“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
This verse, talking about the spirit, has lovely hidden depths.
When it says “from within him (or her)“, the Greek word is ‘koilia‘ which means ‘belly’ (incidentally translated correctly in the King James version).
At first look, this seems a bit odd to us in our culture as we think “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” oooh, that doesn’t sound very nice, are we vomiting living water? What is that all about?
A clue comes from the known biblical usage as noted by Strong, the belly being “the innermost part of a man, the soul, heart as the seat of thought, feeling & choice”.
Culturally, historically in the times of a lot of the bible, the belly was the seat of emotion, thought, feeling & experience.
So when we read “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”, what it is referring to is the outpouring of the spirit of God for the blessing and benefit of others.
As we drink from Jesus: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37) and are filled with his spirit (Romans 8:9-11); it then pours out to others from our centre of emotion, experience and feeling, for the benefit of others. We are spirit filled not to glorify us, but to glorify God, to point to Him and bring healing, restoration and redemption to all the people we encounter.
Do our lives show outwardly that this is what we are focussed on?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
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