Luke 9:25

25 What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?

Luke 9:25 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 9:25

For what is a man advantaged if he gain the whole world,
&c.] Or what profit will it be unto him? all the honours, riches, and enjoyments of it will be of no use and service to him if he himself is lost:

and lose himself;
or his own soul; for he that loses his soul, which is his better and immortal part, loses himself:

or be cast away:
finally, and eternally, or "suffer loss" of eternal happiness and glory; that is, perishes, and is destroyed with an everlasting destruction; (See Gill on Matthew 16:26).

Luke 9:25 In-Context

23 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat - I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how.
24 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.
25 What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?
26 If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I'm leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn't, you realize, pie in the sky by and by.
27 Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God."
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