There is no gain but by a loss

There is no gain but by a loss:
You cannot save but by a cross.
The corn of wheat, to multiply,
Must fall into the ground and die.
Wherever you ripe fields behold,
Waving to God their sheaves of gold,
Be sure some corn of wheat has died,
Some soul has there been crucified;
Someone has wrestled, wept and prayed,
And fought hell’s legions undismayed.

Taken from Man Overboard! by Sinclair Ferguson

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