by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Questions of the Bible and of Life
What If He Gain the World and Lose His Soul? (3 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
Matthew 16:26

In what a competent judge has said is the greatest
passage in French prose, Pascal wrote:

Man is but a reed, the feeblest thing in nature. But
he is a reed that thinks. It needs not that the
universe arise to crush him. An exhalation, a drop of
water suffices to destroy him; but were the universe
to crush man, man is yet nobler than the universe, for
he knows that he dies, and the universe, even in
prevailing against him, knows not its power.

It is about that thing in man which is greater than
the universe in which man lives that we shall
consider. There are three things that I shall say on
this subject. First, that man has or is a living and
immortal soul; second, that the soul has suffered
injury and damage; and third, that Christ discovers,
redeems, and restores the soul of man.

Man Is a Living Soul

What do we mean by the soul? I shall not draw fine-
spun definitions or darken words without knowledge,
but I shall take the plain biblical thought of the
soul as man's moral, spiritual, and never-dying part.
There is no doubt that is what Christ meant when He
used the word "soul." In Mark the question of Christ
reads: "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain
the whole world, and lose his own soul?" In Matthew it
runs: "What is a man profited, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul?" But in Luke it
reads: "For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the
whole world, and lose himself?" The soul is thyself,
myself. It is that in man which loves, hopes, prays,
believes, aspires, is tempted, sins, repents, and can
be eternally saved.

Subjected to every test, the soul is the supreme thing
in man. There is the test of subtraction. That is,
take a man's soul from him and add the world to him
and what have you left? Nothing but an animal, no ...

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