MARK 8:36 [1]


Mark 8:36-38 for what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.


I would like to look tonight at these verses in two different ways, or with two different people in mind. The saved and the lost!!! We usually take this as to the lost but could it also be to the saved?

1.         Saved and how not to be this way.

2.         What will happen to us if we are

3.         Lost and what will happen to them


I.        Can we, the saved, desire this world over the things of God?

A.     Often times we look at this verse as speaking about just the world.

B.     Can it be talking about our own little world

C.     Could a saved person not want to give up what they have to follow Christ?

D.    Psalms 1:1 - Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

1.      This verse says "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly"

2.      It is possible for a saved person to walk in the counsel of the ungodly and stand in the way of sinners and to sit in the seat of the scornful

3.      It is possible for a saved person to get caught up in the things of this world and turn from the things of God

4.      Look at Lot he is an example of this

5.      Jonah is another example of a saved person desiring the things of this world than the things of God

6.      Notice the way that this comes on us, slowly

a.       First we will walk in the counsel, take their advise and listen to them

b.      Them we are standing in the way of sinners we are watching but not actively a part of what they are doing but we are not leaving nor are we telling them that they are wrong

c.      Finally we are sitting there with them doing the same thing that they are doing

d.      We don't just walk up and sit it is a slow accepting process

E.     To not be this way we need to do what verse one through three in Psalms says

1.      We should not walk or stand or sit in the wrong way

2.      Verse 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

a.       Our delight should not be in the things of this world

b.      Our delight should be in the law of the Lord

c.      We should read and drink on the word of the Lord day and -night

3.      Verse 3,4nd he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

a.       If we will do the first 2 verses of this chapter we will be like we should in verse 3

b.      A tree planted one put somewhere on purpose

c.      God will put us where He wants us and use us in the way that He sees fit and we will be willing to go and do whatever He desires for us

d.      We will feed off the word

e.      We will be fruitful in the right times

f.       We will not wither up we will continue to grow

g.      Whatever we do for the Lord will prosper

4.      2 Tim. 2:15 Study to show thy self approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

a.       We have to read the Bible

b.      We have to study the Bible not just read it like you would a book

II.     What will happen to us if we choose this world over the things of God?

A.     I Cor. 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he him self shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

1.      I can not imagine what it would be like to have every thing that you have worked for burned up and be standing there before God with nothing but what He gave you which is Salvation

2.      This is what will happen to us if we desire the filings of this world more than we desire to do the things of God

B.     John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1.      We will always be saved

2.      Christ only gives eternal life

3.      We will not loose that ever

III.               The lost and what will happen to them

A.     The lost can choose this world and all that it offers instead of the things that God offers

B.     You can gain this world and loose your soul and die and go to Hell.

C.     Rev. 20: 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the take of fire

D.     John 3:7 born again

E.     Acts 16:25-31 believe and you will be saved

[1] PREACHED AT FORISTELL ON WED. JAN. 31, 2001 (by Paul Reynolds)