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By Curtis Pugh

Occasionally I answer my door and find there two people going door to door promoting their particular brand of bottled water. While I applaud their zeal and am glad to live in a country where people have the freedom to promote whatever brand of water they choose, I am equally glad that I have the freedom to warn people about the poison I see in their products.

Whether their brand of water was first bottled in California or in Kentucky, Tennessee or New York, Illinois or whether its present headquarters is located in Utah, Great Britain or another part of Europe or wherever it matters not. All their bottling plants rely on the inventions of two men named Thomas Aquinas and James Arminius. And all contain the same pollution and poison. The pollution comes from the slough from which the waters are drawn: i.e. the “carnal mind” which “is enmity against God,” (Romans 8:7). The poison in these brands of water is called “confidence in the flesh” of which the true children of God have none, (Philippians 3:3).

In contrast to all other waters the Lord Jesus spoke of His water, saying, “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,” (John 14:14). Notice these four things: (1) Jesus said that He has something He metaphorically likened to water. (2) He gives this water without any cost or effort on the part of those to whom He gives it. (3) When this water is within a person it becomes a flowing spring and (4) the result is everlasting life: i.e., spiritual life forever.

This water that Jesus gives must represent the Holy Spirit of God for it is He that brings spiritual life at the new birth. A good description of the effects of this water is found in Romans 8:8 which says, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Those without the water that Jesus gives are yet “in the flesh” regardless of their works or religion.

In the plan of God it is Jesus who provides life through the Spirit at the new birth and His subsequent indwelling. All confidence (faith) is in Christ, in what He has done and what He has promised to do for His sheep. There is no need or room for the poison of “confidence in the flesh” that is in all this bottled water. Those indwelt by the Spirit cease having the “carnal mind” which is “enmity against God.” This is all a matter of “grace” or undeserved favor with God. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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