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GAINING FROM LOSS

June 16, 2017

Friday

 

Mark 8:35

 

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus used the word “life” in two ways in this verse. The translation of this Greek word as “soul” here has caused some people to conclude that Jesus was only warning about the loss of salvation. He was not. In its first occurrence in each clause, “life” refers to one’s physical life. In the second part of each clause, “it” means the essential person that continues to exist beyond the grave. Likewise, “lose” has two meanings. In the first clause, “lose it” means the loss of reward for

believers, and the loss of salvation for unbelievers. In the second clause, “loses his life” means loss of physical life which can include physical suffering, loss of health and or well-being, or literal death.

 

Jesus meant that if a person wants to retain control of his or her life now, he or she will suffer the loss of something more valuable in the future. Conversely, if a person will relinquish control of his or her life to follow God’s will faithfully, he or she will gain something of greater ultimate

worth.

 

Memory Verse: John 12:24

 

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

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