For the wages paid by sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life through union with Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23(Williams)
There is no more important issue in the life of every-man but knowing the way of salvation, because there are eternal consequences that lead to an eternal life with God or an eternal separation from Him – heaven or the lake of fire. But some ignore it or delay it, others misunderstand it and still more do not consider that they need to be saved from their sin. Many today do not consider that they are sinners, but see themselves as good people, especially in comparison with others they consider less worthy than they.
Many believe that their ‘good’ deeds, generous giving and acts of kindness to others will earn them a place in God’s heavenly home! But from God’s perspective no-one is good and so not one person who has ever lived is deserving of salvation, for humanity is a fallen race, a sinful people that has an inherent sin nature, for all have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. But praise God that the verse continues with words of hope. How important to read to the end of the sentence – BUT the GIFT of God is eternal life THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
It is vital first of all to understand that salvation, which included eternal life, is a gift from God. Salvation, which includes eternal life, is not something that can be bought or earned with our ‘good’ deeds, generous giving or acts of kindness. The forgiveness of sin, (i.e. salvation of the soul and eternal life, which is part of the package of forgiveness), is a gift; a free gift; a free gift from God; a free gift from God, which demonstrates His amazing grace and unconditional love - and it is open to every-man – every sinner.
It is open to ALL men and women …………. But note - there is ONE condition and one alone - Salvation is given THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life is God’s free gift which comes to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, Paul told the Philippian jailer, while John tells us in his gospel, for God so love the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son so that all that BELIEVE ON HIM should not perish but have eternal life.
The payment for sin is death - but Jesus received the payment on behalf of every-man when He died on Calvary’s cruel cross, for the wages of sin is - BUT the free gift of God is eternal life THROUGH BELIEVING ON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
Loving Father, I am a sinner and deserving of eternal death and the lake of fire, I am not worthy to set my foot in Your heavenly home, but I believe that the Lord Jesus paid the price for my sins through His death on Calvary and I accept Your free gift of salvation and eternal life IN HIM, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.