39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
39 Verse 39. He that findeth his life, &c.] i.e. He who, for the
sake of his temporal interest, abandons his spiritual concerns,
shall lose his soul; and he who, in order to avoid martyrdom,
abjures the pure religion of Christ, shall lose his soul, and
perhaps his life too. He that findeth his life shall lose it, was
literally fulfilled in Archbishop Cranmer. He confessed Christ
against the devil, and his eldest son, the pope. He was ordered
to be burnt; to save his life he recanted, and was,
notwithstanding, burnt. Whatever a man sacrifices to God is never
lost, for he finds it again in God.
There is a fine piece on this subject in Juvenal, Sat. viii. l.
80, which deserves to be recorded here.