A Well Without Water

2 Peter 2:17

The word of truth is the water of life. In which, it refreshes the souls that receive it. But those who deceive (false prophets/teachers) speak error because there is no truth in them. As clouds hinder the light of the sun, so do the false prophets darken counsel with words that have no truth. Being that these men promote darkness in the world, it is fitting that the mist of darkness will be their place in the hereafter. They gave off an impression of being wellsprings however they had no substance. This would suggest how they were as instructors, wellsprings of water in the desert but without water. Darkness is an example of God’s judgment.

Peter is warning of false prophets coming into the church. This is a danger to growing Christians. A well without water is a dry well. There is no nourishment for life. It is pointless. Drawing dirty water from a dirty well is just as bad, there is no nourishment. If there is no water, then there is no life.


John 4:14, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."


When a well dries up it is filled in because the dry well is a danger to others. A well that is stagnant if not tended to and used becomes unhealthy.


Wells are often supplied by underground springs & rain.

Proverbs 16:22, "Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly."

 Psalms 84:6, "Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools."


They are often deep and too difficult to draw from.

John 4:11, "The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?"


 They are also covered to prevent being filled in.

Genesis 29:2-3, "And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouthAnd thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place."


Some wells were stopped up by the enemy.

Genesis 26:15, "For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth."

 2 Kings 3:19, "And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones."


Occasionally, some wells did not have water.

Jeremiah 14:3, "And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads."

 Zechariah 9:11, "As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water."


A Sinner is a desert soul, barren, with no water. A Backslider has dirty water or the water to which it contains is slowly drying up.

 Jude 12, "These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;"

False teachers that are twice dead, are useless because no fruit is being produced.

Take time to do a comparison between a well with water and one without water, and be sure to look at both aspects of that well, the physical and the spiritual. It is a good way to see where we stand with the Lord.

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Well and/or body with water             

Well and/ or body without water


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