Jesus would have us to realize the value of the soul. To die as a lost soul is the ultimate disaster. There would be no remedy for it, nothing could replace the loss of soul.
We created as sentient beings, made in the image of God, self aware and endowed with faculties such as intelligence, memory, conscience, imagination, perception, and a capacity for love, hate, choice, desire, enjoyment, satisfaction, elation, and sorrow, among other wonderful qualities which set us apart from the rest of creation. These were given to us that we might fellowship with God.
Sin - Perverts - Gifts - God - Satisfaction
But sin perverts these wonderful gifts. We end up loving for, longing for, and even worshiping and adoring that which is less than God. We are not happy, for we cannot attain a justified satisfaction, nor joy. Our consciences tell us that something is wrong. We know we aren’t right with God, we are not what we were created to be.
But there is a cure for the lost soul. We can be reconciled to God, through Jesus Christ. Our hearts can be taught the gospel, our consciences can be stilled, through the truth that whatever we have done to separate ourselves from God, has been answered for by Jesus on the cross. God is satisfied, and sin has been answered for, once and for all.
Souls - Principle - Life - Self - Holy
Now our souls can be animated by a new principle of Life, for instead of being centered in Self, we can now live by the Holy Spirit who comes to us to save our souls. We can choose the gospel, by justifying God and renouncing ourselves, and enter into a life of Christian discipleship.
Or we can go on insisting that we are not sinners, and continue on living a life centered in Self. Not necessarily selfish in the traditionally understood sense, but...
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