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A Sermon on Matthew 16:26

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (ESV)

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What would you consider to be the most valuable thing you have? Many would consider their family, health, and safety as greatest value, but have you considered the great worth of your soul? In this sermon on Matthew 18:1-4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us how Jesus taught that our souls were of greater importance than all the earth. Imagine that you could own every possession on earth and ask yourself, would you be satisfied? We see it all the time on the television; the richest people are still not content with all the wealth they have. Why is that? This sermon shows us that, without Christ, the condition of our souls is lost and we cannot find satisfaction in the temporary things of this world. Everyone on this planet has a soul in one of two conditions; it is either lost or it is found. The condition of your soul determines whether or not you will spend eternity alongside God in His goodness, or under the eternal wrath of God. In conclusion of this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges the listener to answer a very important question: What is the current condition of your soul?


Additional Scripture Translations

Matthew 16:26, New American Standard Bible

26For what good will it do a person if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a person give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:26, King James Version

26For 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?


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.