July 16, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Matthew 16:21-28, John 12:23-28
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12: 25
The greatest principle in Scripture regarding our salvation is a negative. If we will follow after Christ, then we must deny ourselves. It is a walk in death to the old man, the old flesh. Let no man talk you out of this. When Jesus was telling His disciples about His coming suffering, death, and resurrection, Peter challenged Christ that it must not be so. Christ reacted immediately to him, even calling him Satan. From this we learn that all attempts to soften the truth of self-denial and death to self come from the devil. Do not listen to those voices. There are many such voices out there.
Christ’s life must be seen in us. This is one of the things of God that too few men understand. We are to follow Him to death; the death of the old man of sin in us. Read Romans 6. If we be dead with Christ, we shall also live with Him. The “dying” precedes the life.
When we get these things clear in our minds, and understand how basic this is to true obedience to Christ, then we will come to truly “hate” our life in the flesh, in the world. Our life in the world (our inclination to sin) becomes hateful to us, and to continue to love that life will ultimately cause us to lose eternal life.
Dear Reader: “What will you profit, if you shall gain the whole world, and lose your own soul, or what shall you give in exchange for your soul?” Some buy so little in exchange for their souls: a night of illicit passion or drunkenness, a lie on the tax form, or a grudge held over many years. Are we willing to lose so much to gain so little?
~~ James Baer