For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes
to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow
Me. 25 "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever
loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 "For what will it profit a
man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a
man give in exchange for his soul? 27
"For the Son of Man
is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will
then repay every man according to his deeds.
We are not reading about the salvation itself here, for what it is concerned, the speech about deeds are totally out of the question. The Word is as clear as anyone could wish for when it comes to that! - But Gods Word also speaks about the difference in the reward for the believer. And it speaks about that the believer will continue building on the foundation of Christ, with different kinds of material - someone with noble, others with nothing noble, but even those who build with the kind of material that got burned up in the test, will be saved – though trough fire. (1 Cor. 3:11-14).
beings became in reality our own gods through the fall! We became self-worshippers. It was then we fell for the temptation: “You
become like God,” and therefore naturally live by it. We want to be the
biggest, the greatest, most praised and honored etc. If we have to admit
to our littleness, it will brake our self-image, our self-esteem etc.
This is where it has its
mentioned that this in itself was not about our salvation, but this
thing about living for you, can have that consequence though, that we
actually let go of the salvation. Our own will swallow up everything at
the end. We see an example in the Word by Demas for example, he who was
one of Paul’s close companions - Paul brings a sad report about him: “-
for Demas, having loved this present
world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.”
is about being placed before the call, we have those invited it speaks
of for example in the parable about the kings sons wedding (Mat.
22:1-14), who all chose Gods salvation away, for the benefit of what
they had in this world. And nothing they preferred before Gods things
were sinful things, let us make note of that! It was people who never
had been on the inside and never came there, of this reason.
closer a human being gets to God, the more will Gods purpose for his
life be fulfilled. You shall not as many preach about, seek about Gods
purpose for your life, as seeking to come closer to Him, by Jesus Christ
work of reconciliation. This preaching about “God has a plan with your
life” will much more wear people out, than to give them desire for
the Kingdom of God, and leads to a more or less longing after the “riches in
Egypt”, which means the things in this world.
We read in v.24 to “lose your life”, that can be a totally definite way of letting your life go for the sake of the name of Jesus. The history has shown us that, and it happens still today, and will happen even more to the end of this age, it sure looks like it. But this shall first and foremost be understood in the context with this message, to deny oneself, his own, in other words let go of your own.
hear this, we start to count on it, - can I stand the costs? Jesus will
help us and puts this “calculation” up for us: “For
what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his
(v.26a). What kind of answer will you choose?
the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His
and “judgment must begin,” not with the rebellious world, but “the
household of God.”
Let that be the question today and every day!
Holy Bible New American Standard Version