We Must Lose Our Life To Save It

By on March 22, 2020

We Must Lose Our Life To Save It (Mark 8:31-38)

Phillip Stuckey, March 22, 2020
Part of the Paradoxes of the Bible series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Following Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, the LORD charged them to tell no one (Mark 8:29-30). The reason for this appears to be tied to the Lord’s suffering, death, and resurrection (Mark 8:31-32). It is in the midst of the disciple's struggle with this shocking revelation that the Lord gives another paradox for us to consider – we must lose our life for His sake in order to save it (Mark 8:33-35).

Tags: Bible Study, Faith, Paradox, Sacrifice, Salvation, Spiritual Growth, Truth, Worldliness

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Mark 8:31–38 (Listen)

31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”


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