by Dan Delzell
There are plenty of things we don't see in life which nevertheless bring about real change. It's that way in the natural world, and it's that way in the spiritual world as well. Just because something is invisible doesn't mean it exists only in the minds of "those in the know." There are invisible realities which exist irrespective of who "believes" in them. These invisible realities produce scientific evidence.
You and I don't see ultraviolet radiation, gravity, oxygen or electricity. But there is plenty of scientific research to substantiate their effects. You would have to be blind to miss such overwhelming evidence. No one in their right mind challenges the science behind those results.
Likewise, you and I don't see God and we don't see the "living water" which Jesus said flows inside everyone who believes in Him. (see John 7:38) And yet, there is plenty of empirical evidence to demonstrate the effects of this living water in the lives of Christ followers.
For example, how many people do you know who claim to have a wonderful assurance of going to heaven one day based upon the death and resurrection of the Messiah? This is a common experience among those who call Christ their Lord and Savior. Belief in the invisible reality brings a strong degree of peace and confidence regarding heaven.
As a pastor, I see this all the time in the lives of believers as well as unbelievers. We conduct a weekly Bible study at the county jail across the highway from our church. Last week, I asked a young man by the name of David this question: "What if you were to die today and God asked you, 'Why should I let you into heaven?' What would you tell Him?" David responded with conventional wisdom. He pointed to his noble efforts which he hopes will qualify him for heaven.
I then asked David, "Even though we just met today, what do you think I would say to God in that situation?" David basically gave the same answer he had given for himself. He figured my hope for heaven would be similar to his own.
I then told David I would not point to anything I have done. Instead, I would say, "Lord, I do not deserve to enter heaven. But I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and my confidence for entering paradise is based entirely upon His work on the cross rather than any of my works. I believe Jesus shed His blood to save me."
Why in the world would I give this specific response to that question? And why do millions of believers say essentially the same thing in response to that question? Most of those who point to the cross also have a "blessed assurance" that heaven is their eternal home.
There is no doubt that God's invisible water produces empirical scientific evidence. These results are witnessed and experienced around the world. The data doesn't lie. After all, it's data. And the living water inside believers creates a bunch of empirical evidence.
Likewise, try finding one person that doesn't know Christ who answers "the heaven question" the way believers answer it. You won't find such a person. Why? Because of the science behind God's invisible water. Like invisible radiation, gravity, oxygen, and electricity, God's invisible water produces significant results as it gets poured into the "spiritual atmosphere" of a human soul. This miraculous transference of invisible water occurs when a person places faith in Christ.
Do you know what you find with the invisible spiritual dynamics of millions of people who are religious, but not Christian believers? You find no assurance of salvation, but lots of reliance upon human effort in attempting to be "holy enough" to get into paradise. There is consistent data for that reality as well. Why do you suppose most of those who trust in their own righteousness are also the ones who lack the assurance of salvation? And why do most of those who are trusting Christ alone have a strong assurance of eternal salvation?
You may not agree with "why" that is the case, but you certainly cannot refute the statistical consistency related to those results. The invisible spiritual dynamics at work in a person's heart become manifest in the words which then come out of the mouth. Jesus said it best: "Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." (Matthew 12:34) Do you know what "overflow" means in that context? It means living water inside believers, and it means personal opinions and subjective feelings inside unbelievers. In other words, it means invisible spiritual dynamics.
There are various types of spirituality, but only one kind which produces the assurance of heaven through the merits of God Himself. And only one kind which brings peace to the soul on a person's deathbed, as well as in the prime of a person's life. It makes no difference. Trusting in Christ alone for salvation brings peace, contentment, and the assurance of eternal life.
Why? Because Jesus gave us His Word on the subject. And whether you realize it or not, the Bible is the only "holy book" in the world which is supported by mathematical certainty. The fulfilled prophecies make it impossible that the Bible didn't come from God. Here is another way to say it: If you could convince me that two plus two does not equal four, then you might also be able to convince me that the fulfilled prophecies do not prove the Bible must have come from God. There is no logical way to refute the mathematical certainty of Scripture due to the fulfilled prophecies.
God didn't have to give us the prophecies. He could have just given us His Son and His love letter without all the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. But He decided to provide that level of certainty to anyone who wants ironclad proof that the Bible could not have originated with man. There is no way. The odds of getting just eight prophecies fulfilled in one man are one out of one hundred quadrillion. Write down the number one and then add seventeen zeros. That's ironclad. So you see, it is impossible that the Bible did not come from God.
Do you want to know something ironic? People pay tons of money for lottery tickets even though the odds are sometimes two hundred million to one against winning. And that is just to win a bunch of cash.
Then we have the Bible, and the prophetic proof that Jesus is the Messiah just as was prophesied in the Old Testament Scriptures. The evidence is overwhelming, with one hundred quadrillion to one that you would ever have one man fulfill just eight prophecies. And Jesus fulfilled over three hundred prophecies concerning His Messianic kingdom. By the way, it was Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, Peter Stoner, who decades ago calculated those astronomical odds.
There is an invisible current of living water which has continued to flow over the centuries. It fills the souls of those who repent and believe the good news. And from their hearts, it flows out to others in the message of the Gospel. The wellspring of God's river is completely invisible to the eye, but the effects are anything but invisible in a world where Christians have been demonstrating compassion ever since believers first started receiving living water from heaven.
Compassion itself is another invisible reality. But you sure see the visible effects of compassion in the actions of those who love Jesus and allow His love to flow through them to others. What's that? You say you knew a "professing Christian" who wasn't very kind? Here is all that proves. That individual, who may or may not have had God's living water on the inside, was giving into sinful desires to be unkind and unloving. That's all.
And if you would rather base your life upon what that person failed to do than upon what Jesus succeeded in doing, that is your choice. But that is a misguided way to spend the limited hours you have been given by God. One day He will shut off your oxygen tank. Even though you don't see the oxygen, you will definitely know when your Creator has given you that final breath on earth. In fact, you will be the first to know.
And then you will begin to experience a realm which is currently invisible to you except on the pages of Scripture. Remember? That is the book which is supported by mathematical certainty. When written out, mathematical equations are visible to the eye. But the absolute nature of the math itself? Well, that is as invisible as the God who created math in the first place. And if two plus two equals four, then you can be sure God's invisible water is backed by the prophetic promises of God. He never breaks a promise, and He ultimately fulfills every one of His prophecies.
No wonder those of us who believe in Jesus have such a beautiful assurance of going to heaven when we die. How about you? Are you ready for some invisible spiritual water to produce a visible change in your life and future? The only way to experience it is to get connected to the One who is the ultimate fulfillment of biblical prophecy, none other than Christ Himself.
Yeshua (Jesus) truly is the Messiah, and the One eternal God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. And His invisible living water is so incredibly refreshing. I sure hope you are thirsty for it today. The available flow is available to you right now here on earth, and it will flow forever in heaven.
In the last chapter of the Bible we are told, "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Rev. 22:1) "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." (Rev. 22:17)
So are you thirsty yet for some of God's invisible water?