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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. Smith, D.D.
October 13, 2019


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