When Jesus was talking to the Samaritan women at the well He made a statement, “If thou knewest the gift of God”.
[Jhn 4:10 KJV Jesus answered and said unto her, 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.
Just this story alone tells you how powerful and how to get, the gift of God. I’m going to break up the verses with some points.
Jhn 4:1-43 KJV 1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
The gift of God will reach down to people where they are at.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
This is a One on one conversation.
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
God will come in the least expected way. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, 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. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
When you have a preconceived idea of where deliverance is coming, you question faith, instead of having faith in the answer.
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Then you question the source. It's hard to see God when darkness is all around. But He is still sending people.
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
When faith is ready, it’s asks for the gift of God. But…there’s always a but.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Truth is going to come forth. Things you need to admit guilt to and how you answer them, determines the delivery of the gift.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Her answers told Him that she acknowledged His knowledge of her but still without the full assurance of who He was. Did He hear rumors of her??? But it wasn’t a disrespectful or blunt rebellion of being told of the things she is guilty of; but questioning of Who He was. To which He then answered very plainly.
Did you miss the gift of God? In the Old Testament Jesus had to use natural things to explain the spiritual things. The Holy Ghost is the gift of God. When you receive it, you understand plainly Who God is.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
Seemingly interruptions can be great blessings. When things to go exactly like we plan, doesn’t mean they are not in the plans. It means “wait” on Jesus. She became a servant, a waiter and told all.
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
When you receive the Holy Ghost, you see the harvest and you want all to come and see what you now have. That’s why new converts tend to bring in more new converts. They just received the gift of God. (going back to the natural, when you first get a gift you are excited and tell / show people; after a while the newness wears off and it’s a once and a while “oh so and so gave me this”.) Time to get back to your first love and newness of receiving the gift that many never get past the Truth to receive.
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.
When it comes to the gift of God, you have to believe on Him for yourself, not just off someone else’s word. You will either, not get the gift and walk away or you’ll think it’s something it’s not.
[Act 8:20 KJV But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.]
The Holy Ghost wasn’t just given to the Apostles, but started to be poured out on the day of Pentecost. 120 in the upper-room (including Mary the mother of Jesus) were filled with the Holy Ghost, then 3000 people that received the word. All of which spoke in tongues like the Apostles did, signifying the “wind blowing” that Jesus referred to in John 3 when He told Nicodemus that’s how all who are born again will happen. When you get it, it’ll change your world and you’ll be a testimony of living water.
[Rom 6:23 KJV 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.]
Without the gift of God, you don’t have eternal life.
[Eph 2:8 KJV 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:]
When you receive the Holy Ghost, God’s grace is now on your life. This Samaritan women had to reach out in faith according to what Jesus was saying to her and draw from Him. As an Old Testament story, it all reflects on what is still needed today to receive the gift of God, the Holy Ghost. OT story… Yes, New Testament writer, Old Testament book.
If thou knewest the gift of God was the Holy Ghost that is going to be poured out to all who will come and draw from Me. It’s life changing and gives you a testimony to share with others that they too may come to the well. If you’ve had for a while, stir it up and be renewed with that the living water of God.
[2Ti 1:6 KJV Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.]
Submitted by: Tina Marie