“What can a person give in exchange for his life?”
Mark 8.37 NET
Jesus reminds us that nothing in this world can compare to, or compensate, for eternity.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
Psalm 62.5 NLT
The Hebrew word for “soul” denotes the whole person. NLT reflects this in the translation above. “In times of stress it may be necessary to command ourselves to do what we know to be true” (J.A. Motyer, 21NBC, 524).
Is there some part of your soul that has not yet learned to wait quietly in God?
Jesus asked: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NKJV) Many have exchanged their souls for friendship with the world. Abraham “’believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23 NKJV). “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4 NKJV). What have you done to be a friend of the world, being: “unholy and profane, murderers of fathers and mothers, manslayers, fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9-11 NKJV)? Swap those sins for The Savior today!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Paul exhorted the Philippian Christians to diligence and seriousness in the Christian life. His teachings to these brethren provide us with some soul searching question. He wrote,
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:12-17)
Ask yourself these questions and give an honest answer.
Are you being obedient to God in life?
Christians must be diligent and serious in their Christian obedience. Paul wrote, Continue reading
Thanks for tuning in readers, and welcome to another episode of “What Requires Immediate Attention?”
Here’s how we play: you will be given two scenarios and will choose the one that requires immediate, correct action. Right choices can lead to eternal bliss, while wrong ones may provide some earthly relief, but promise little eternal happiness.
Okay. Here we go…
Our first two scenarios are (choose only one): balance the bank account or obey the gospel? DING! Time’s up! What was your answer? If you chose balancing the old bank balance, you probably will avoid overdrafts, but your action probably won’t save your soul.
Of course, what requires immediate attention is to obey the gospel. Matthew 6:33 is instructive here. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” All the things Jesus mentions are those things we need to live in this world. There’s always plenty of time to balance the bank account, but there may not be all the time in the world to obey the gospel, right? None of us are guaranteed existence in this world tomorrow. Best obey the gospel NOW!
All right. Hope your answer was the right one! Your soul depended on it!
The toughest question I was ever asked, was by an elder in the church before I became a Christian. He asked me, “Have you thought about your soul?”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/10/05/have-you-thought-about-your-soul/
I was 15 years old at the time, and I had never been asked that question. For some time, my grandmother had been urging me to obey the gospel. After pondering this question in light of Scripture, I came to the conclusion that my soul was indeed in great jeopardy of being eternally lost.
I quickly decided that my soul was far more important than anything else I could imagine. There was no rational reason whatsoever to delay my obeying the Lord in baptism any longer, and thus I was baptized on January 1, 1960.
I’ve never regretted the decision.
Due to the fact that we live in Tanzania, we are at greater risk for crime. Our rental house has bars on all windows, metal security doors in addition to the wood doors. We have an electric fence on top of the tall concrete fence around the property, with a tall metal gate that is padlocked at night. We also have two German shepherds. Those extra measures of security are nice to have and the dogs and electric fence are particular deterrents, but our fail-proof security measure is being in Christ. Even if someone were to destroy our bodies, they cannot touch our souls. I think sometimes we get things turned around and put a great amount of emphasis on guarding our physical possessions, but we let our guard down when it comes to our souls.
What song is in my heart today? There Is A Balm In Gilead (based on Jeremiah 8:18-22). Why? Like everyone else, I get discouraged from time to time, but when I go to the Lord in prayer, my soul is once again revived and refreshed, realizing that the Lord will give me the strength to “keep on keeping on” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.
Ideas to revive a church? Well, Revelation 2:5 and Revelation 3:2-3 lists some specifics on revival. Members have to be motivated from within, to realize the urgency of taking the gospel of Christ to the lost. If they are not motivated from within themselves, no outside motivation will do much good.
The bottom line is: We have to internalize the fact that people are lost in sin, then get up off our duffs and go to work to remedy the problem. We have to be concerned for the souls of men: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/02/03/being-concerned-for-precious-souls/
We have to love other people as we do ourselves (Matthew 22:39).
Am I square or round? Whenever I look in the mirror, it’s pretty clear I’m round. But when I look into the mirror of the soul, I think I’m round in places for some of the same reasons why Laura says she’s round, and I’m square for some of the same reasons Mike discussed. That doesn’t mean I’m conflicted, does it?
What Weylan wrote is good enough to steal: “The spiritual man is one with his mind engaged in matters of the soul.”
Being “spiritual” means having a mind focused on spiritual things. Instead of concentrating on job, money, position or power, the spiritual mind focuses on things that are important to God.
Since God is spirit (John 4:24) his mind is focused on spiritual things, not material ones. God is keenly interested in his children, but if we think that he is going to manifest his love toward us by making us rich, then we’re thinking of him as a material father, not a spiritual one.
Focusing on spiritual things means thinking on God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and what they consider important. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God,” (Colossians 3:1-3).
Heart disease is the leading cause of the death of adults in the United States.
According to statistics compiled by the American Heart Association, the disease kills more than 425,000 people in the U.S. annually and there are more than 1.25 million new cases of the disease diagnosed each year.
There is a heart disease that is deadlier, and its effects are longer lasting. That disease is the hardening of the heart or soul. It’s a disease that can be eternally deadly, and the afflicted may not know they’ve a problem.
It only took the writer of Hebrews three chapters before he broadcasts a specific warning: watch out for your heart!”
“Harden not your hearts,” the writer says in Hebrews 3:8. In verse 12, he says, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” He repeats the warning in verse 8 in verse 15 and says in verse 19, “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
The people this writer addresses may not have even known they were about to descend into a fatal heart disease, but they were. The hardened heart and the evil heart of unbelief are the same thing. Here’s what it does.
The evil heart of unbelief tells a person, “It doesn’t matter which church you belong to.” It matters quite a bit to God, because his son only shed his blood for one church, not for a smattering of denominations (Ephesians 4:4-6). But, people believe men and not God and are stricken with an evil heart of unbelief.
The evil heart of unbelief tells a person, “Baptism is only a sign of conversion. A person is saved well before baptism.” The Spirit of truth doesn’t agree. In 1 Peter 3:21, the apostle wrote, “The like figure whereunto baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” But, people believe men and not God and are stricken with an evil heart of unbelief.
The evil heart of unbelief tells a person, “You don’t have to do anything after you’ve been baptized. You can’t be lost.” This very passage in Hebrews refutes that idea. It tells these brethren that if it was impossible for the Israelites to enter Canaan because of their unbelief and disobedience, it is likewise impossible for them to enter into God’s rest of heaven for the same reason.
Watch out for your soul’s heart. A hardened heart of unbelief can be deadly.
Once your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size
Blaise Pascal (Mathematician,physicist,philosopher)
David Stevens writes about The Soul of Man on BiblicalInsights.net. Here’s a portion:
The soul of man originates with God. God is the Father of spirits. “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Heb. 12:9). God gives each person a spirit or soul at the time of conception. When we die, the body and soul are separated. “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Eccl. 12:7). Whenever Rachel died, the Bible states, “And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin” (Gen. 35:18). Whenever Jesus died, He stated, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). His body was placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea and His spirit went to the Hadean realm in Paradise ((Luke 23:43). James affirms, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).
Be sure to read the whole article.