By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
Jesus gave up being on an equality with God to become in all things
like us. He gave up his heavenly glory to be a human baby at Bethlehem.
Jesus took on the form of a servant, but kept the form of God.
He was fully man and fully God. The God/man.
Jesus came to earth to "seek and to save that which was lost"
(Luke 19:10). He came to give his life "a ransom for many"
Jesus spoke not his own words, but the words of his heavenly Father.
He said, "I have many things to say and to judge of you:
but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things
which I have heard of him (John 8:26). He also said, "If
ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed"
(John 8:31). Jesus gives us the pure water of life: "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" (John 7:37).
Jesus said, "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" (John 4:14).
The pure water of life comes only from Jesus. It refreshes the
soul and makes one right with God. It brings true happiness and
the victor's reward. This life-giving water is in the words that
Jesus spoke and in the words he authorized his disciples to speak
and write. It comes from the river of life that flows from the
throne of God.
Do not despise it!
We must be keepers of the springs. The clear waters flow from
the divine source to satisfy our needs. Still, it is possible,
as the stream goes out to the human family, for the clean water
to be contaminated. If it is mixed with human philosophy, it is
ruined and becomes a blight rather than a blessing. Many try to
strip the gospel of its saving power.
God calls upon us to "Hold fast the form of sound words,
which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ
Jesus" (2 Timothy 1:12). "O Timothy, keep that which
is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings,
and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing
have erred concerning the faith" (1 Timothy 6:20).
Pure waters, though they issue from a heavenly fountain , can
be corrupted. "Beware of false prophets, which come to you
in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye
shall know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:15-16).