The Answer to Our Problems and Questions — John 4:10-19

The solution to most problems and the answer to most questions can probably begin with these words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman He met at Jacob’s well: “If you knew the gift of God.” If we asked a group of people, “What are some of God’s gifts to us?” I wonder how many would answer by saying what “THE GIFT” of God is from the very first, and then talk about many other gifts of God, for God’s gifts are without number and beyond our comprehension.

The most obvious answer regarding THE GIFT of God are the next words of Jesus in John 4:10. THE GIFT of God is the ONE who is saying to her “Give me a drink.” THE GIFT of God is Jesus Christ; the One the woman will soon learn is the Prophet, the Messiah, and the Savior of the World. In John 3:16, we learn of God’s greatest gift to us: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” God’s greatest gift to us is His only Son. Now the questions are: “Will people receive God’s gift?” or “Have WE received God’s gift?”

The obvious answer regarding THE GIFT is Jesus Christ, but that seems to be only a partial answer. Is there more to THE GIFT than Jesus Christ for He wanted to give the woman a gift that He wants to give to everyone. Could THE GIFT be the gift Jesus wants everyone to have as the Helper and Guide to solving most problems and answering most questions? For as Jesus teaches throughout the Gospel of John, when He offered to give the woman “The water that . . .  will become . . . a spring of water gushing up to eternal life,” Jesus meant the Holy Spirit. But wait, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus gives us Eternal Life: an eternal, everlasting, perfect relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. The gift of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus must surely be part of THE GIFT.

As we keep thinking about THE GIFT, how do we know all these facts? We know these facts from the Bible, the Word of God written. We would not know about THE GIFT of God without the Word of God written. We would not know about THE GIFT of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, without the Word of God written, the Bible. The Bible is another one of God’s gifts, where we can read about the solution to most problems and the answer to most questions. The Word of God written must be part of THE GIFT because Jesus Christ is the Word of God in the flesh that God gave to us almost 2,000 years ago, and the Bible is the Word of God written in human language that we can read today, and Christians are still working to make the Bible available in every language.

Yet, come to think of it, maybe THE GIFT includes our adoption into God’s Family as children of God? Remember, we read in John 1:12-13, “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” We can now call to God the Father as OUR Father, as OUR “Abba.” In Galatians 4:6, Paul wrote, “And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”

As we draw near the celebration of Christmas, what is THE GIFT, when Jesus asked the woman, “If you knew the gift of God.” THE GIFT must be God! God’s greatest gift to us must include the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and after having created us in God’s image, they have given us the gift of opportunity, the opportunity to enjoy eternal life and all that means to us here and now and forever by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, as God’s children, and the Bible, the Word of God written, so we can know all these facts. How much about THE GIFT of God do we truly know? Have we asked God to give us THE GIFT, because we are ready to receive all God wants to give us?

Please share your thoughts and ideas about THE GIFT and the gifts of God here on the International Bible Study Forum. We would like to read about and learn more about even more of God’s precious gifts.

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May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

2 thoughts on “The Answer to Our Problems and Questions — John 4:10-19”

  1. This the lesson that is presented as the International Sunday School Lesson for Dec. 8, 2019. Why is your lesson different?

    A Heart Filled With Gratitude
    Bible Background • 1 CHRONICLES 16:7-36 | Printed Text • 1 CHRONICLES 16:8–12, 28-36
    Devotional Reading • DEUTERONOMY 26:1-11 lessons

    1. The International Sunday School Lesson you refer to is the Scripture Sequence released by a committee of the National Council of Churches that many denominations use when they print their Sunday school materials. The National Council of Churches Scripture Sequence is designed to study through the entire Bible by topics every six years. After thirty years of writing using this Scripture Sequence for a newspaper and nine years of writing my online commentary and Bible lessons using this Scripture Sequence, I learned that I needed to pay a fee to the National Council of Churches to use their Scripture Sequence. Denominational publishers pay this fee and royalties to the National Council of Churches to use their sequence too, which is only right. Since I was writing my Bible commentaries and lessons for free, I chose not to pay the fee and I chose to no longer use the NCC Scripture Sequence. Since one of my reasons for writing online was to provide free Bible study materials for small churches and Bible study groups around the world that cannot afford professionally printed materials, I chose to stop using the NCC Scripture Sequence and write through the Gospel of John, which I am finding is a greater spiritual blessing for others and me than jumping around all over the Bible by topics. I really wanted to focus on Jesus, which I can do with a study of the Gospel of John. I also changed my online Bible Commentary and Bible Forum name to International Bible Study Commentary, which is an accurate description of what the Bible Commentaries and Bible Lessons have become as they are used internationally through the Internet. I have left online the previous International Bible Lesson Commentaries and Lessons from 2010 through August 2019 for Bible teachers and students to use when they study a previous lesson in their denominational Scripture Sequence (for example, my archive does have commentaries and lessons on the Bible lesson for December 22), but I am no longer following the National Council of Churches Scripture Sequence and no longer competing with professionally published materials. I am sorry for the inconvenience this change has caused you and others, but some churches are using the NCC Scripture Sequence on Sunday mornings using their denominational material and my International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson materials for their mid-week Bible study classes.

      May God bless your continued study and teaching of His Word,
      L.G.

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