"On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." John 7:37
Jesus Christ testified that this living water becomes the spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:14)
Without going to Jesus Christ in the age of the Son, people could not receive the water of life, eternal life. However, many people despite knowing this and hearing the words of Christ, denied that he was God in the flesh granting them the gift of the water of life.
In the times of the Old Testament, in the age of the Father, who should the people have gone to for living water? Did they?
"Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror, declares the Lord (Jehovah). "My People have committed two sins: They have forsaken me (God), the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, cisterns that cannot hold water." Jeremiah 2:12-13
In the age of the Father, people forsook God, the spring of the living water and tried following in their own ways.
Notice a pattern yet?
God wrote these things in the Bible to teach us. (Ro 15:4)
Now that we are living in the age of the Holy Spirit, who must we seek to receive the Spring of the Water of life?
"The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty let him come; and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life."
In the age of the Holy Spirit, the final age of the Bible, it is the Spirit and the Bride that we must seek in order to receive the water of life, eternal life. In the past ages, people denied God who gave them the living water, eternal life. Now that we are living in the last days and the final age of the Bible, we can learn from the past mistakes and understand that it is only through God that our spirits are quenched and given the chance to enter eternal life.
As we know the Holy Spirit is God our father, we have to also know who the bride is.
Can we receive the water of life without going to the bride?
"I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband." Revelation 21:2
The Bride is the Heavenly Jerusalem.
The prophet Zechariah prophesied of Jerusalem in the last days, not the Jerusalem in Palestine, but the Heavenly Jerusalem who is prophesied to come down out of heaven to this earth:
"It will be a unique day , without daytime or nighttime- a day known to the Lord. When evening comes there will be light. On that day (last days) living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter." Zechariah 14:7-8
In both the age of the Father and the age of the Son, God came to give us the living water, eternal life. God our Father, the Holy Spirit, and the bride are now calling us to give us the same water of life. In the last days the Bible prophesied that the living water will come from Jerusalem, the bride. Then who is the Heavenly Jerusalem, the bride, in relation to us, the children of God the Father?
["But the Jerusalem that is above is free and she is our Mother." Galatians 4:26
In the last days we MUST seek the Spirit and the Bride, Father and Mother, in order to receive the water of life, eternal life, and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us learn from the past and not forsake our God who freely gives the water of life to those who go to them.