By G. D. Watson
“If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” – Jesus; John 4:10
The Scriptures teach that the human soul can be cleansed from every form of sin. This is the work of the all-powerful Holy Spirit. We read in Ezekiel 36:25: “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.” If you look at the Scriptures (KJV), and examine the words cleanse (1 John 1:7, 9), purge (John 15:2,), wash (Rev. 1:5,), purify (Acts 15:8-9), sanctify (Heb. 13:12), crucify the flesh (Gal. 5:24), put away sin (Heb. 9:26), dead unto sin (Rom. 6:11), and all such words, there will not be a single instance where such words allow of any sin remaining in the soul. The use of the word all in Scripture is in connection with cleansing and saving. It is from all sin (1 John 1:7), from all filthiness and all idols (Eze. 36:25), from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). This word all is God’s all and not man’s all. It is all from God’s point of view. It is the all-powerful God who affirms over and over that He will cleanse from all sin.
The Holy Spirit, referred to as Rivers of Living Water (John 7:37-39), washes away our sins, both actual and original. This River of Water is a Divine Person, flowing out from the Father and Son. He executes the will of the Father in applying the precious blood of Jesus to our souls to cleanse away sin: “Unto him (Jesus) that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Rev. 1:5).
There are twenty verbs in the Greek New Testament that indicate the idea of binding, repressing, controlling, tying, keeping under, and similar ideas, but not a single one of these Greek verbs is ever applied to sin, as restraining or repressing it. Every verb applied to sin indicates its complete removal — washing it away.
Adapted from Types of the Holy Spirit, by G. D. Watson, and revised.
Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly 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
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