The Soul’s Marketplace …Mark 8 pt 3

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.(Mark 8:34-38)

We have been looking at Jesus’ teaching on the soul, in Mark 8. I recommend you stop and read the passage again to yourself out loud, and allow the timeless words of the Son of God to speak to you afresh.

Jesus speaks of our souls in  commercial terms, for the soul is of value, though all too often its value is vastly unappreciated. Jesus also speaks of it as being exchanged for either profit or loss. Obviously m persons life consists of countless spiritual transactions that are of eternal consequence. How many of us so much as consider it?

We need to prayerfully consider the admonition of Jesus, that we not lose our soul, by selling it. What is Jesus actually warning us of ? How does one “lose His soul”? What currency is exchanged for the soul? Perhaps of greatest consequence,how does one profit, spiritually?

Perhaps a good place to start is the words of King Solomon, in the Proverbs, of which Jesus would have been very familiar with,

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.(Proverbs 23:23)

By use of the term “the truth”, we refer to its biblical meaning, rather than the general concept of truth. “The truth” is the only valid revelation of the Spiritual and Eternal reality. It is what God has shown us through Apostles and Prophets and most fully through the incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus.

“The Truth” has to do with who God really is, it is the Revelation of the only True God, and Jesus whom He has sent. The Truth also concerns who man is, as well as what has happened to man since the fall, his current state, and how he can be redeemed back to God. Finally the Truth is about Christ Jesus, the God-man, and how and why he redeemed us by his own blood.It is also the revelation of the only way of salvation.

Truth is the currency of the soul. The soul is sanctified unto God himself, by the truth (John 17:17), the truth sets us free from sin and bondage,(John 8:31-32). We are to love the truth, pay any price for it, obey it, and allow it to work in our hearts. Christians are to be faithful witnesses to the truth.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:(1 Peter 1:22)

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.(John 17:17)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(John 8:31-32)

People are saved by humbling themselves to “the truth”. Though God gives it freely, it is costly; to our own pride, and to our standing with our loved ones, and in some cases, acceptance of the truth costs people their earthly lives.

For a current example of this , consider that when Muslims accept the truth as revealed in Jesus, they are often immediately persecuted by those closest to them. Muslims have been killed by family members for converting to Jesus. They ‘buy the truth’, and refuse to ‘sell it’, that is relinquish it, no matter what the inducement.

The stark choice between persecution unto death for accepting Jesus, or purchasing the favor of unbelieving loved ones by denying the gospel, is clear-cut and obvious. But for most of us here in the west, ‘the truth’, and our very souls are bought and sold on a much subtler level. So many transactions occur daily; not in huge do or die situations , but in countless trivial exchanges, that most of us are  oblivious to the degree with which we may have ‘sold the truth’, or ‘exchanged our soul’ in the marketplace.

I will attempt to describe some of these spiritual transactions, by which even christians are regularly tempted to ‘sell the truth’ without even realizing it. Jesus reveals the essence of each one, which always in some form consists of the attempt to ‘save our lives’, or the willingness to ‘lose our lives’, for his sake and for the gospel.

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6 Responses to The Soul’s Marketplace …Mark 8 pt 3

  1. Stan says:

    Brother Alex ministered on this very same topic last Sunday,the value of our souls.I look forward to those spiritual transactions next blog.We do know what the salvation of our souls cost,but we so quickly forget the value of the cost. Thank you brother and God bless

  2. CSmith says:

    We live in the marketplace of a world where “every” transaction is in some way contrived as an exchange for our soul.

    Yet, a day is coming when “the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves,

    and souls of men!”

  3. I’ve been studying the subject of slavery in the Old Testament, and one thing I’ve noted in my study is that Jewish law allows for the PURCHASE of slaves, but it never mentions that the Hebrews can SELL a slave. A Jew may sell HIMSELF into slavery, but the law doesn’t allow for any Jew to sell any slave–not even those from the surrounding nations. They can let them go, but there are no laws governing the sale of slaves to others.

    The more I study this, the more I am convinced that the Old Testament slave laws reflect the Gospel. Jews were allowed to purchase (redeem) slaves and take them into their family as active members. This was a form of protection for the slave. They no longer had to go on the market after that. They were safe even unto the next generation. Often slaves were assimilated into the family and became part of the Hebrew nation, even joining in the religious feasts.

    This reflects the work of Christ. He redeems us from the slavery of sin. The purchase price was his own blood! We are then adopted and grafted into the Jewish nation after which we are sons who can call the Father “Abba!” The slaves the Hebrews took in were also allowed to participate in the Passover feast. (Ruth is an example of a woman who was grafted into the Hebrew nation. She was a Moabite, but she received the Hebrew God and is even found in the ancestral lineage of Jesus.)

    When Joseph’s brothers sold their brother into slavery, it was particularly horrendous. Just as when the Pharisees paid money to Judas to betray Jesus. This may be why Timothy mentions slave traders as wicked persons who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Tim. 1:10) It was probably a well-known and given practice that Jews were not allowed to sell slaves!

    I’ve become fascinated by the beauty of the Old Testament law. Jesus truly fulfilled the “law and the prophets.” I mention this subject of slavery because I think it fits in with the subject of “souls on the marketplace.”

    Thank you, Pastor Bill, for feeding us with the meat of the Word. ❤

  4. standingfirm says:

    Pastor Bill, I will be very anxious to read part 4! I am wondering if a “exchange” might have something to do with being a “coward” ? (the Lord mentions cowards in revelation). Or being bold to speak the truth no matter what the cost? This scripture comes to my mind. Have I therefore become your enemy because I speak the truth? Galatians 4:16.

  5. Dmarie says:

    Selling our souls through little decisions, every day, sometimes very subtle – that is so TRUE!!!

    Whenever something ‘else’ in ‘our lives’ takes priority over choosing to obey the Truth…
    that is when we are putting ourselves in danger.

    Things are so much more ‘black and white’ than we care to see with our hearts… after all, they are deceitful and will continually try to convince us to follow ‘self’ and our own wicked flesh.

    The struggle I am having personally right now is with honoring The Sabbath…
    Some people say that we are no longer ‘under law’ – but I know the Law is Perfect, and “The 10 Commandments” were written “in stone” by the finger of God! Also, the LORD Himself demonstrated the Sabbath as He rested from all He had made at Creation! WHY are we humans (myself included) so quick to ignore that command and ‘do what we want’ as opposed to setting aside a day of REST and focus on the LORD? I find my own family being tempted to watch or participate in sporting events, work, shop, etc.

    ***I do realize that “helping others” is ALWAYS lawful, as Jesus demonstrated clearly – because that is not ‘work’ but serving and loving others… VERY sadly, most-often this is not what we (in my family) are doing!!

    Which other command would we so quickly ‘toss out’ and say we don’t need to live by that anymore? Maybe sometime you could teach on this specific point?

    I DO know that JESUS is our ULTIMATE Sabbath Rest (thank you LORD!!)… but again, when we choose not to obey what God has clearly put into place for HIS glory and OUR good, we do pay a price! (which is why I thought of this specific issue in relation to your blog about selling our souls)

    Thank you for any further insight!!!!

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