Adan and Atom
Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
A nervous generation reading “What To Do If The Atom Bomb Falls” needs to be reading what to do if Judgment falls. The biggest issue is still spiritual, not atomic but Adamic, not the atom in the universe but the Adam in you and what to do about it.
Jittery humans looking for a place to hide from their own inventions had better ponder the state of their hearts before the safety of their hides. “No Hiding Place” is a common phrase now, but God is still a refuge and a shelter in time of storm.
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
Quit worrying about the atom and do something about Adam. There is a “last Adam” who can make you a new creature and give you power to become a son of God. These are beyond the reach of atoms, their true life is hid with Christ in God.
Followers and Fishers
Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Here is a double-barreled combination, a command and a promise. A soul-winner is a creation of Christ, “I will make you fishers of men.” Soul-winning is a product of discipleship. Jesus takes the disciple and makes not a depository but a dispenser out of him and through him reaches others. Andrew went after Peter. Philip won Nathanael. Peter fished for Cornelius, and the evangelist Philip drew in the eunuch.
Fishing for souls proceeds from following the Saviour. It is not a pursuit all by itself, to be studied and practiced independently of all else. It is a consequence of obedience, and the Lord who never fails has given His Word guaranteeing the product.
We cannot do it alone. Remember the failure of the disciples in their fishing. “Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing.” But when they fished at His bidding, the miracle happened. And Jesus said, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” It happened when Peter said, “At thy word, I will.” “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”