“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matthew 16:26)?
It is chilling to contemplate that the human soul is a possession that can be forfeited or exchanged. And for what? The implication of Jesus is that there is no more precious commodity than the soul; that even if the entire world could be gained it would be of no value in comparison to the soul of a person. An interesting contrast to this passage is Paul’s view that the only gain to be had is in dying; that profit is realized by departing from this world to be with Christ (Philippians 1:21-22).