Crucified with Christ
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. —Matthew 16:25
Notice that at the beginning it is said, “Whosoever will,” but afterwards, “Whoso shall lose.” If, then, we wish to be saved, let us lose our lives to the world as those who have been crucified with Christ. For our glory is in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world is to be crucified, to us and we to the world, so that we may gain the salvation of our lives. This salvation begins when we lose our lives for the sake of the Word. But if we think that the salvation of our life (or the salvation in God and joy of being with Him) is a blessed thing, then any loss of life should be a good thing. For the sake of Christ, death must precede the blessed salvation. Therefore, it seems to me that according to the analogy of self-denial, we should all lose our own lives. Let us all lose our own sinful lives, so that having lost what is sinful, we can receive that which is saved by righteousness. In no way will we profit from gaining the whole world…. But when we have the choice, it is much better to forfeit the world, and to gain our life by losing it for Christ, than to gain the world by forfeiting our life.
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