Not a Rhetorical Question



“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.” (Matthew 16:26-27)

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”

This should be a rhetorical question. The obvious answer is: “Nothing. There is no profit in a transaction where you GET temporary pleasure but you LOSE eternal value.”

But this is not a rhetorical question. Every day, people are saying, “Yes, THIS is worth it! THIS is worth forfeiting my soul to hell forever!” Here are a few of the things people are saying are “worth it”:

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Corinthians 6:9-10)

“Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.” (Revelation 22:15)

Examine yourself. Are you forfeiting your soul for some sin you will not give up? Hear the warning: “The Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.” (Matthew 16:27)

Let us choose instead to obey the words Jesus spoke just before this dire warning:

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

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