Grace Bible Church
Basic Training in Doctrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
 
 
GAL 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”.
 
The Samaritans were half Jewish and half the eastern peoples who had been brought in by the Assyrians.
 
The Samaritans claimed that they had the place where the Jews originally worshipped. This well in the valley of Shechem is where Jacob and Jesus had their wrestling match!
 
John 4:1 When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John
          
John 4:2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), John 4:3 He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.
 
Matt 27:18 For he knew that because of envy they had delivered Him up.
 
Mark 15:10 For he was aware that the chief priests had delivered Him up because of envy.
 
1. Jealousy removes all happiness from the believer. Jealousy is a mental attitude sin and mental attitude sins produce self-induced misery. Like the law of gravity this is a law of discipline.
 
2. Jealousy is the most cruel of all sins. This is because it takes an ordinarily sweet person and turns him/her into a monster. It changes their behaviour pattern – vindictive behaviour, maligning and judging, etc. Jealous people are always making other people miserable.
 
3. Some people cannot stand the success of others and they can’t stand for anyone to get credit, and consequently jealousy destroys the relaxed mental attitude.
 
4. The Pharisees were jealous of Jesus Christ, always – Matthew 27:18; Mark 15:10.
 
5. Jesus now departs because of this attitude. He cannot minister in the area of jealousy.
 
John 4:4 And He had to pass through Samaria.    
 
John 4:5 So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph;
 
John 4:6 and Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
 
Jesus Christ in His humanity could suffer thirst, hunger and weariness. He had a true human body and a true human soul.
 
In this place we have the place of cursing. This swell is at the foot of the mount where the curses were uttered (Deu 27). This illustrates the principle of the fact that Jesus Christ is going to take the place of cursing, and a woman who is under a curse, and He is going to provide for them blessing.
 
John 4:7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 
 
“Give me to drink” – this is breaking the silence, and this is grace. She would never have spoken to Him and He would never have spoken to her were it not for the fact of His grace attitude.
 
Verse 8 is a parenthesis to explain how Jesus was able to deal with the woman alone.
 
It is imperative that He does so. Jesus Christ is probably the only person on the face of the entire earth who could have dealt with this woman.
 
John 4:8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
 
John 4:9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
 
Her whole problem was ignorance of the way of salvation and not the racial antagonisms of Jews and Samaritans.
 
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
 
What is the gift of God? The gift of God is Jesus Christ – John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 9:15.
 
Romans 6:23“>ROM 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
2CO 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
 
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”           
 
ISA 55:1 “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.
 
REV 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
 
In the last chapter He talked to a theologian, a very religious person, and therefore He had to talk about the water of the Word; but this is not a religious person at all, this is a charming and wonderful woman, so he talks to her not about the water of the Word but about the water of salvation.
 
You’re job is to know Bible doctrine and have enough flexibility and enough relaxed mental attitude to present the gospel in many different ways to many different people.
 
This is one of the most important principles of witnessing: avoid argumentation.
 
He has living water – eternal life. He has merely asked for water in order to illustrate the whole principle.
 
John 4:11 She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?
 
John 4:12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?”
 
John 4:13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again;
           
John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. “
 
In verse 13 we have the real water; in verse 14 we have the water of eternal life.
 
Verse 13, “Everyone who drinks” – present active participle, which means that people have to come back to the well day by day by day to survive.
 
Verse 14, “whoever drinks” – aorist active subjunctive. Aorist tense: the water that I am going to give you, you just drink once and you have eternal life.
 
What is in your bucket? On what does your happiness depend? The Christian way of life was designed so that your happiness must depend upon faith in the living word and then faith in the written word Bible doctrine.
 
“a well of water springing up” – present middle participle, delineating eternal security. Present tense: you will always have it. Middle voice: you are benefited by always having it. Participle: for every person.
 
John 4:15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty, nor come all the way here to draw.”
 
John 4:16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
 
John 4:17-18 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly. “
 
John 4:19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
 
John 4:20 “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain (she points up the mountain), and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
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