Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Losing your life. Part 2.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The key to beginning to understand what Christ means here by losing your life is the reason He gives - for My sake.
Losing our lives is not for the Lord’s benefit since He is glorified by the Father.
Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’;
"And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.
“heneken emou” = for my sake, because of me, for the reason of me.
"The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
When we successfully fulfill the plan of God for our lives by living the life that the Father decreed for us in eternity past then we bring glory to the Father, the author of the plan.
"By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
Losing our lives means that we will find our true lives which also means that we will receive our escrow blessings which bring maximum glory to the name of Jesus Christ.
The word “name” means the title, the celebrityship, and the uniqueness of Christ.
“may be glorified” is the aorist passive subjunctive of endoxasthe which means to be invested with glory. He is invested with glory with or without us. The subjunctive is that with us we may glorify His name.
When we walk in a manner worthy of our calling, fulfilling the spiritual life and capitalize on the power of God through faith we will be participate in the glory of the uniqueness of Christ.
Finding our life is fulfilling the unique plan for the church that was first fulfilled by the humanity of Christ. This glorifies His uniqueness - His way of life.
The person of Christ is glorified by the Father. The way of life of Christ is glorified by the believer who lives the same way of life.
Matt 10:39 "He who has found his life [psuche - soul] shall lose it, and he who has lost his life [psuche - soul] for My sake [because of Me] shall find it.
Christ is not asking you to lose a lifestyle, rather He’s asking you to lose your soul.
He’s not asking you to throw your soul away; rather He is asking you to lose something about the soul so that you might discover the real soul or the real you.
A believer has to be transformed into the image of Christ, the new life, in order to find the real him - the way that God initially designed and desired him to be.
The lost and found principle here is not you exchanging your soul for another, but it is changing what your soul values most. Phil 3:7.
It’s not about changing a lifestyle [that will follow] but a change in what your soul values.
To change what your soul values you have to be humble enough to know that repetition is necessary to safeguard your soul from the false doctrine that will lead you back to the old values.
False doctrine and legalism will destroy your discovery of the real fulfilled you that God desired and designed for you in EP.