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Time Of Christ: A Lack Of Condemnation

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 4:6-43 KJV
(6) Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
(7) There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (8) (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
(9) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
(10) Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
(11) The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
(12) Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
(13) Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
(14) But 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.
(15) The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
(16) Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
(17) The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
(18) For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
(19) The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
(20) Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
(21) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
(22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
(23) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
(24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
(25) The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
(26) Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
(27) And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
(28) The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
(29) Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
(30) Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
(31) In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
(32) But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
(33) Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
(34) Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
(35) Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
(36) And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
(37) And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
(38) I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
(39) And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
(40) So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
(41) And many more believed because of his own word;
(42) And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
(43) Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

Have you ever talked to someone that your friends or family said donít talk to them as if they are unworthy of your time. I guarantee if you work in a store or a place of business you will be talking to some of these people sooner or later. Yet usually it just business that discussed. Jesus was about his Fatherís business at the well. Yet he was only there to take a rest outside a Samaritan village. A place not visited by the Jewish community as a whole. It was forbidden because these people were half Jewish and half Gentile by birth. Often their faith was mixture of heathen faith and Jewish faith. Because of this mixture they were not allowed in the sanctuary of the Jews but in the Gentile sanctuary only in Jerusalem. They were seen has people that had defiled themselves with other nations, yet it was not their necessarily their own fault, sometimes it was because of a nation that had conquered them intermixed with them. Jesus began speaking to a Samaritan woman about living water that He could give her. He had no bucket, he had no glass, he was lucky she understood he was talking about things of God. Jesus after all had asked for a drink of water, but now offered her one.

This woman he offered to give living water to was living with a man not her husband and had been married five times. Yet this matter not to Jesus. Her life style had no bearing on what he offered her. Her station in life had no bearing on what he offer either. It much like what Godís people need to be doing today going into the highways and by ways of life and offering living water to even those not in then church. Instead of condemning, offering them living water in which to quench the soul. Allowing Jesus to make the correction in their life. Yet Jesus never told the woman to repent. Her sin of living with a man never in question, just stated as a fact. Proof he already knew all about her. God already knows all about you and me. He knows about our mistakes that are sin, and our spiritual condition. This woman had a spiritual condition of not having God in her life. She had no living water in her soul. The people of faith in God had hope of salvation through the word of God, and yet knew not the Messiah was Jesus, but this woman was given the knowledge that Jesus was the Christ. The hope of the world.

There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus , who walk not after the flesh but the spirit. Roman 8:1. The controversy of once always saved is the obedience to the law of sin verses the law of God. If one believes in God then is that enough even when sins physically. Is one spiritual minded enough that no matter the fleshly sin it matters not? If God writes his laws on the heart by the Holy Spirit can His laws be totally ignore of purity and holiness the answer is no. Yet at the same time there is a sanctification of the flesh. People caught in fleshly impurities might not change right way after receiving Christ as Lord, but change will come in time. If the word of God is poured into oneís life change is going to take place. For our desire is to please the Lord after one gets saved. Our hearts are no longer against God. Some will fall away after believing because they do not desire to hear or obey the word of God. They fall away not ready to change from their sinful life when God pricks the heart and says you are doing something wrong. The Samaritan woman was not condemned by her sinful nature, but it was address by Jesus. He did not condemn her but told her who he was. And so she took Jesus word and went and told the town men to come see if Jesus was the Christ. The town men said I know this is the Christ, not because of what the woman said but for themselves.

Jesus was sowing to this Samaritan town. He was telling them who He was. He explain there were those that sowed and those that reaped. This was a time of sowing the word but also a time of reaping for salvation and not judgment. The truth of God had to be sown to a village, before salvation could come. To sow there is not always condemnation. Did the woman at well feel condemnation for her life style to the point she repented or said I will leave or marry the man I am with. No suggestion of this. Yet Jesus used the information He knew about her to convince her that He was who He said he was. For the Samaritans understood that the Christ would know all things.

This woman at the well found no condemnation, but only hope in believing Jesus was the Christ. Would repentance come? I believe in time it would. Can one serve the flesh and remain in Christ. The answer is no for the word of God will change a person. Yet condemnation would come, for Jesus said on more then one occasion go and sin no more. Yet not this time, no thought of repentance is instructed. Believing must come first before the act of condemnation can grab hold. If all you hear is condemnation of God then how can one embrace a loving God. The truth of the matter one can not. Yet if one knows there is a loving God they can receive that their sin is separating them from God.

The woman evangelized her city by bring the men to see for themselves who Jesus was. She sowed the word and Jesus reaped the reward of the people believing. Faith began and would continue. Yet it comes with knowledge of who Jesus is. Jesus brought no condemnation, but it would come with knowledge of God.

Dear Heavenly Father move us to repentance after belief. Let your word change us, after our understanding who you are, as a loving merciful God who condemns us not so quickly but is merciful to our sin because of our lack of knowledge. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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