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Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." At its core, sin is rebellion against God. Our sin separates us from God, the creato...
ROMANS 6:23, "THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH..." Sin is wrong things done that are harmful to self and to another person, and as expected in all wrong doings an adequate punishment is due, but God's way is different from man. That is why he makes sure that all aspects of sin and sinfulness are clearly identified as not proper for a Christian to participate in, which is emphasized in the commandments (Exodus 20:1-17, and Deuteronomy 5:4-21). God's promises to the faithful is eternal life in his kingdom, and of course a sinner is considered as not a child, and therefore cannot be allowed into the kingdom of the Lord. Hence, a sinner will be left in the eternal hell, which is death everlasing.
The primary meaning of the text would be that the phrase "the wages of sin is death" is referring to spiritual death which would be eternal separation from God. The wages of sin means that the consequences of sin is death. Here sin does not warrant death penalty. Rather, I would say the consequences of sin is death. Due to the Adamic sin, there was a separation between man and God. Man alienated from God. In Old Testament period, there was a temporary relief for the sin by sprinkling blood of the animal.(Num.18:17). But in the New Testament, God restored the sonship / relationship permanently by the sacrificial death of Christ and brought salvation to the whole mankind (Jn.3:16). In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace(Eph.1:7). God's holiness required payment (atonement) for sin which was eternal death. The spiritual death is not sufficient to cover the payment of sin. A perfect spotless sacrifice offered in just the right way can pay our sin. This was accomplished by the finished work on the cross by Christ. Salvation is nothing but God's way of providing his people deliverance from the consequences of sin (spiritual death/ eternal death) through repentance and faith in Christ.
The Wages of sin is death, indicates someone has been paid something for their work or actions. Let us go a little further and see the contrast, the Gift of God is eternal life. Where did this begin? All the back to the beginning, Genesis 3:1-7, Adam and Eve earned a death sentence because of their actions. They did not immediately fall down dead physically, so the meaning was there was a Spiritual death sentence they appropriated upon themselves. What work did these wages or pay result from?  they Doubted Gods Word, vs.1-3  they Disobeyed Gods command vs.4-5  they Desired to be like God vs.6. Thus their sin has transmitted to all, through our sin nature, bringing the same spiritual death or separation from God. Physical death is the result of spiritual death. This is the Ruin. But, Glory to God there is a Remedy, Gods Gift, eternal life, spiritual and physical, through what Jesus Christ purchased with His Death, Burial, and Resurrection. Jesus's Work on our behalf earned us Eternal Life as a gift if we accept it. Our efforts or work only brings death, because it could never be enough to please or satisfy God's requirement, it's short of His mark Romans 3:23. So, let us stop working for Salvation and trust or have faith in what Jesus has done for us.
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