The earth was formless and void, and darkness hung over the ocean's surface. And God's Spirit was hovering above the water's surface. Gen. 1:2
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The Bible uses the symbolism of water to refer to the Holy Spirit in various verses. In John 7:37-39, Jesus made a prophecy regarding the coming Spirit, referring to him as the living water.
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink,” Jesus said on the last day of the feast, the great day. “Whoever believes in me, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water,” as the Bible says. He spoke this regarding the Spirit, which people who trusted in him would receive, because the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. 7:37-39 John 7:37-39 John 7:37-39 (ESV)
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out to enable believers to go out and make disciples.
What does water mean to God?
Recently, I've had several fascinating discussions on water. I've learnt a lot about the importance of water for our physical health as a Wellness Advocate. Today, I'd want to give a little reminder about why water is crucial not only for our health, but also for us as good Christians.
Water is mentioned 722 times in the Bible, which is more than faith, hope, prayer, and worship combined. It doesn't take long for water to be mentioned in the Bible. “The world was a formless blank and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept across the face of the oceans,” Genesis 1:2 begins. Water was formed on the first day since it is such an important part of existence.
Water is addressed again in Revelations, and it is virtually the last words of the Bible.
22:17 Revelations 22:17 Revelations 22:17 Revelations 22:17 “The bride and the Spirit both say, ‘Come.'” And everyone who hears should say, “Come.” And anyone who is thirsty is welcome to come. Allow anybody who desires to receive the gift of life's water.” Water appears throughout the Bible, which should serve as a reminder of its significance…both spiritually and physiologically.
“Water, then, is the most beautiful element and rich in usefulness, and purifies from all filth, not only from the filth of the flesh but also from the filth of the spirit, provided it has received the grace of the Spirit,” wrote St. John Damascene. (Chapter 9 of An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, Book 2) As seen by the legends of Naaman, the Syrian who was cured of his leprosy in the Jordan River (2 Kings 5:1-14) and the annual miracles at Bethesda in Jerusalem, water has the power to heal (John 5:1-9). Water has the ability to purify, deliver, and destroy evil and foes, as seen in the stories of the Flood (Genesis 6:17) and Israel's exodus from Egypt (Exodus 14:1-15:21).
Water covers between 70 and 75 percent of the earth's surface. Water makes up over 70% of an adult's body, and approximately 85% of the adult brain is made up of water. Water is necessary for life to exist, and all living things require it to survive. So why do we, as God's children, take this gift…His gift of water…for granted at times?
All who are thirsty are invited to come to Jesus, the source of Living Water. We partake of communion to commemorate His flesh, which has been broken for you, and His blood, which has been shed for you. We recall that while Jesus was crucified, water and blood gushed from his wound (John 19:34). Our Lord Almighty provides us with water. Let us keep this in mind and be grateful for His blessings on a regular basis. My father never drank water and was on kidney dialysis for the last three years of his life. I challenge you, my brothers and sisters, to drink more water on a daily basis.
From the hymn The Sands of Time Are Sinking by Sam Rutherford and Anne R. Cousin
1.Water is extremely necessary for the existence of the human body. Without food, a human can survive for roughly a month, but only about a week without water.
2.By stimulating metabolism and regulating hunger, water aids in the maintenance of a healthy body weight.
3.Water increases one's energy levels. Mild dehydration is the most prevalent cause of midday weariness.
4.Drinking enough water can help to reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.
5.Drinking water can greatly alleviate joint and/or back pain for the vast majority of sufferers.
6.By cleaning out trash and microorganisms that might cause disease, water improves overall health.
8.Water hydrates the skin and maintains normal cellular production beneath the surface layers, giving it a healthy, radiant appearance.
10.Water is necessary for good circulation and is the primary means of transportation for all nutrients in the body.
- Water Your Body and Drinking Water are two free Android apps that remind you to drink water on a regular basis and keep track of your water consumption.
- “UNICEF TAP Project” donors and sponsors fund one day of clean water for a child in need for every 10 minutes you don't touch your phone. Take the challenge and help deliver clean drinking water to a child in need.
- How well do you understand hydration? Take the WebMD Water Quiz, which consists of 15 questions.
The first image is from of Wikimedia Commons via Creative Commons, while the second image is courtesy of Wikipedia via Creative Commons and depicts Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso.
