In this week’s topical discussion we will answer three questions, what is meant by the phrase a well of life? Who is considered a well of life? How does one become a well of life and what are the benefits of being a well of life?
In our efforts to answer the first question, our scripture verse parallel’s the mouth of a righteous man as being “a well of life.” Why so, because all believers who follow God’s ways will lead others into the full-life given by God as recorded in Ezekiel 47:1-12, where Ezekiel, in his vision sees a life-giving river flowing from the temple. As this river flows it grows both in dept and width (vv 2-5), giving life and causing everything it touched to multiply (vv 9-12). Let’s look at what flows from the river; in verse 9 there is an abundance of fish which is evangelism. In verse 10 we have enduring faithfulness, and verse 12 there is healing; also verse 12 gives similarities to the river that flows from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8-10), as well as the river of life spoken of in the new Jerusalem which flows from the throne of God ( Revelation 22:1, Zechariah 14:8).
Let us answer the second question which is individualized as recorded in John 4:14 and 7:38 which speaks of the believer who believes on Jesus Christ , “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38), and in John 4:14 talks about the believer “drinking water unto everlasting life.” What does this means? It means that everyone who accepts Jesus as God’s Son have the Holy Spirit living within them thus giving this life flowing water; for the Holy Spirit is the “flowing water”.
Finally, let’s answer question 3 specifically, by stating that in John 3:16 is how one become this living well of water because Jesus gives life to all who believe on Him and it lasts forever; and that is a benefit of being a well of life. On the other hand, believers who have the Holy Spirit, the living water, magnifies Christ, bring others to Christ therefore building the kingdom of God as it is His desire that no soul be lost. Another school of thought is the Dead Sea can be parallel to all those living without Christ in their lives and or the wicked places of this world.
In closing, all believers who evangelize are the fishers bringing others to Christ, and those who remain faithful are the preservers in the faith who may have to endure suffering for Christ’s sake, but as God’s Word go forth there will be healing in the land. Believers—catch fish so God’s river continues to grow.