Friday, 28 April 2017

Genesis 4:4 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
28th of April, 2017.

TEXT:Genesis  4:4

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

COMMENTARY BY JACOB ATITEBI

Cain and Abel were the first siblings on earth. Cain was a farmer and Abel his brother was a shepherd. At the harvest time they both brought offerings from their professions to God. But in verse 4 which is our focus for today's commentary, the word of God said the Lord accepted Abel and his offering. What was Abel's offering? This is a right question to ask. His offering is the several choice of lambs from the best of his flock. God had to accept Abel even before his offering. Why? Abel offered his offering by faith. God did not accept Abel because of his offering but because of his person. He is a  person of faith. Not just that he brought a more acceptable offering to God but he acted by faith than Cain did.

The point is It is only the acceptable man of God that can bring an acceptable service unto God. If God has not accepted you, He will not accept anything from you. God accepted your person before your service. Your sacrifice or service does not influence God to accept you if He has accepted you before. The lord had respect unto Abel before his offering.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

1 Corinthian 4:2 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi


TEXT:1 Corinthians  4:2

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

Faithfulness is key to success in ministry. Any man who must end well must be faithful in ministry or whatsoever is committed into his hand. When a person is put in charge as a manager of God's resources such a man must be faithful in other to end well according to God's standard of acceptance. Faithfulness is not an option but a necessity if you must obtain a good reward as a steward.

The one requirement for stewards is that they be “found faithful.” “Faithful” carries the idea of being trustworthy or reliable. A faithful person is a person upon whom God can rely for service. God will search our soul to find something; that one thing for which He looks is faithfulness. In context, faithfulness toward God’s truth – the “mysteries”of 4:1 – is at stake; hmmmm.

Are you doing what you are expected by God to do with what you have? Are you executing the supernatural endowments (gifts) God has given you to do His work. Are you a reliable steward? Can God count on you?

1 Corinthian 4:2 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi


TEXT:1 Corinthians  4:2

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

Faithfulness is key to success in ministry. Any man who must end well must be faithful in ministry or whatsoever is committed into his hand. When a person is put in charge as a manager of God's resources such a man must be faithful in other to end well according to God's standard of acceptance. Faithfulness is not an option but a necessity if you must obtain a good reward as a steward.

The one requirement for stewards is that they be “found faithful.” “Faithful” carries the idea of being trustworthy or reliable. A faithful person is a person upon whom God can rely for service. God will search our soul to find something; that one thing for which He looks is faithfulness. In context, faithfulness toward God’s truth – the “mysteries”of 4:1 – is at stake; hmmmm.

Are you doing what you are expected by God to do with what you have? Are you executing the supernatural endowments (gifts) God has given you to do His work. Are you a reliable steward? Can God count on you?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION

26th of April, 2017.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,
envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

The flesh is the corrupt and unrenewed part of human nature. The unregenerate part in the regenerate man (Romans 7:18). This flesh produces works in man that is contrary to that of Spirit. The flesh is the sinful nature.
Apostle Paul gave us here the results of following the desire of your sinful nature. As I said earlier every man has flesh that war against the Spirit in him. When you obey the desire of your flesh it will make you to commit sexual sins and others as mentioned by Apostle Paul in our study texts.  This works manifest in the life of man because it cannot be hid Hebrew 4:13. When you committed the sins mentioned above, it shows you have obeyed the desire of your sinful nature in disobedience to the Spirit. Paul told the saint in Rome that when you're controlled by your old nature, sinful desire were at work within you you. The evil desire were aroused to produced sinful deeds which will eventually result in death.  In verse 21 Paul remind us again that those who live by manifesting the desire of his sinful nature will not inherit God's kingdom. Fulfilling the desire of the flesh will end you in eternal death. The way out is to live in the Spirit therefore you won't do what your sinful nature crave for.

Verse of the day

Galatians  5:25

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Galatians 5:17 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
25th of April, 2017.

