Treatment of the lost, unsaved or erring Christian

John 4:4-26 the woman at the Well.


V. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

Jesus was weary but never too weary to be about the Father’s business.

V. 9  Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Jesus was not above interaction with those from a different culture or background; sometimes with better reception than from his Jewish contemporaries.

V. 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

No matter where we are in our spiritual walk, we all have the same Father.

V. 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

 When we have received in baptism the Holy Spirit of God and thereby peace and forgiveness and hope and a future, these things should pour forth (fountain vs. having to work to get it from a well),

 V.15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

 People who hear about Jesus in a way they can comprehend will desire it.

 V.16-18 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

 God knows all.  Jesus knew the woman’s circumstances before he spoke to her.  He knew her sin condition and did not shun her.  He treated her with respect despite her sin.  He didn’t bring up her sin situation first.  He brought up the sin solution first. 

 V. 19-22 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

When people perceive you are of God, they may ask you questions.  Are you ready to give an answer? Have you studied God’s word?  The answer you give may influence someone’s eternity for the better or worse.

 V.23-24 But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.24 

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Philippians 3:3 states that worshipping in the Spirit means full reliance on God and not flesh and John 1:17 says that truth comes thought Jesus Christ.

 V.25-26 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

 Jesus is the bringer of all things.  He brings reconciliation between us and God and between the Jew and the Gentile.  He brings salvations and healing.  His death made way for the Holy Spirit to come.  He bought our citizenship in heaven and our eternal life.  He did all the work.  “I who speak to you am He” (the Messiah).  What is he saying to you?


  1. There are good elements in the text, but at certain places it seems to mix two different people, at the one hand the spirit God and on the other hand the human being, who was first lower than angels but was made higher by his Father to come to sit next to Him in heaven to be a mediator between God and man.

    From your text it looks like you are taking Jesus to be the Most High God. He is the son of God and not a god son (a whole difference).

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