“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:34-37 NKJV). This is the human side of salvation. People sing, “Jesus Paid It All,” and claim to be saved like a thief on the cross, before and without ever surrendering to the cross of Jesus Christ! To follow Jesus, we must deny our claims to be saved, and our self-justifying attitude, with repentance and baptism for remission of sins.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.