Wages earn death; free gift gives eternal life

Romans 6--23

The Verse of the Day for March 24, 2016 comes from Romans 6:23 in the New Living Translation:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

In reflecting on this verse, the often quoted words of Benjamin Franklin come to mind:

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Spiritually speaking, by Adam’s disobedience sin entered the world, resulting in death. I guess you could say that death is the result of “sin tax.” Not to be confused with syntax, said the English professor.

Romans 5:12 reminds us of the source of sin and death:

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

The latter part of the Verse of the Day draws a distinction between “the wages of sin which is death” and “the free gift of God which is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In contrast, Jesus Christ, the second Adam, by his obedience overcame the power of sin and displayed the grace of God, whereby those who believe on him can receive “the free gift of God [which] is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 5:15 further explains

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Without question, there is considerable difference between “wages” which one earns and deserves through hard work but which result in death and a free gift, for which one does not work and which results in eternal life. Once more, God sets before humanity the choice between death and life, as He always “sweetens the pot” in favor of life.

This musical medley Scripture Memory Song combines Romans 5:8 and Romans 6:23:

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