Sal­va­tion words – Gift

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“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.

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