What does water Symbolise spiritually?
Outside of the Christian/Biblical realm, I've been asked about the symbolism of water. It's a fascinating topic, and I appreciate the question. The following is my response:
Water has a global undertone of purity and fertility in its meaning. It is frequently seen as the source of life itself, as evidenced by the numerous creation stories in which life emerges from primordial waters.
Because we are all made of water, many of these myths and allegories can be applied to our own lives (the macrocosm mirroring the microcosm and vice versa). Furthermore, by linking the earth's creative waters with the fluids contained in our own bodies, we can incorporate symbolism of circulation, life, cohesiveness, and birth (i.e., blood).
Water is seen as a component of knowledge in Taoist culture. Water takes on the form in which it is contained and goes in the route of least resistance, according to this theory. Water's metaphorical meaning here refers to a higher knowledge that we might all strive to emulate.
The ancient Greeks, who were always on the lookout, recognized the potential of transition water. Water is the essence of transformation and conceptual recycling, transforming from liquid to solid to vapor.
Water was a precious commodity for the first peoples of North America (especially in the arid plains and western areas), and the Native Americans saw water as a metaphor of life (further solidifying the symbol affixed in many creation myths).
So it is with the ancient Egyptians, as we learn that the Nile River, which they adore (and severely rely on), is analogous to the birth tube of their existence.
Does water represent the Holy Spirit?
“Rivers of living water will flow from within those who believe in me, as Scripture says.” 7:38 John
Here's some wise counsel: Drink a lot of water. A person may survive without food for 60 days, but not three days without water. Water is essential for our survival. We've all seen how a plant can wilt and die if it isn't given enough water. What a difference our physical bodies make!
The Holy Spirit is represented by water in the New Testament. A priest would use a golden pitcher to fetch water from the Well of Siloam and pour it out at the foot of the altar on the last day of the Festival of Tabernacles, the scene depicted in John 7, while people sang the Hallel of praise and thankfulness from Psalms 113-118. Over the commotion of the throng, Jesus announces the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this particular occasion in John 7.
“The Holy Spirit's presence and power poured out on Jesus' followers are symbolized by “rivers of living water.” The presence of the Holy Spirit indicates that he is at work cleansing and sanctifying God's children's hearts. The spiritual ability to recognize, follow, and glorify Jesus, as well as to participate in his coming reign, is symbolized by the Spirit's strength. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit flow out of a believer's heart like water in a parched world.
Drink enough of water for your bodily well-being. Accept the Holy Spirit's refreshing spiritual presence and power in your life today and always for eternal health.
Fill our lives with your presence and power today, Holy Spirit, so that your love can flow from our hearts like streams of water in a parched land. Amen.
What does water mean in a dream spiritually?
So, in a dream, what does water mean? In general, water in dreams represents purity, rebirth, powerful feelings, and a quest for knowledge, but it can also imply a lot more. However, keep in mind that a water dream could also have a bad connotation.
When you dream of pure water, for example, this is an evident evidence of a positive connotation of water in your dream. It's a sign of happiness and good fortune. If the water is dark or muddy, on the other hand, it could indicate problems or adversity that you will face in your waking life.
What is a water spirit called?
- The Nix/Nixe/Nyx (German) or Nixie (English) are shapeshifting water spirits who mainly appear in human form.
- Undine, sometimes known as Ondine, is a feminine water elemental (first appearing the alchemical works of Paracelsus).
What does the Bible say about Living Waters?
The prophet Jeremiah identifies God as “the fountain of living water” who has been abandoned by his chosen people Israel in Jeremiah 2:13 and 17:13. “If you had known God's gift and who it is who asks you for a drink, you would have asked him for it and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
What are the 7 symbols of the Holy Spirit?
A symbol is a physical representation of a spiritual reality that unfolds. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is represented with symbols that depict a reality of truth about him and shed light on both his nature and mission. Dove, Fire, Oil, Wind, and Water are all emblems of the Holy Spirit.
The Dove: This can be observed in the account of Christ's baptism (Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:30-34). A dove represents peace (Psalms 55:6; Song of Songs 2:12), purity (Song of Songs 5:2; 6:9), innocence (Matthew 10:16), and beauty (Psalms 55:6; Song of Songs 2:12). (Psalms 68:13; Song of Solomon 1:15; 2:14).