What is hell and what is Kingdom of Heaven?
In Genesis 1:20, we read of the first mention of life, and this life comes from water, “…Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life…”. This thought is again repeated in the New Testament in John 3 when Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews is asking questions of Jesus. In verse 5 we read, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Notice here, the water birth (physical) comes before the Spirit birth (spiritual). We see the reality of this when a woman is in labour and the baby is about to be born. We wait for the ‘waters to break’ which surround the baby until birth. We cannot be spiritually re-born until we have first been naturally born.
In Ephesians 5:26, concerning the church we read, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” The Psalmist in Psalm 119:9 writes “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Reading the Bible has a cleansing effect on the reader. Christians would do well to sit and read, study and meditate together on the word of God. In the Tabernacle in the Old Testament, we read in Exodus 30:18 that Moses was to make a laver of brass and put water in it. This was to be situated between the Tabernacle and the altar. The priests were to wash their hands and feet in, like wuzu in Islam, this when they went into the Tabernacle “that they die not”. They needed to purified. The Lord was telling them that they constantly needed to have their feet cleaned. We see a picture of this in John 13. The Lord Jesus washes the disciples feet. They were already washed, but needed their feet washing.
Consider the words of verses 9-10 “Simon Peter says unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and myhis head. Jesus says to him, He that is washed needs not save to wash feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.”
Note that Lord (v14) then tells the disciples that they ought also to wash each others feet, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” It seems to me that this is a future instruction, as at this point their feet were clean. Surely, spiritually speaking, we wash each others feet through reading the word of God. That’s why the Lord said in John 15:3 “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken to you.” In the Christian life, we all need to be purified from the filth of this world, we all need our feet cleaned.
This water is the everlasting life that we enjoy now in Christ. That’s why the scripture says in 1 John 5:12 “He that has the Son hath life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.” Without water there cannot be life: Without the Lord Jesus Christ there cannot be eternal life. It’s interesting to me that the greatest expanse of water in the world today is the sea. The sea in scripture is a fascinating subject, and one we can’t go into here. However, I would encourage you to look at the references and you will see that the sea often speaks to us of restlessness and tribulation (See Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:47-52, John 6:15-21). Note, in all of these passages, the seas were calmed by the Lord Jesus. When we follow these thoughts through, we read those lovely words in Revelation 21:1.
“AND I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed
and there was no more sea.”
No more sea in Heaven, no more restlessness, no more tribulation, all calmed by the Lord Jesus Christ forever. However, although there will be no more sea in Heaven, there will be water, eternal water that flows forever.
AND he showed me a pure river of water of life,
clear as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it,
on either side of the river, was there the tree of life,
which bare twelve manner of fruits,
and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree
were for the healing of the nations.
There may be other spiritual types for water that I haven’t considered, but the above are the ones that spring to mind. I’ll leave you with the final reference to water in the Bible found in
And the Spirit and the bride say,
And let him who hears say, “Come!”
And let him who thirsts come.
Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.