The Value of a Soul

Introduction

A soul is worth all the world’s wealth. Therefore, reaching a soul with the good news of God’s love is a more important accomplishment than being rich and succsseful. This is another motivation for sharing the good news is the value of a soul.

Scripture Reading

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
(Psa 49:7-8)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mat 16:24-26)

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
(1Pe 1:18-19)

Everyone is Too Poor

The psalmist said that no one is rich enough to redeem his brother’s soul. Bill Gates can’t afford to purchase the salvation of his soul. It costs much more than that. We’ll see what it costs in a minute.

What’s It Worth to You?

Jesus asked a queston everyone needs to consider: “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” What would it be worth to you to escape the eternal torments of Hell? Would you sign over the title to your car, or the deed to your house? Would you empty your bank account to avoid Hell and gain Heaven? Truth is, every one of us would give all we have to save our souls the moment the reality of it hit us. But it’s too late then. The soul of each person you meet is equally valuable. It’s not only precious to them, but to God, too.

The Value God Places on a Soul

What is your soul worth to God? You can figure out the answer to that question by considering what He was willing to pay to buy it back. Peter said that we were redeemed, or purchased, with the blood of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Christ left the glories of Heaven, the worship of angels, and the Father’s fellowship to come to Earth and give His life for you. That’s what your soul was worth to Him.

What About You?

  • Have you trusted in the shed blood of Christ for the redemption of your soul?
  • Do you value the souls of the lost people around you enough to share the gospel with them?

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