Let the River Flow!

by David and Stephen Olford

David and Stephen OlfordText: "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on meout of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive" (John 7:37-39).

Thought: These words of the Lord Jesus will stand forever as the secret of spiritual blessing through the yielded lives of God's believing people. Let us consider the source, the secret and the sufficiency of this spiritual flow.

The Source: Quite clearly, the source of this spiritual flow is in the Lord Jesus Himself (vv. 37-38) as the glorified Savior and Sovereign. The record tells us that the Holy Spirit was to be given after Jesus was glorified; and the New Testament makes it evident that His glorification was His crucifixion, as well as His coronation (see John 12:23-24 and Hebrews 2:9). So from that glorified Lord there flows the stream of the Spirit available to all believing Christians.

The Secret: If we would enter into this experience of exhaustless blessing flowing through us, we have to fulfill certain
conditions. The secret is bound up in three words, "thirst," "come" and "drink." In other words, there must be the desiring of the Person of Christ: "If any man thirst"; secondly, there must be the believing of the promise of Christ: "let him come unto me" and finally, there must be the receiving of the power of Christ: "let himdrink." And the wonder of it is that as soon as we fulfill these conditions the rivers of living water begin to flow.

The Sufficiency: Although the source is in Christ, yet God in His wisdom has designed that Christian people should be the channels through which the rivers flow, and what a sufficiency there is for all! Notice that this sufficiency is lasting: "rivers of living water"-not mere trickles, brooks, or streams. They are the spiritual Mississippis, Amazons, Danubes, Niles, or any other river that you can name-all joined together; and furthermore, they are living rivers: "out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water." Wherever these waters flow there is life. This is beautifully pictured in Ezekiel 47:9: "every thingwhithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live."

Thrust: What a wonderful thing it is to be channels of lasting and living waters of spiritual grace!

David Olford makes possible the continuation of this column by editing material
from his father's writings. Through his efforts, Points to Ponder continues
to bless, encourage, and challenge readers.

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