wider, until its 
life-giving waters are spread over all the earth. The 
stream that goes singing on its way leaves behind 
its gift of verdure and fruitfulness. The grass 
on its banks is a fresher green, the trees have 
a richer verdure, the flowers are more 
abundant. When the earth lies bare and brown under the 
summer's scorching heat, a line of verdure marks the 
river's course. So it is with the true child of God. 
The religion of Christ reveals itself as a 
vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working, 
spiritual energy. When the heart is opened to the 
heavenly influence of truth and love, these 
principles will flow forth again like streams in the 
desert, causing fruitfulness to appear where now are 
barrenness and dearth. PK233,4 


No sooner does one come to Christ than there 
is born in his heart a desire to make known to 
others what a precious friend he has found in 
Jesus; the saving and sanctifying truth cannot be 
shut up in his heart. If we are clothed with the 
righteousness of Christ and are filled with the joy of His 
indwelling Spirit, we shall not be able to hold our 
peace. If we have tasted and seen that the Lord is 
good we shall have something to tell. SC78 

Every true Christian is a living fountain, 
ever receiving of the unfailing streams of grace, 
ever refreshed and ever refreshing those that are 
around him. Those who are coworkers with God 
manifest a missionary spirit; for they are ever 
receiving, that they may ever be giving to others the 
light and blessing of heaven. CSW66 


John 7:37-39 - Are You Thirsty?



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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