“Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you,
Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.”
People say ‘what you don’t know won’t hurt’, but that’s not very correct as proven by this text, what you don’t know can keep you captive.
In this woman’s case, ignorance lay like a stone before the door of her salvation. “If you knew the gift of God,” says Christ, “then you would have asked, and I would have given.” There was the one barrier. If that could be removed, she would be a saved soul.
The impediment which lay so much in her way was ignorance concerning the Lord Jesus Himself.
She was not an uninstructed woman, she was definitely synagogue material meaning she was a church woman, perhaps a regular at that.
She was evidently acquainted at least with portions of Biblical history. She could speak of “Father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle.” She was versed certainly in the peculiarities of her sect. “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.”
She was equally well-acquainted with the hopes which were common to her people and to the Jewish
nation—“I know that Messiah comes, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.”
She was not, therefore, kept out of the kingdom on account of ignorance.
Many are better instructed on the church, how it works, the processes and the activities. Some of us even have the church history and know tales of Pastors but if Christ was standing in front of you today, would you recognize Him and say ‘Lord’ or like this woman, you would invite Him to your church?
What kept this woman out of the kingdom was this, that she did not know Christ. She knew not “the gift of God,” and who it was that said to her, “Give me to drink.” And this, indeed, is enough to keep any of us out of peace, and life, and joy, for, until we know God in human flesh, we cannot find peace and comfort.
The great riddle of, “What must I do to be saved?”
remains unsolved till we know Christ and are found in Him. You have to know Him and be known of Him.Attachments area