Spirit – Baptism – BT12
Why not get so “filled by living water of the Spirit” that you get drunk on the fullness of God?
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The Holy Spirit is the “living water of life” that was meant to “routinely gush, spring, or well up from our innermost being” (a). It wasn’t meant to just sit there as a “deposit in a bank” (b) silently collecting interest! Neither were we meant to drink a few sips from our metron ‘measuring-cup’ and then let the ‘cup’ sit for days, trying to live off of such little water. By definition the remaining water would no longer be “living water,” which always had to be “fresh or running” – and certainly not by the time we finally get back to the glass to find the water is full of dust, algae, and bacteria from the environment to only find it has gone stale, just like ponds of water do in nature. And if the glass sits outside for an entire winter in many parts of the world, all we have is ice – how can we live off that? <Notes> a) John 4:14, 7:38, b) 2 Timothy 1:14.
The Holy Spirit is “living (fresh, running) water” that’s meant to routinely drink, just as with a spring, routinely giving us the life we need to get through every hour, every day, every week, every month, and every year, so that we “never thirst again” (a). <Notes> a) Matthew 5:6; John 4:14, 6:35, 7:37; Revelation 7:16, 21:6, 22:17.
And why not drink of God’s abundant-fullness so much that we get “drunk” by the Holy Spirit instead of getting drunk on wine, according to Ephesians 5:18? We cannot live on the energema “energizing, effectual workings, even miracles” of the Holy Spirit (a) yesterday, last week, last month, last year, on what happened to Moses, Abraham, Joseph, the prophets and others who heard directly from the Lord in the OT 5000 years ago, nor on what happened to the apostles, prophets, and early Christians in the NT 2000 years ago, nor the movement of the Holy Spirit in the first 250 years of the Church before the Catholic Church in its quest for bishop control persecuted it and created a NT bible that only the “clergy” could read, especially when they translated it into Latin, nor the great revivals of the Holy Spirit that have periodically broke out of the mostly-dead church since then – that’s a lot of winters to freeze the “living water” into solid, unusable ice! No animal can survive that many winters! <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 12:6, 10.
The New Covenant “promise” wasn’t for more dusty scripture to create an even bigger bible with more commandment – there are absolutely no “promises” found to indicate this, but that ALL of God’s children would have 24/7 access to the “spring’s rains” (a) of the Holy Spirit! The zoe genuine life-giving Holy Spirit is Christ living on the inside of Christians while they are still on earth, described as an artesian spring that will forever bubble up zoe genuine life-giving waters in order to give them more and more of Christ’s zoe genuine-life, and this is all “by the means of the Holy Spirit” (b). <Notes> a) Acts 14:17; Hebrews 6:7; James 5:7; 1 Kings 8:36; 2 Chronicles 6:26-27; Isaiah 45:8, 55:9-11; Jeremiah 5:24, 14:22; Hosea 6:3, 10:12; Zechariah 10:1, b) John 6:63; Romans 8:2, 6, 10, 11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Galatians 6:8; Revelations 22:17.
This is the “living waters” spoken of in OT scripture (a) and the NT writings (b). “Living water” is never what has sat in a puddle or lake but is water from the “early and latter rains” (c), water that is “fresh, running, and that gives genuine life.” It never comes from a “cistern” that no longer is being fed by a spring. And certainly not from a “broken cistern that can hold no water” (d) – that’s what man’s religious “might & power” is (e), religious “works for God” using our own external and internal resources! <Notes> a) Song of Solomon 4:15; Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13; Zechariah 14:8, b) John 4:10, 11, 7:38; Revelation 7:17, c) Deuteronomy 11:14; Psalms 84:6; Joel 2:23; James 5:7, d) Jeremiah 2:13, e) Zechariah 4:6.
All Christians “have already [passively] been made to drink towards/reaching ONE Spirit, just as by ONE [Spirit] we were all baptized (a) into one Body” (b), just as the Jews “[had already] drank from the same Spirit-kind-of petra Massive Bedrock [in the wilderness].” This is not the “small piece broken off from such” called petros, the name of Peter in Greek, contrary to the Catholic belief that Peter was the “rock” Christ would build His Church on (c). For they continually/repeatedly drank (d) from the Spirit-kind-of Petra Rock that followed them [in the pillar of fire and whirlwind], and that Petra Rock was Christ” (e), not Peter! Would Christians given the Holy Spirit need to drink any less than the Jews in the wilderness? Somehow, Christians think they can go day without “the living water.” The OT was but a shadow of the realities that were to come in Christ (f), so shouldn’t we be drinking “continually/repeatedly?” <Notes> a) water immersion that inherently changes you because the Spirit creates a new man, b) 1 Corinthians 12:13, c) John 1:42, Matthew 16:18, d) rare imperfect tense, e) 1 Corinthians 10:4, f) Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5, 10:1.
So, let us drink, drink, drink “all the fullness of God” as the content. Let us do this until we are “filled up to the brim” as pleroo “filled” means – even until we are “drunk” – “by the means of the Spirit” as Ephesians 5:18 practically commands us to habitually do by “habitually, genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko knowing God” through “habitual, devoted, patiently-waiting, watching, listening, worshipful, proseuche conversational-prayer.” That’s the one habit asked of us!
As Christian musicians, are we “routinely being filled up to completion by the means/instrument of the Spirit” to “routinely gush out from our innermost being?” Isn’t this the distinct New Covenant “promise” for “Worship by [singular] Spirit and/coupled Truth?” How can we play anointed music if we aren’t? How we try to lead people to “living water” if we aren’t even drinking it? Do we even know where it is? Are we trying to live off of memories of past revivals or off of ancient biblical records of ancient moves of the Spirit? Are we thus drinking old, stale water or trying to live off ice from 2000 winters gone by?
Can we say that we are so “full of God’s abundant-fullness” that we are no longer starving or parched, or is the truth that we are “running on empty” as the song goes? I can’t find any “promises” of more scripture when it didn’t even work for the Jews in the first place. I do find many promises for “life-giving water” that would be “fresh, spring rains producing fresh springs, fountains, or artesian wells of fresh, running water.”
Just as the Jews repeatedly had to drink from the Rock of Christ in the wilderness, don’t you think that Christians need to also? We won’t survive in the deserts of this corrupt world without this habit! Spirit-baptism is a repeated drinking, drinking, and drinking of “the living waters” of “the Lord, who is the Spirit” per 2 Corinthians 3:18, so that we can “routinely be completely filled with the abundant-fullness of God.” This is also how we repeatedly eat the bread of life who is Christ. God has given us this “bread and water” to survive and thrive in this world! Without it we will perish in the wilderness!
Finally God has made it crystal clear “how-to” do this – by routinely asking, seeking, and knocking for this “good grace-gift of living water,” like asking our bartender for more booze, so that we can drink, drink, and drink until we are completely-full and even get drunk on God! This ONLY happens through trusting-relying-faith in routine, conversational-prayer that God is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek-out Him.
No other “religious work or discipline” will do, despite the hoops churches will have you jump through. Christ’s yoke is easy and light – simply to keep coming to Him and asking Him “to work in me to desire and do your good pleasure for your kingdom to come and your will to be done here on Earth as it is in Heaven. Lord, give me more of Your ‘living water’ to quench my thirst, more of the daily bread that is You to satisfy my hunger, and more of Your enabling-power to do Your will and experience everything else You have for me.” Now that is a prayer He will gladly answer!