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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.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Life’s Greatest Rom. 6:23 2 Life’s greatest reality—Sin “sin”-- When witnessing, ask your neighbor what he thinks when he hears this word... Sin is more an attitude than an action. It can be either actively fighting God or as simple as excluding Him from our lives. I could ask, “Has God ever seemed far away?” If you say, “Yes,” I can explain that that’s one of the things sin does—it makes God seem far away. In your mind, draw two opposing cliffs with a gap in between. 1Life’s greatest certainty—The wages of sin is death “How would you feel if your boss refused to pay you the wages that were due to you?” The answer, of course, is that he would want justice—in this case, the wages he had worked for. Deep down, we all know that it is only right that we get what we deserve. Similarly, we earn “wages” from God for how we have lived our lives. 3 Life’s greatest offer—The gift of God “If wages are what a person earns, then what is a gift?” Remind your neighbor that though every gift is free for the person receiving it, someone still has to purchase it. 4 Life’s greatest issues—‘Death’ and ‘Life’ -- What thoughts come to your mind when you think of death? How would you define the 2 words, “eternal life”? Death in the Bible always means some kind of separation—in its most basic sense, separation from life. Because God is the author of life, a spiritual death simply means separation from Him. 5 Life’s greatest choices—‘Wages’ or ‘Gift’ -- If wages are what a person earns, then what is a gift? Remind your neighbor that though every gift is free for the person receiving it, someone still has to purchase it. 6 Life’s greatest medium—Through Jesus Christ Jesus Christ bridges the gap between you and God. Help your friend to consider that just as every gift has a unique giver, only Jesus Christ can give the gift of eternal life.
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