"Will you give me a drink?" "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:7-14)

Here Jesus was sitting by a well, and has asked a woman for a drink from the well. They then had a discussion. The woman is questioning why she, a Samaritan, would give a Jew water. Jesus responds that if she knew who Jesus was, she would not question this.

Now what is the “living water” Jesus is referring to? Is it some magical type of water?

No, water is being spoken of figuratively, or symbolically. The water Jesus is speaking of, which would bestow life upon the woman, is the word of God: Jesus’ teachings about who we are (spiritual beings) and what our goal in life should be:
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matt. 22:37)
Jesus’ teachings quench the fire of thirst for satisfaction that we are always seeking, because we are always seeking fulfillment, and fulfillment is achieved by loving God. Jesus’ teachings will satisfy us, because we are currently seeking happiness where there is none: In self-centered attempts to gain pleasure from the physical world.

The teachings of Jesus produce the “welling up to eternal life” because they bestow upon us the knowledge of God and our ability to resume our original loving relationship with God.

Being "saved" and being "born again" are not the public pledging of allegiance to Jesus, as many in the ecclesiastical, organized sectarian institutions would have us believe. Consider this statement by Jesus:

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matt. 7:21-23)
The operator in this statement is, "only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." This is the requisite for being "saved" according to Jesus.

Being "saved" and being "born again" is the resumption of our loving service relationship with the Supreme Being. It is doing God's will instead of our own will. It is the changing of our hearts from being self-centered to being God-centered. While a decision to change can be made immediately, the actual change of heart is typically a gradual process that requires work and service. This is why Jesus said "...will become in him..."


Our relationship with God is eternal. It is not like the temporary relationships of this world. The bodies of everyone around us - including family members - all die at some point. Those relationships are all thus temporary. Our relationship with God, however, extends beyond the death of this temporary physical body. It does not stop when the body dies. This is because not only are we spiritual, but our relationship with the Supreme Being comes from the eternal spiritual dimension.


(The New International Version was used in the above Biblical quotes. Also consider the Gospels of Jesus for Jesus' statement above - from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)