|Matthew 10:39 |
39 He who finds his life shall lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake shall find it.3 [To find the superior life of God, Christ must put off the body of the sins of your flesh by circumcising your heart, destroying all sin in you; which occurs by you following Jesus on the inward cross of self-denial, to thereby save your soul to live the superior Life of God in union with God. If you live after the flesh (the sinful nature), you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13.]
3 He who finds his life will lose it; he who loses his life for my sake shall find it. You cannot please God continuing to live in your sinful nature, even if you think you have been "saved." You must put to death your selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial to save the life of your soul and gain the life of God. If you choose to continue to live your life as you please, you will lose your one chance to save your soul and obtain the eternal life of God. If you crucify your lusts and affections on the cross of Christ, in obedience to his listened-to teachings, you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, with eternal peace and joy, while on earth and then forever.
You lose your life at the conclusion of your crucifixion of self, with many many acts of commanded repentance, several trials with suffering, and then the baptism of fire, which is the baptism of death. From the Word of the Lord within: "God treads down and throws away all that is unholy; there is a dying. One actually dies to enter the camp. You are raised to a new life, not just an imitation; He is one with us and ever-present. These are not paths of glory traveled lightly."
For detail on this baptism of fire and death, see the footnote to Matthew 3:11-12 on this site.