Tra'ntcribed from actual tape of sermon May 13, 1979 PM
WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN?
"What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul?" Let me
begin with that word soul. When you see the word - soul - in the Bible, it does not
mean there is a dichotomy between the body and the soul and the mind and the spirit.
The word soul refers really - to life - the whole life - entity - of that personality.
So remember, it is not the idea that the body dies - Easter Sunday morning - and the
soul goes to Heaven - it is the idea that this tabernacle, this house dies - and
then the resurrected body - with our total personalities - our spiritual personalities
go in some sort of physical evidence to live in another dimension, forever with the
Lord, until we come back or caught up and we finally set up His Kingdom right here
on this earth.
What does it profit a man? This is an old text, but it has a brand new word that we
like to hear. I have never seen anybody who didn't perk up when you said, "that'll make
a profit." But what we have here is two different kinds of profit. One, is the kind
of profit we are most familiar with. The other is the kind of profit that speaks of
eternity - a kind of security - a kind of blessing that will last forever and forever.
Now I think we need to begin by observing that Jesus Christ did not ever take into His
Kingdom's ministry - cheap, economical disciples. A young man came to Him and said, "Where-
ever you lead - whevever you want to go - I'll go with you." And Jesus said, "I'll tell
you something - foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man doesn't even
have a place to lay his head."
And you know the story - He counted the cost. He did not come after the Lord. So Jesus
never likes t ...
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