HOW A DEAD SOUL COMES TO LIFE— The Cost of Becoming Jesus’ Follower (Mt.16:24-28)
The things we value most in life demonstrate where our treasure truly is. In fact what we are willing to live for is a good indication for what we are willing to die. These dispositions come from the ocean of our beliefs which are ingrained into our soul. But if what we are banking our lives on is not grounded in the eternal truth revealed here in Sacred Scripture, eventually we will realize that we wasted our lives and will be justly eternally condemned (Rom.1).
How does a dead soul come to life, is there even such a thing as a “soul”? According to naturalism, we are only a bunch of molecules accidently put together from some miracle of macro-evolution. Thus the idea that there’s anything immaterial about us is irrational superstition. One of the biggest problems with that position is that it fails to meet its own criterion, because that very idea is immaterial, not physical. Can you weigh your thoughts? Can you still know you are having them? Can anyone know them and be aware of them like you? No! Why? Because that type of activity is something called 1st person introspective knowledge and that knowledge, is also not physical.
In fact the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:18: “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Paul here among other things is stating the fact that the eternal immaterial world which naturalism denies is primary and everlasting, without end; whereas in comparison, the material world is temporal and thus passing away.
Jesus in our text is going to address the soul in such a way that he will attach supreme importance to it over against any temporal possessions. This doesn’t mean that physical goods/things are bad in and of themselves, but rather that their value when compared to an image Bearers soul is incomparable.