For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)And the gospel’s.—In St. Matthew we find simply “for Me.” The addition is significant, as showing that though our Lord demanded in the first instance entire personal devotion, it was for Himself as identified with the cause of the good news from God of which He had borne witness, and of which He was to be the martyr (John 18:37).
For the exposition, see on Mt 16:13-28.
See Poole on "Matthew 10:39". Mark adds those words,
and the gospel’s, thereby teaching us that a suffering for the sake of the gospel, with therefore owning the propositions of it, or living up to the precepts, is by Christ accounted a suffering for Christ’s sake. quchn here must signify life, ( as it is translated), for a man cannot lose his soul for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s. The meaning is, He that will deny and abandon me and my gospel, out of a desire to save his temporal life, shall lose it, or at least shall lose his soul’s portion in a better life. But he that is willing to lose his life, or will run the hazard of it, for my sake, for his owning and professing me, and the faith of my gospel, or living up to the rules, shall either save it in specie, by the special workings of my providence for him, delivering him out of his persecutors’ hands, or shall be recompensed with an eternal life, of much more value.
shall lose it: he shall not enjoy it with honour and comfort now, and much less with peace, pleasure, and happiness hereafter, but shall be under the power of the second death:
but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospel's; that is, shall willingly part with it when he is called to it, rather than deny Christ and his Gospel,
the same shall save it: though he will lose it now, he will find it again in the resurrection of life; for he will rise to eternal life; when such, who have apostatized from Christ, will rise to shame, and everlasting contempt: this man will have greatly the advantage over such; they will die the second death, or be destroyed soul and body in hell; and he will live for ever with Christ, in endless pleasure and glory; See Gill on Matthew 16:25.For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Mark 8:35. τοῦ εὐαγγελίου: for my sake and the Gospel’s, an addition of Mk.’s, possibly a gloss.—σώσει, instead of the more enigmatical εὑρήσει of Mt.35. shall lose it] This solemn saying our Lord is found to have uttered on no less than four several occasions: (a) here, which corresponds with Matthew 16:25, Luke 9:24; (b) Matthew 10:39; (c) Luke 17:33; (d) John 12:25.Mark 8:35. Καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, and of the Gospel) So, and of My words, Mark 8:38. [Especially those concerning the cross.—V. g.]Verse 35. - Because the cross is sharp and afflicting, our Lord animates his followers to bear it by the thought of its great and everlasting rewards. The meaning of the verse is this: he who by trying to shun the cross and to escape self-denial would save his life here, will lose it hereafter. But he who loses his life here for the sake of Christ, either by dying in his cause or by denying and mortifying his lusts out of love for him, he in the life to come shall find his life in the bosom of Christ and in eternal joy.
Peculiar to Mark.
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