And many more believed in him because of his word. After Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, and her exclamation to the town she lived in, the townspeople invited him to stay with them and we are given this italicized verse, many more believed in him because of his word. Notice, not words, but word.
Jesus was being authentically Jesus, not only with the Samaritan woman at the well, but with the entire town. His authenticity just oozed out of his every pore. I think that is why John uses word as opposed to words. For John began this Gospel with: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the word was God.....and the Word became flesh and lived among us.....
When we meet someone authentically themselves, we just know it, and we respond. This is what the Samaritans were doing, responding to the authenticity of God among them. How can we be more authentically ourselves?
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