How often have we read Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And as we read this verse, how many of us understand its implication and what it is really saying to us? Because when we read this scripture and verse, the first thing and the only thing we give thought to is, that the gift of God is for everyone to have everlasting life, that is those of us believing in his son Jesus Christ.
But have we ever stopped to think about why God is offering this gift of eternal life to everyone believing in his son Jesus Christ? And why only by believing in Jesus Christ we can have this everlasting life?
Well, according to the bible, God is offering us his eternal life because he has sentenced us to death. And it is because he has appointed a day for us to die; this offer of eternal life is on the table.
God on account of the first created man has sentenced us to death because we are the children of a rebellious man. And because of one man, we are appointed to die, and that is why God is offering us a gift, the gift of eternal life because of the sentence of death we are facing.
So, God is offering us the gift of eternal life because we are on our way to die. Each of us has a day appointed on which we will die. We are about to collect the wages we have earned through the first man, and how God decides to carry out that penalty is within the authority of God.
This is the complete message of the gospel, we are sentenced to death and because we are on our way to die, God through Jesus Christ is offering us the opportunity to have access to his eternal life.
With that said, why only Jesus, why is he the only way and access to God’s gift? Jesus is the only way because God has appointed him Lord over all the earth. Therefore, by the authority of God, Jesus is now accountable to God, and will according to the penalty judge the earth.
However, if we come to Jesus and ask for mercy, on account of his covenant death and blood, and the promise made at his death, and the confirmation we have through his resurrection. Jesus will make the decision on our part to have access to his eternal life and kingdom to come.
God has given no other man on earth this authority and right to judge on his behalf, and because of this truth, only Jesus can save us, only the judgment of Jesus will stand before God. No one else on earth has this authority given to Jesus Christ to judge on God’s behalf.
With God, there is judgment and wrath, but with Jesus, there is mercy on account of what he did on the cross. This is the offer of God through his Son. We are perishing, we are on our way to pay the penalty for sin, but will we have access to God’s gift to avoid this penalty?
The wages of sin according to Romans 6:23 is death, but not because of sins committed today. Death came into the world because of sin, that is the sin of Adam, and despite our goodness today and tomorrow we are sentenced to death. Nevertheless, God is making us an offer through Jesus Christ his Son that he might forgive us of the sin of the first created man.
Adam, made in the image of God once had the life of God, but on account of his rebellion lost God’s eternal life and so come to inherit death for all his children. Therefore, if are wondering how you and I came to inherit this curse of death we are so trying to escape. We are to know; we inherited this curse of death and this debt owed to death through our father Adam.
This is a sad and terrifying thought and reality facing everyone, and the effects of this curse can be seen around us each day. Nevertheless, we were told the gospel of Jesus is the good news of God. But I must admit, it is only good news if we believe and choose to accept and walk in obedience to the son of God Jesus Christ.
So, here is the good news, the good news is that God has kept his promise to restore us into his eternal life. He demonstrated this through the resurrection of Jesus to whom he gave the power to raise himself from the dead. Through this, we know we will live again forever on this earth, however, that is if we accept his son. And here is the bad news, the gospel is not all good news because the bad news is this. If we refuse to obey and accept God’s son, we will fall into the darkness of hell forever.
So, what is the reality and the choices we have before us? The wages of sin according to Romans 6:23 is death, a penalty we will one day pay. And we know we are going to die, and the choices we have before us are either Christ and life, or this life and death. And what we are to remember is that there is no way provided for us to escape death on our own, because the only way we have before us to escape death is to follow Jesus.