Summary: To show that you have to choose between lower or higher life because you can only have one.
What do you like lower life or higher life?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that you have to choose between lower or higher life because you can only have one.
Matthew 10:39 (Amplified Bible)
10:39 Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for we have but one life in and with You, that is our Higher Eternal Life.
Eternal life (higher life) versus lower life
A. Author: Matthew (also called Levi)
B. Date written: 60 A.D.
C. Purpose: To show that Jesus of Nazareth was the kingly Messiah of Jewish prophecy.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Jews
E. Main Theme: Jesus is God's promised anointed Messiah, the King of the Jews.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Keywords: Fulfilled
G. Key verses:
Matthew 16:16-19 (The Message)
16:16 Simon Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
16:17 Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am.
16:18 And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
16:19 "And that's not all. You will have complete and free access to God's kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven."
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Finding the lower life here on earth will lose the eternal life (higher life)
"Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life],"
Findeth or "heurisko" in Greek meaning: find, get, obtain, perceive, see.
Lose or "apollumi" in Greek meaning: to destroy fully, destroy, die, lose, perish
Matthew 16:25-26 (Amplified Bible)
16:25 For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
Eternal life is relationship with GOD thru JESUS CHRIST, a relationship with the LORD JESUS CHRIST is eternal life itself.
John 17:3 (Amplified Bible)
17:3 And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.
Acts 4:12 (Amplified Bible)
4:12 And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.
Lower life and eternal life (higher life) is like a see-saw, each on them on either side. When lower life is up, the higher life is stuck or burried in the mud. We all have capacity to have eternal life, but we all also have freewill - the freedom of choice, it's up to us, who to choose? the lower life or JESUS.
I have already witnessed several people choose the lower life right before my eyes and I'm amazed at their foolishness. Nothing can be better than eternal life with JESUS, having a relationship with JESUS and Heaven on the other side of life.
Psalms 14:1 (Amplified Bible)
14:1 To the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David. THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable deeds; there is none that does good or right.
Psalms 53:1 (Amplified Bible)
53:1 To the Chief Musician; in a mournful strain. A skillful song, or didactic or reflective poem of David. THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt and evil are they, and doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.
Good news is if you find eternal life with JESUS, you have fully destroyed your earthly life here on earth. The world, it's pleasures and it's cares have no more attractiveness in your eyes. Remember the cares of this world will prevent someone who heard and accepted GOD's WORDS from being fruitful.