Salvation words – Gift
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Most of us know there are two ways we get things in life – we either earn them or are given them for free. There are wages and there are gifts.
The Bible uses the same words to explain the things of eternity to us.
People are drawn to sin because it promises a kind of rewards program: instant dividends; a bonus in this dreary life.
And this short-term payback is in a sense acknowledged in Scriptures. It tells us in Hebrews 11:25 that for Moses to make the right choices about his eternity he had to say no to “the pleasures of sin for a season.” The philosophy of our day is, “If it feels good, do it.” The pleasures that follow, however, are seasonal and shallow. As the old song on the radio used to say, they are “gone like summer wages.”
The real payday for serving sin is at the end. The wages of sin is death.
The effects of death on the body are horrible, and yet (as we sense) that is just the door to the eternal consequences. Nobody can refuse these wages. They are mandatory. You earn them by your sins and you are paid and paid and paid in the place Jesus said, “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:44)
The amazing part of this verse is that eternal life is not earned; it is a gift.
It is not that God wouldn’t let you earn life if you could. The problem is, as the whole Bible and all human history confirm, nobody is good enough to earn that life. The problem of sin in every human heart means eternal life must be a gift.
Very few seem to comprehend the truth that God gave His Son to die in our place so that all who trust in Him could receive a free gift of eternal life, but it is the plain message of the Word of God.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Ian Kurylyk is pastor at Summerside Fundamental Baptist Church.