Drinking from many waters renders a person incapable of hearing a true living word. If one drinks from many waters he/she is receiving input from both the spirit and soul realm. Some of the waters may well have God in them, but it’s the mixture that kills the capacity to hear accurately and discern the true from the false.
After awhile, one stops hearing the voice of the Lord, or, more specifically, discerning His presence riding in the words, and begins to judge and evaluate preaching/teaching according to whether it lines up with his/her doctrines or not.
If we attribute a teaching or sermon to God speaking, it should result in a revelation of Christ to our spirits.
Paul told the Corinthians, “For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.” There are two different Greek words for “father” in this verse. When Paul says you would not have many fathers, the Greek word pater is used. It means father, a male who has offspring. When Paul says I became your father through the Gospel, the Greek word is different. It is gennao. This word means to beget or generate. It implies bringing forth. Here is the complete usage of the word according to Strong’s:
AV-begat 49, be born 39, bear 2, gender 2, bring forth 1, be delivered 1, misc 3; 97
1) of men who fathered children
1a) to be born
1b) to be begotten
1b1) of women giving birth to children
2a) to engender, cause to arise, excite
2b) in a Jewish sense, of one who brings others over to his way of life, to convert someone
2c) of God making Christ his son
2d) of God making men his sons through faith in Christ’s work
Paul is telling the Corinthians he begot them. He created them in Christ. This is the revelation of true fathering. How are we spiritually begotten?
1st Pet. 1:
22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 ¶ For, “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,
25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you.
We are begotten through the living word of Christ. It’s significant that the Greek word for “born” can also be translated gennao. There is a distinction between being begotten and being born. Begotten implies action; it’s the result of action or energy exerted. “Born” is passive, it implies simply existing as a result of birth. When Jesus said we must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God, the word gennao is used. To see the kingdom, we must be begotten. We must be created or generated. (This word gennao is different from the Greek word monogenes. Monogenes is also translated begotten, but it means one of a kind, single. This is the word used in describing Jesus as the only begotten son of God.) It is also very significant that the Greek word for “again” is anothen. “Again” is a very poor translation. Here is the definition of anothen according to Strong’s:
509 anwyen anothen an’-o-then
from 507; TDNT-1:378,63; adv
AV-from above 5, top 3, again 2, from the first 1, from the beginning 1, not tr 1; 13
1) from above, from a higher place
1a) of things which come from heaven or God
2) from the first, from the beginning, from the very first
3) anew, over again
To see the kingdom of God we must be begotten from above, from a higher place. In other words, we must be begotten out of the realm of spirit. It’s a living, spiritual word that enables us to see the Kingdom clearly. When we are begotten from a predominately soulish realm, drinking from many waters, we cannot discern the Kingdom of God accurately. How important it is for the Lord to lead us to channels that can beget us into the higher realms of His kingdom.
Paul exhorted Timothy to entrust the word to faithful men (or women) who would in turn entrust the word to others (2nd Tim. 2:2). This is the means by which the true Isaac comes forth.. It takes place in the realm of spirit through impartation. It is a perpetuation of Christ’s life in the earth. Only as we are careful to drink from living fountains can we discern soul from spirit.