January 14, 2015
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is one of the verses of the Roman Road to salvation. It is familiar to anyone who has led someone else to the Lord, for it is in this verse that Paul summarizes the contrast between the ultimate goal of the lost person and that of the believer.
Paul says For the wages of sin is death: A wage is the pay distributed by a paymaster, and the paymaster, which in this case is God, only pays for what you have earned. A lost person believes that they can earn God’s wages. Paul says that if you want to be paid by God, then He will only pay you for what you have earned by your sin.
What is the proper wage for sin, death. If you demand payment from God for what you deserve, then the wages of your sin is death.
But the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. For a life of sin, God will deliver payment for the wages earned. But for those who believe in Christ, God gives a gift that is not deserved. It is not earned. It is a gift of God.
The word gift carries the force of a free gift. The free gift of God compared against the earned wages of sin.
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