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Text Sermons : J.R. Miller : August 13. An Unanswered Question

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"What is a man profited — if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26

That is putting the case in its most favorable light! The whole world is the largest possible gain. But suppose a man does gain the whole world —
it cannot keep him from trouble;
it cannot give him peace of conscience;
it cannot comfort him in sorrow;
it cannot make a soft pillow for him when he is dying;
it cannot purchase Heaven for him when he is gone!

All he can do with the world, after he has it, is to keep it for a short time until he dies! He cannot carry any part of it with him to eternity!

"How much did he leave?" asked one, referring to a millionaire who had just died. "Every cent!" was the reply. He left all. So it is easy to see that there is no profit — but rather a fearful and eternal loss, in gaining even all the world — at the price of one's soul.

Then think for how much smaller price than "the whole world" which many people sell their souls for!

Some sell their soul for a few hours' guilty pleasure!

Some sell their soul for a political office!

Some sell their soul for filthy lucre!

Some sell their soul for honor which fades in a day.

They are selling their souls also in many other ways — for pitiable trifles.

Like Esau, they are bartering their heavenly birthright — for a bowl of stew!

In a newspaper, this advertisement appeared: "Wanted! A nice cottage and grounds — in exchange for choice liquors." No doubt many people answered the advertisement. Men are continually giving home and property and peace and love — for strong drink!

What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Ah! that's the trouble. When the soul is lost — there is no way of recovering it. When we have made our choice, and lived our life, whether right or wrong — there is no possibility of changing the results! Life is given to us only once; and if we live it wrongly, there is no chance to live it over again. A lost soul cannot be gotten back; it is irretrievably lost!

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