Matthew 16:24-26

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him 1deny himself and 2take up his cross and follow me.
25 For 3whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26 For 4what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or 5what shall a man give in return for his soul?

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Matthew 16:24-26 In-Context

22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you."
23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

Cross References 5

  • 1. [2 Timothy 2:12, 13]
  • 2. See Matthew 10:38, 39
  • 3. [See ver. 24 above]
  • 4. [Luke 12:20]
  • 5. [Psalms 49:7, 8]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and twice in verse 26
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