Friday, May 21, 2010

The Wages of Sin is Death


“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)

In this statement we have the gloomy sentence of every human life. Due to the fall in Genesis 3 every person is appointed to die. “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23) therefore all must die. Physical death is a result of the fall. Through Adam’s disobedience to God we are all condemned as sinners and “the wages of sin is death.”

Wages speaks of a payment for our sin. This is what we have earned as sinners. Wages indicates that we are deserving of death. If someone is employed by a company and works the required hours they earn a paycheck. Likewise we as God’s creatures have earned the just penalty of physical death for committing sin against him. As someone employed by a company I am not the one who tells them what to do but rather they set the standard and I uphold to their standard they have set. In the garden the standard was set yet Adam fell into sin by going against God’s command. This is not just Adam but all of us who have held up our fist to our Creator and told him we will not obey. All of us have gone our own way. Our payment for going our own way is death. “The wages of sin is death.”

A bigger aspect in the garden is the fact that through sin we have been separated from God. God, being holy, cannot look upon sin therefore he cannot look upon sinners like you and me. This is more tragic than physical death because without God’s grace all of us are born and destined for an eternity in hell. “The wages of sin is death” and the death results in both physical death and spiritual death which is the separation from God. But God in his great kindness sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay that penalty for sin on our behalf. The God-man, Jesus Christ, is the only One who could pay that penalty for us. How? Remember “the wages of sin is death” so Christ paid the penalty for sin by his death upon the cross. Not only are we reminded of our physical and spiritual death from the fall but we are also reminded of Christ’s death upon the cross for our sins. “The wages of sin is death.”

Christ, the sinless Son of God, was made sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). The tail end of this verse says, “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” O how important it is to affirm the empty tomb. Through his death sin has been paid for but because of the empty tomb we can have eternal life with our risen Savior. The gospel tells us we have offended holy God but that God sent the payment for sin through his Son, Jesus Christ. He paid the price we could not pay through the cross and also gave us new life through his resurrection. Earlier in the chapter Paul says, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). New and eternal life is found only in Christ where we are able to die to sin.

For those who will not put their faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior your future is nothing but death. It will be a death of utter separation from God and his grace. Your wages for your sin will be paid for on your own merit which is no merit at all. The result: Death. But for those who trust in Christ with a humble and broken heart then the payment for death has been made by Christ. The reward is a free gift from God which is eternal life with him. What a great God to send his Son to pay the price on our behalf. “The wages of sin is death” but whose death will pay the wage? Christ's or yours?

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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