TEXT: Galatians  5:17

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

COMMENTARY BY JACOB ATITEBI

The desire of the flesh is always contrary to that of the Spirit. Our flesh will always want us to do that which is against the word of the Lord. Naturally the flesh is full of evil desire.

We naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. Paul had this experience when he wrote to the saint in Rome (Romans 7:15-25). As Christians, we made mistakes and sometimes give in to our flesh. Paul says in Romans that your nature, your flesh, even though it is aware of that which is good and holy, does not obey that which is good and holy. For example the deeds of the flesh are evident, anger, jealousy, strife, etc. But the deeds of the spirit are patience, kindness, gentleness, etc. Humans by nature are disposed to living by the flesh. History is the record of human nature at work, not pleasant to read. You and I are by nature not good. More precisely by nature we are unable to enter the kingdom of God.

I said yesterday that you cannot walk by the Spirit and at the same time walk by the flesh. The flesh and the Spirit cannot be in peace with each other because to give in to sin means you have violated the Spirit. If the flesh is up, the Spirit is down; if the Spirit is up, the flesh is down.

A spiritual war takes place in every believer. The non-Christian does not have that same kind of struggle for he is nothing but “flesh.” He has not the Spirit of God in him to check him up. Once a person comes to know Christ, he enters a significant spiritual struggle. This is proof that he is born again.

Legalistic Galatians thought they could oppose sin by trying to live up to the law. By trying to gain God’s approbation by the law, they failed to engage the grace of God provided by the Holy Spirit. Neither do believers operating under grace give license to sin. Life under grace is neither legalism nor license but a reigning principle that prohibits the sin capacity from doing what it otherwise would.

Verse of the day

Romans 7:18

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Verse of the day

Romans 7:18

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Galatians 5:16 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
24th of April, 2017.

TEXT: Galatians  5:16

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ wrote to the churches of Galatians. Here in verse 16th of the 5th chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul instructed us to keep in step with the Spirit in other to denial the desire of the sinful nature. Paul spoke not to unbelievers but to the saints. He said these when he discovered they have turned back to be slave of principles of the world.

The Christian walk is life, not regulations. Christians will not fall into a life of sin if we do not live by operation bootstraps but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The word “walk” means to walk around. The walk in the Spirit here is away of life, not a short stroll. “Walk” then means live. The Greek tense indicates that we are to keep on walking in the Spirit as a course of life. We are to order his manner of life by the Holy Spirit and not by the law. God wants our walk with Him to be permeated and dominated by the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit will not automatically work in our lives; we must invite Him to control us.

We cannot walking in the flesh and in the Spirit at the same time. We are either carnal or spiritual at any given moment. We are either Spirit-filled or we are not.

As Christians, we do not measure up spirituality by how much prayer, witnessing or service we do but by dependence on the Spirit. We cannot live the Spirit filled life by suppression of sin or by eradicating sin but by the counteracting power of being filled with the Spirit; walking in the Spirit. Victory does not come by self but by the Spirit. When we walk in the Spirit, we are spiritual and produce the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit comes from the Holy Spirit, not from our deeds lived in the power of self.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Verse of the day

Romans  14:11

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Revelation 22:12 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
23rd of April, 2017

TEXT: Revelation  22:12

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

This morning when I asked God question about what He asked for certain set of people, He spoke to me clearly and gave me this scripture I will do commentary on today. The revelation God reveal to John His chosen vessel is for every living being on the surface of the earth no matter your religion.

In context, God revealed the vision of a new heaven and a new earth to John. Also, he heard the voice of the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last saying  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Whenever God said behold He want you to see and hold on to His word. To behold God's word us to observe His word. It's just as it was  pronounced "Behold". It means to be that word and consider such word(s). The statement that follows the behold " I come quickly" tells us how and when the coming Jesus Christ will be. It won't take long. He is coming soon. You don't wait for long and get tired of His waiting. No! You must understand that the coming of Jesus is very soon and and with no prior notice. This understanding will help you to preparing for His coming and wait for His reward that your deeds deserved. The purpose of His coming is to give reward to you and I according to the work we have done. What is your work? Can your work withstand the test of time? Will your work receive eternal life or eternal death? What your reward will be when Jesus returned will be determined by your work. Work here does not mean your daily work for living No! It is your deeds according to verse 11 of Revelation chapter 22.

