Matthew 16:25

25 For whoever wants to save their lifeawill lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Read Matthew 16:25 Using Other Translations

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

What does Matthew 16:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 16:25

For whosoever will save his life
Whoever is desirous of preserving himself from troubles, reproaches, persecutions, and death; and takes such a method to do it, as by forsaking Christ, denying his Gospel, and dropping his profession of it; and by so doing, curries favour with men, in order to procure to himself worldly emoluments, honour, peace, pleasure, and life,

shall lose it;
he will expose himself to the wrath of God, to everlasting punishment, the destruction of soul and body in hell, which is the second death, and will be his portion:

and whosoever will lose his life for my sake:
that is, is willing to forego all the pleasures and comforts of life, and be subject to poverty and distress, and to lay down life itself, for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, rather than deny him, and part with truth,

shall find it;
in the other world, to great advantage; he shall enjoy an immortal and eternal life, free from all uneasiness and affliction, and full of endless joys and pleasures.

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