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The Value of the Soul.

The Value of the Soul.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"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 EXCHAjS'GE FOR HIS SOUL?" Matt. 16 : 26.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"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 EXCHAjS'GE FOR HIS SOUL?" Matt. 16 : 26.

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THE VALUE OF THE SOUL.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
"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 EXCHAjS'GE FOR HIS SOUL?" Matt. 16 : 26. In all the Bible I know not a more weighty sentence than this. "Were it duly considered, what a religious world would this become. The disregard of it makes the world that scene of mischief and folly which you behold. To give these words their full force, remember whose they are. They are the words of Jesus Christ, the incarnate God, the Creator of the world. And who so able to determine that the soul is worth more than the world, as he who made them both ? He made the soul, and he made the world; yea, the price he paid for the redemption of the soul was his own precious blood. Surely then he knew the value of the soul. Regard these words, my friends, as full of truth, and truth of the greatest importance to yourselves. And Oh, that He who first spoke them to his disciples, may now speak them to our hearts by his Holy Spirit. In the text there are three things which require our atten-tion : 1. Every man has a soul of the greatest value.
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2. There is a possibility of a man's losing his soul, yea, great danger of it. 3. The whole world can make no amends for the loss of a soul. I. Every man has a soul of the greatest value. The nature of the human soul is, at present, but imper-fectly known. God has not told us so nuich about it as to gratify our curiosity, but enough to assist our faith. Erom SERMON XXVI. 265 the Scriptures alone we learn any thing satisfactory concern-ing our souls ; and there we find that the soul is a something distinct from the body; a thinking immortal substance; and capable of living separately from the body in another world. This appears from Matt. 10 : 28, where our Lord says to his disciples, " Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." In like manner, we learn from the parable of Dives and Lazarus, that the soul of
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the former was tormented in hell, while his body lay buried on earth. Jesus Christ assured the penitent thief on the cross, that he should be with him in Paradise, while, as we know, the body of Jesus was laid in the tomb. It is said of Judas, that " he went to his own place," which certainly was hell ; but his wretched carcass was on earth. St. Paul de-clared, that death would be gain to him, because, when " absent from the body," he should be " present with the Lord:" useful as he was in the church, and happy in that usefulness, he rather desired to die, to depart, " to be with Christ," which was far better. Now, this immortal soul is of immense value; and its ex-cellency may be argued from the following considerations. 1. Its origin ; it came immediately from God. Something peculiar is said of the formation of man: " God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." Gen. 1 : 26. Surely it w^as the soul of man, rather than his earthly body, that bore the divine resemblance. 2. Consider, again, the vast and noble powers of the soul. When these powers are assisted by learning, how does the philosopher survey, measure, and describe the heavenly bod-ies, or search into the hidden mysteries of nature. And in an ordinary way, how skilfully does the mechanic form vari-
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