Of Inspiration From Our Pastor
I have written this week with
the Lord's help about The Value Of Our Soul. The scripture
text for this article comes from the book of Matthew. This
book is the first book of the three Synoptic Gospels. The
other two books are Mark and Luke. The Synoptic Gospels record
the life of Jesus, and his ministry from similar points of
view. But if we want to learn "the whole story"
about a certain topic or subject, we will have to read and
study Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The book of Matthew is written
for all mankind in general, but to the Jewish people in particular.
The author of the book of Matthew used Old Testament messianic
prophecies to show Jesus as "the Promised Messiah,"
by giving a record of His words and deeds; and each of them
were fulfilling these prophecies concerning Him. The writer
of this book was Matthew, the son of Alphaeus, who was also
called Levi. (Mark 2:14) (Luke 5:27).
For this Pastor's Desk we want to focus our attention upon
our scripture text found in (Matthew 16:24-26) which says
= Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange
for his soul? In this passage of scripture, Jesus is teaching
His disciples about the cost of true discipleship. First they
would have to deny themselves, and next take up their cross
of suffering and follow Him. Then He said to His disciples
and "us", whosoever saves his life because he denies
his identity with Jesus and His name will lose it. That disciple
will be denied the privilege of being with Him for eternity.
If they deny Him, then He will not recognize them or honor
them. And whosoever loses his life for Jesus and/or His name
shall find it, and receive eternal life. For more information
on this subject, Read: (Matthew 10:37-39) (Mark 8:34-37) (Luke
9:23-25) (Luke 14:25-27). After these instructions, Jesus
asked His disciples two questions: For what is a man profited,
if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Jesus is
saying to His disciples and to "us," "What
is a man profited if he decides to seek the material goods
of this world, and refuses to pay the cost of discipleship?"
The word, profited, means = to receive a valuable return for
his investment and/or gain a profit. What value is it to him
to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? All of the
profit, possessions, and increase will be deprived or taken
from him; he cannot take this world's material goods with
him when God comes to take his soul to its eternal destiny.
He must leave all of it here in the earth! The second question
Jesus asked His disciples and "us" was; or what
would a man give in exchange for his soul? The word, exchange,
means = the giving or taking of one thing in return for another.
If we would be able to exchange riches or wealth for our soul,
we do not have enough money to pay as a ransom for our soul
or our families' soul! (Psalms 49:6-8) says = They that trust
in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of
their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their
soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) Our soul is our
most valuable possession we have; and it cannot be purchased
with silver and gold; but with the precious blood of Christ,
as a lamb without blemish and without spot: Read: (I Peter
1:18-19). Someone might ask the question, "What is our
soul?" It is the part of every human being which was
given to them by our God (Genesis 2:7) says = And the Lord
God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The Greek word used for soul in (Matthew 16:26) is psuchè
(psoo-khay') #5590 which means = the breath, the breath of
life; and is also called the soul. Our soul is one of the
three parts of every human being. (I Thessalonians 5:23) says
= And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray
God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless
unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our soul is very
valuable because everyone only has one soul. And it is the
part of all of us that will return to our God who gave it.
Read: (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Then our God will decide the eternal
destiny of our soul. He has two choices: In heaven with Jesus
for eternity or in hell (eternal fire and brimstone) with
the devil, and his evil spirits, and all of the wicked dead.
We cannot change our eternal destiny after we have passed
through the door of death unto the spirit world. Jesus saved
our souls at Calvary with His precious blood; but we still
have the power of choice. The responsibility for the salvation
of our soul is in our own hands. We must save ourselves from
this untoward generation. (Acts 2:40). Remember The Value
Of Our Soul!
Suffragan Bishop Charles L.
October 13, 2019