2 Peter 2:17 “These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm.”
The Apostle Peter stated in 2 Peter 2:1, that false teachers will even deny (contradict or declare untrue) the sovereign Lord who bought them. Many false teachers today, say they believe in Jesus Christ, but they deny Him by saying He is not the Jesus that the Bible tells us He is. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Yet false teachers will deny Him by saying He is not the only way or the only truth. They claim there are many paths to heaven and the Bible is not truth by which we need to live. Peter tells us these false teachers are without life-giving water. When we dip our cup in their spring, it will come up empty leaving us thirsty. They provide no more than a mist that makes your windshield dirty and hard to see through. You long for rain to wash everything clean, but it never appears. In Revelation 2:16, Jesus says He will fight against false teachers with His Word, the sword of His mouth. And in Revelation 3:8, He commends those who have kept His Word and have not denied His name. Which side will you be on?
Rather than the dry springs of false teachers, Jesus promises, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive” (John 7:37b-39a). The key to receiving this living water and having it flow through and out of your life to others is belief in Jesus. The Greek word for “believe” means to have faith in or put your trust in Jesus. If we don’t believe what the Scriptures say about Jesus, how can we put our trust in Him? To trust in someone, you must have confidence in who they are. But how can we be confident in who Jesus is, unless we can trust what God’s Word says about Him? Jesus said, “These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39b-40). Water can give life or it can erode rock. If you are not sure that all of what the Bible says about Jesus is true, then you will always be second guessing, and your trust in Jesus and God’s Word will erode.
The apostle Paul said to the church in Corinth, “For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:4). The church in Corinth knew the gospel of Jesus, yet it didn’t seem to bother them that some among them would teach something different. The same is true today. In the name of “tolerance”, we accept teaching different from God’s Word. In the process, people forsake Jesus, the spring of living water, and dig their own cracked cisterns that can’t even hold dirty rain water (Jeremiah 2:13). Wouldn’t you rather have streams of living water flowing through you?
Is Jesus’ life-giving water flowing through you to others or is it draining out through the cracks of your unbelief?
Where do you see confidence in God’s Word eroding around you? What will you do to stop the erosion?