The Opposite is True
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa 5:20)
Thursdays I will be writing a series called “The Opposite is True”, how the world and its thinking is completely opposed to all we read in the Bible. We live in an increasingly mad world, one that is truly beginning to think of evil things as good and good things as evil. But we ourselves are also in danger of our thoughts being opposed to Gods thoughts, those found in his priceless words.
This series will bring out many distinctions of how we often think of things and compare them to what the Bible tells us.
Jesus claims about how man receives life is possibly one of the most glaring contrasts to how we often think life is attained. He said;
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”
The claim of Jesus is that life is found in him and with him, Jesus is the focal point of life and if we are to think the gain of life is found in ourselves we are sorely mistaken, the opposite is true. Life is lost if we think it can be gained by our efforts.
The context of the passage has Peter concerned of Jesus words that Jesus should “suffer many things…and be killed” (Matt 16:21). Peter did not see that through the death of Christ, many shall find life. Peter’s concern was temporal, but Jesus knew that the context of life is eternal.
Life is not found in this temporal state, in fact the Bible teaches that in this temporary state we are in fact “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1), we have no life abiding in one that desire to keep its sin. It is only when we are willing to lose this same life, that we find it.
That life is found in Jesus Christ, who’s death gained eternal life for all who believe.
Pr Edi Giudetti.