“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” ~ Romans 6:23
Paul presents vivid contrasts in this short little verse:
- Two masters – sin and God.
- Two methods – wages and free gift.
- Two results – death and eternal life.
We know from Scripture that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Now God could have just left us in this terrible predicament of being lost and on our way to hell, He was under no obligation whatsoever to rescue us.
But, out of His great love and mercy, God The Father sent Jesus The Son to this earth to shed His blood for our sins. So that by simply placing our faith in Christ and His blood for the forgiveness of our sins we are saved eternally!
There is no work we can do for our salvation, Jesus did the only work that God will ever accept on the cross at Calvary. Scripture tells us
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” ~ Ephesians 2:8-9
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” ~ Romans 5:8-9
Eternal life is IN the person of Jesus Christ, all who are in Him are saved eternally. It is as simple as that!
God has not made it complicated, only mankind has tried to do that by attaching works to salvation. That was not God’s doing, but humans and their own ideas of what it takes to be saved and in Christ.
The entirety of Scripture teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus did it all, nothing needs to be added to it, His grace is sufficient for ALL!
Thank You my wonderful Lord Jesus for coming to this earth and dying for my sin. You are such a loving Master and full of mercy, grace, and love. I love You so my Redeemer and give You all praise this day, Amen!