JAMES  ADETORO MINISTRY        

"Keeping the Faith, Sharing the Faith and Praying for Harvests"

Reflection on John 3: 27

John the Baptist was doing what GOD has called him to do and his disciples came to him to complain about JESUS  doing what was supposed to be the prerogative of their rabbi. The disciples of John the Baptist were jealous because Jesus was drawing more crowd than their master. They considered the Messiah as a rival. John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given from heaven.”  A man receives nothing, whether to be a king, a president, a minister, a nurse, a doctor, except by the authority of heaven. This statement sweeps all rivalries, all sense that some piece of work is more important than some other.  Does this statement apply to JESUS  and/ or to all human beings including John the Baptist?  D. A. Carson in his Commentary on  John  states: “God’s sovereignty stands hidden behind all human claims, for a human being does not have anything but what he has received. . . All gifts come from heaven.”  Similarly Apostle Paul admonishes us in 1 Corinthians 4:7. “And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” We must not show any “discontent over God’s wise, sovereign disposition of people and things.”  John Calvin once taught that if God chooses to make someone an idiot, God cannot be called to account for it. O LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, make me a vessel unto honour.

 

Reflection on Psalm 46:1

Psalm 46:1 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The word “refuge” translates a Hebrew word used in the Bible to describe shelters to which people flee in war or during storms. And the word “strength” translates another Hebrew word describing power under duress or a city that stands when besieged. When taken together as in this verse, the words portray God as the One who shelters and defends all who place their trust in Him. In “trouble” (distress, anxiety) He is our “very present help”. But remember, a refuge can shelter only those who get inside its protection. If you don’t run to God through the Lord Jesus, you are defenceless and open to onslaughts of the enemy and the fiery darts of the evil one. As this songwriter stated:
“Come to Him, He will give you love; Run to Him, He will give you life
He is the Master of love; He is the Living Word
And with Him, you’ll reign for ever more”

 


CAN A MAN BUY HIS OWN REDEMPTION?

5 Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
6 Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
7 No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
9 That he should live on eternally,
That he should not undergo decay.

16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His glory will not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives he congratulates himself—
And though men praise you when you do well for yourself—
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see the light.
20 Man in his pomp, yet without understanding,
Is like the beasts that perish. [Psalm 49: 5-9; 16-20, NASB]


This is one of the wisdom psalms in the Psalter. Psalm 49 is concerned with the relationship of life to death. For all a person’s wealth he cannot redeem himself; the world richest person could not afford his own ransom, not to talk of members of his family.  When facing death, the ultimate leveller of all human beings, wealth and riches would be finally useless. In death all human beings are equal. The grave is a perpetual home: the earthly mansions, powerful cars and supersonic jets the rich and wealthy had possessed, named after themselves in the vain hope of a kind of perpetuity, would pass into the hands of others.  If wealth and riches could buy death, then the rich would have everlasting life and never enter the grave.  Death is the great leveller: what is not adjusted in this life will be adjusted in the next.