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

To have eternal life as your reward you must live holy and be righteous.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Luke 14:28 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
22nd of April, 2017

TEXT: Luke  14:28

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

In today's Bible commentary, I will look into the act and words of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus made a wise statement to the multitudes. At the house of one of the chief Pharisees on the Sabbath day, great multitudes were following Jesus and He seeing this crowds of men turned to them and gave them words that they must understand to follow Him and become His disciples. It is not just about following Jesus but by following Jesus with the proper understanding and be ready to pay the price of discipleship. Jesus is not after multitudes but after those who will count the cost of being a disciple.

Everyone loved the miracles, healing, and free food. Jesus was cool, the talk of the town, and the latest fad. But He knew their hearts. He knew they desired the benefits of what He did rather than an understanding of who He was. They loved His gifts, not the life He was calling them to. So He explained what it takes to be one of His followers.

To build a tower you need to first count the cost and see if you have what it takes to build it. Likewise, to follow Jesus as His disciple you must be ready to let go of the most important thing to you. What do you value most that you can't let go for the sake of the gospel? Is it your properties or your children or your spouse? Whatever it is, you must first count the cost and be ready to pay the price.

Verse of the day

1 Corinthians 15:20-22

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.
Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Verse of the day

John 10:28-30

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

1 Peter 1:23 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
21st of April, 2017.

TEXT: 1 Peter 1:23

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Jacob Atitebi's COMMENTARY

Apostle Peter here wrote his letter to God's chosen people who are living as foreigners in Five cities. The word is also for as many born again   people of God.
In verse 23rd, he make us to understand that since we have born again by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and saviour, our new life which we live in the flesh did come from corruptible seed I.e our parents. Yes the life they gave us is a corruptible one because it can and will perish one day. David said in " Psalms  51:5  Behold, I was sharpen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." That life given to us by our parent will end in death.

As a Christian since you have been born again, your new life is from the eternal , living word of God. This new life in Christ will last forever. It is a life which comes from the word of God that abide forever. The bible says
" The word of God is full of living power..." Hebrew 4:12

We are born by the word of truth.... James 1:18

Finally, the beloved of God we must live our new life with the understanding that we have eternal life that will last forever because it comes from living and abiding word of God.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Verse of the day

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
                                (Philippians 4:13)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Verse of the day

Luke 9:23-24

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Verse of the day

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1 Peter 2:24

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds you are healed.

Monday, 10 April 2017

It is finished

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Yes! It is finished. That was the last statement of our saviour Jesus Christ (John 19:30). When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt that He owed to the Father; rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind; the debt of sin. Jesus was saying, "Mission accomplished! Everything that had to be done has been done! It is finished!" (John 17:4)

Our reaction to Jesus last statement

Jesus lived the perfect life He had to live and perfectly died the death He had to die and He said; It is finished!
We do not need to die for our own sin or pay any debt of sin, all we have to do is to put our faith in that finished work of the cross and follow that Lord who died and rose for us. Our own works cannot save us, but the work Jesus did for us on the cross can save us perfectly and forever.

The finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross was the beginning of new life for all who were once “dead in trespasses and sins” but who are now made “alive with Christ” (Ephesians 2:1,5 ).

Verse of the day

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Romans 5:6-8

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The reason Jesus fold the napkin

Have you ever asked why Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

You may have not thought about this up till now. The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes. Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!' Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side. Was that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes! In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'. But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because........... The folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'
HE'S COMING BACK!!!!

Verse of the day

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NIV)

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