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Nothing in the water

Water is a great delivery system. It brings not only moisture to the plant and its cells, but also nutrients.

I used to use an attachment for my hose that sprayed Miracle-Gro plant food on my ornamentals. Now that I am back to using mostly organic methods, I use water to soak pokeweed plants or manure until a nutrient rich “tea” is rendered.

But I got to thinking, that it’s not what’s in the water that matters, so much as getting the nutrition to the plants. Continue reading Nothing in the water

Jesus satisfies

Compared to being in Christ, the world will always be less filling. Those who imbibe will never find satisfaction in the flesh.

In Christ, however, we find the fulfillment that resonates throughout our entire existence.

Questions arise and we seek worldly answers only to find them hopelessly confused and misleading. In Christ, the Word, the fog clears and our paths become bright and inviting.

We breathe deep in the wealth of beauty around us and confidently continue on our way.

In John 6, we find Jesus embroiled in a discussion with the Jews. He feeds the multitudes and they continue to follow him for more bread. He tries to turn their minds toward the spiritual but they cannot overcome their physical limitations.

Jesus brings up the manna, given to God’s people (Exodus 16:13-21,26-27; Numbers 11:7-9). Yet, Israel rejected this gift in ages past and failed to understand the larger spiritual blessings. They were still wrapped up in themselves and their physical desires.

“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:35. NKJV).

If they would think spiritually, they would see the enormous opportunities before them and how it would transform their world (Romans 12:1-2). They saw only the Manna and not that it was a type of what was to come.

Manna was a spiritual blessing with a physical manifestation. Yet, they only saw the latter. In Jesus’ day, nothing had changed.

The manna paved the way for the true bread of heaven, which stood before them as God in the flesh (John 1:1-5,14).

If they would come to Jesus, they would find the absolute satisfaction that they sought (John 6:37,44-45,65). Jesus calls us away from the “old life with its beggarly famine and its total inability to satisfy.”/1

Jesus says that in him, we will never, never hunger or thirst spiritually. He will completely satisfy us, for all-time. Nothing within the fleshly world can compare (John 4:13-14).

Once we find the source of fulfillment (John 14:6), we are continually filled because we return to him daily for spiritual nourishment (Matthew 6:25-34).

In him, we have all blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Our core emptiness is gone because we have given our lives to him (Revelation 3:20).

Come to the Lord to be filled today!


1/ Leon Morris, “The Gospel According to John” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971), 367.

Water and Blood in the Plan of Salvation (3)

by Richard Mansel

When Aaron and his sons were being prepared for the priesthood they had to be purified in water (Exodus 40:12-16). When God prepared to appear before Israel at Mt. Sinai, the people had to be cleansed in water before they could be in his presence (Exodus 19:10-13). Likewise, in John 3:3-5, Jesus tells Nicodemus that the new birth requires water, as does physical birth. Water is a cleansing agent throughout Scripture.

Water is used in Scripture for cleansing and purifying everything from the mundane to the miraculous. The world was “purified” when the flood eliminated all those who had been rebellious against God (Genesis 6-9). The Israelites were liberated from the Egyptian army by the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14). In several chapters of Leviticus we find numerous examples of people and objects that were told to be cleansed and purified in water.

God tells Ezekiel that he would cleanse them with water. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols” (Ezekiel 36:25). This cleansing would lead to a new heart and spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). Naaman, the leper, was told to dip seven times in the Jordan River. He complained about the wisdom of this command but was finally convinced to do so. When he complied, his leprosy was cleansed (2 Kings 5:1-14). In fact, he could not be “clean” without the washing of the water.

Salvation comes by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9). Sins are washed away in the blood of Christ (Romans 5:6-10). Water, we will find, is when the blood of Christ cleanses us from our sins.

We all have sinned and we have no human antidote for sin (Romans 3:23). We require a Savior (Romans 7:24; Jeremiah 10:23). Man does not possess the knowledge or ability to wash away his own sins. Only the blood of Christ can do so.

Acts 22:16 says, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Thayer, the Greek scholar, writes, “those who have gone down into the baptismal bath are said to have washed themselves, or to have washed away their sins, i.e. to have been cleansed from their sins.”/1 Bauer concludes it means, “to wash away one’s sins.”/2

In Acts 2:38, we read, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This perfectly follows Jesus’ teaching in John 3:3-5 that the spiritual new birth involves water and the spirit.

The blood of Christ cleanses us from our sins, as has been noted. Water washes away our sins (1 Peter 3:21). Is there a contradiction? No, Scripture is perfect and complete, so we must dig deeper (2 Timothy 3:16,17). If blood and water both are involved in removing our sins, then they must coincide. Water and the blood of Christ, therefore, meet when we are immersed into Christ for the remission of our sins. If we will have our sins washed away, we must come to Christ and submit to baptism in order to be cleansed from our sins. It is our only hope.
1/ Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 65.
2/ Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich and Danker, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Christian Literature, p. 96.


Blood and Water in the Plan of Salvation (1)

by Richard Mansel

When Jesus was on the cross, the Sabbath Day was approaching and the Roman soldiers were unable to leave prisoners on the cross. Therefore, they came to break the legs of the criminals so their deaths would be expedited. When they came to Jesus, he was already dead. “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out” (John 19:34, NKJV).

Blood and water have an interesting relationship in Scripture. This study can yield a deeper appreciation of the inspiration of Scripture and of salvation. They can also enrich our understanding of how the blood of Christ and the new birth occur (John 3:3-5). God’s Word is an endless well of knowledge sufficient for a lifetime of study.

Moses said, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). Atonement means making amends for a wrong committed. Blood was part of God’s plan for dealing with the sins of men. And God’s plan is consistent in both covenants.

In Exodus 24, sacrifices were offered before the Lord. Moses read the Book of the Covenant to the people and they committed to be faithful to God. And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words” (Exodus 24:8). Through the blood, God made a covenant with the people of physical Israel to be their God and remain faithful to them, if they would do the same.

In the first covenant, the Law of Moses, the blood of bulls and goats was offered for sins but now in the second covenant, God has a better way (Hebrews 8:6). Jesus’ blood was offered for the sins of men (Hebrews 9:12-14). Jesus, who was without sin, (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21) was offered before God as the sacrifice to make men justified.

Christ’s blood, though, only had to be offered once. “But this Man, after He has offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12). The greatness of God’s plan would cover all the men who ever lived and were willing to be the disciples of his Son (Ephesians 2:11-18).

The first covenant was made before the Lord that they would be faithful to God for the remainder of their days. Likewise, the second covenant expects the same level of faithfulness (Revelation 2:10).

When the physical nation of Israel abandoned God by committing spiritual adultery (Ezekiel 16:23-30), their unfaithfulness led them to captivity and death. When the spiritual nation of Israel commits spiritual adultery by being unfaithful to God, they will also find death and enslavement to Satan (Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26-29). Either way, the shed blood was counted as useless by the people of God.

Imagine Jesus shedding his blood and dying for us. We are there looking at his face marred by terrible violence. In his bloody pain, he struggles against the tearing flesh for the smallest breath. As he slowly suffocates, we look in his eyes, deep into his soul, and say, “Sorry, it wasn’t good enough.” Would we count his sacrifice as a complete waste of time? Can we imagine? Christ can (Matthew 7:13).