"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his (life-psuche in Greek) for My sake will find it, Matthew 10:38-39 New American Standard Bible
Also, please look up Matthew 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, and John 12:25 to “get” the Idea of what is being Said to us.
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Just PLEASE NOTICE the difference in the two words translated life in John 12:25. The one that we are to lose is translated from the Greek word psuche, Strong’s # 5590. The one that we are to “find” is translated from the Greek word Zoe, Strong’s # 2222.
In John 10:10 Jesus Said he came to give us life more abundantly. The word life is Zoe, Strong’s word # 2222.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto (life-#2222 = Zoe), and few there be that find it, (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV).
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God, (1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV).
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Now with the impact of the law and his inability to obey it through the apparent power of indwelling sin, he saw the great lie of the independent self, and that he was only able to respond to the drives of the false deity in him and the lusts, and it was the impact of the law with its demands that awakened him to this delusion. But now he also saw the great deceit of sin on him, because in Christ the sin-indweller had been replaced by the Holy Spirit indweller, which had been revealed to him in Arabia. So now suddenly he saw his freedom. All he had to do was to recognize and affirm as fact in himself that "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death," and now the Spirit already in him since his new birth inwardly confirmed that to him.
The sufferings of this present life give us our great constant opportunities for the conquests of faith in every kind of adverse conditions. In the walk and warfare of faith we are experiencing new ways of proving the goodness of God in all kinds of deliverances, though sometimes the highest is that martyrdom and extremity of suffering in the faith of the resurrection, as is says in Hebrews 11:35-38, "of whom the world was not worthy": and in all these the watching hungry world is seeing the inner victories outwardly demonstrated in peace, joy, hope, faith, and love for our enemies, by which Christ is manifested in our bodies "whether by life or by death," and countless others have been inspired to follow the same way.
Some thoughts for you to consider. The Law as presented here represents the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the pairs of opposites, blessings and cursings of Deuteronomy chapter 28.
Jesus Christ represents the Tree of Life, which is unity, oneness. God All in all in our lives: Now.
The blessing of the Lord--it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it], (Proverbs 10:22 AMPLIFIED Bible).
Marion D. Williams