But the man who sets his affections on Christ and things above--such a man saves his soul and secures his interests for eternity. Jesus presents the choice between clinging to our former lives or letting go and entrusting our new lives to His care. They didn’t worry themselves about saving life, and they did “find it.” They found it even here--here, as Christ had said, a hundred-fold, even with their persecutions. ), The highest life, by thinking of something else than your life at all, of something else than yourself, than either of your own body or your own soul. Thus it is that the man prepares his own doom, and is himself the creator of his own misery. Luke 9:23-25. It has been considered as a piece of unpractical sentiment; it has been hailed as the very inmost law of all life. And then it was discovered how faithful and how true a man he was. So with all the real excelling power in life. What is virtue but sharp conflict all the way along, and in death alone the victory? This is the time of preparation. He points out that all the riches of the world mean nothing without a spiritual life—a life that will not be held captive by the grave. To lose is to find; to die is to live. "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. They make it an end. "Commentary on Luke 9:24". Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. "Commentary on Luke 9:24". As pleasures are trampled on in the chase after gain, and gold has no glitter for a proudly aspiring eye, so is it no more than just and fair that he who would shine as a star in heaven, should be willing to have his light eclipsed and quenched on earth. And it is just here where the test becomes so keen and crucial--the life--the entire life. He that loves God with all his heart, and serves Him with all his powers, working here, with a self-forgetting devotion, in the world where God has planted him; willing to forego pleasure, gain, renown, and everything for Christ, shall find that everything comes back to him--if not in its material fulness, yet in its essential strength and spirit. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, For whosoever would save his life shall lose it, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Read verse in New International Version I. In those terrible days of persecution, when the Christian might any hour be taken before some magistrate, and have it put to him to say a word or two cursing and denying Christ, or else to be thrown to the wild beasts in the amphitheatre, or put to any cruel torture that happened to have come in fashion-they believed their Master’s words. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. II. Is not the first principle in doing anything this--to keep the thing steadily before you and aim right at it? Why, you see the truth of it every day even in such a common thing as the operations of mind and memory. The best way to win renown is not to work for it, not to think of it, but to work for something higher; to work for God and work for man, forgetting self, and, by and by, it will be found that both God and man are helping us. It is part of nature; but it is not the whole of nature, and it is not the highest nature. For the one who shunned this dying daily to self and such a possibility of martyrdom, and thereby sought to save His life for himself, would unquestionably finally lose it. Then, with a shriek which made every nerve thrill with excitement, the imprisoned wind leapt forth; the water of the lagoon, beaten flat, was torn away to the depth of half an inch; and, as the cloud of spray and wind smote the island, it trembled over it like a ship struck by a great wave. "Commentary on Luke 9:24". W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. Usually when anything is lost, it is either by carelessness, indifference, or bad management, but always against the will of the loser. We reached a small island and landed. It was their custom to cut the fuse with a sharp knife. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Luke 9:18-24 EXEGESIS: LUKE 9. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 1. (Stopford A. Brooke, M. Bible > Commentaries > Luke 9:24 Luke 9:24 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. God, and what follows? 1. Rev., would save. Salem Media Group. The key to distinguish them from each other is given in the text. This is not only true with regard to coming to the best for one’s soul, it is true of coming to the best even in the commonest faculties and qualities of life. BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. It was said by some that John had risen from the dead: The last time Luke wrote of John the Baptist, he was in prison and wondered if Jesus really was the Messiah (Luke 7:18-23). He certainly had it the night before and put it some-where--but where he could not remember. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 9:24". (W. H. H. Aitken, M. to. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? You shall “lose it”; and lose it by your own irrational self-love. It was a choice with which those who thought to follow Christ would then constantly be faced, and in some places still are. Luke 9:24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 1914. (R. D. Hitchcock, D. D.), Self-seeking involves a cross equally with self-abnegation, Does the cross terrify you by its dark shadow? For the moment you touch this--not self-preservation, but self-renunciation--you feel that there is something in such life of quite other sort than that gross matter by which it can be crushed or burned or drowned; something against which those brute substances and forces are as powerless as a sledge-hammer against steam.