In this most central passage on discipleship, Jesus says, “If anyone resolves to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever resolves to save his life will lose (ἀπολέσει) it; but whoever loses (ἀπολέσῃ) his life for my sake will find it (vv 24-25).” In the list of the Bible’s most solemn verses, this passage surely is near the top.
So we come to v 26. “For what advantage will there be for a person if he gains the whole world yet forfeits (ζημιωθῇ) his life? Or what will a person give in exchange for his life?” I am told... Read the rest of the blog post