The Wages of Sin

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

Romans 6:23

Everything in life has a price. What we eat, our clothing, utilities and transportation, among others, we must pay if we want to get them. Likewise, if someone commits a crime or a mistake of any kind, there is a cost that can be prison, a fine or a substantial demand. Accomplish finishing a career costs money and effort. Spiritually, what we do wrong, that is, sin has its own pay, which as Romans 6:23 says, is death.

I know there are people that when the word sin is mentioned not give alluded. But do not forget what Romans 3:23 says: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So we are all in the same boat: we are sinners and as such deserve death according to Romans 6:23. I also know that there will be people who feel that there is a scale of sins and they are fewer sinners than others as murderers, rapists, thieves, etc. But the standard of sin God has set in His law, not according to what we think is good or bad.

God’s Law summarizes the Ten Commandments appears in the Bible Exodus 20:3-17. The First Commandment says: You shall have no other gods before Me (Exodus 20:3). And the second is in Exodus 20: 4-6: You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

If we read carefully only the first two commandments and analyze us, we can say that many of us have sinned against both commandments. Making images, giving them worship and kneel before them is violation of the Second Commandment and, at the same time having a false god in violation of the first. Some say that they have never worshiped an image but they esteem it because it’s like having a picture of a loved one. That perception is an opinion that does not justify the action of violating the law.

The third commandment is in Exodus 20:7: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. And the fourth in Exodus 20:8-11: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

To show just one button, only the first four commandments we see we have sinned deserving of death, only the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ gives us eternal life. God bless you.

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