Most of us are aware of the scripture found in Romans 6:23 which reads in the KJV; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” It seems to be such a simple verse that narrows our options to just two. If we receive the gift of God we inherit eternal life. If we collect the wages of sin we receive death. However; it seems that what most of the Christian world teaches and believes is that everyone inherits eternal life; the question is where do we spend it? Another question that arises is how do we inherit this eternal life and what do we have to do to get it? Romans 5:15-16 refer to the gift as a free gift and Romans 8:2 teaches that Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death; but is that what we really believe?
Most of us have the idea that if we get “out of fellowship” with God; then He will do whatever He has to do to get us back to Him. God Himself may well cause bad things to happen to us until we “turn away” from whatever it is that has “separated us” from God’s love and turn back to Him. If this were really the case then the wages of sin would be God punishing us until we turn back to Him; but the scripture says the wages of sin is death. As we just mentioned; others think that if we do wrong we separate ourselves from the love of God. There is scripture to back up this idea found in Isaiah 59:2 which reads in the KJV; “But our iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” I truly believe the Old Testament is as valid today as it ever was; however we are in a different time. We are even living in a different covenant and in the new covenant we read another scripture. It is found in Romans 8:38-39 and reads in the KJV; “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, not powers, not things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ things changed. That was the whole idea of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our sins no longer separate us from God. He tells us that now He will never leave us or forsake us; but we believe that the wages of sin is temporary separation from God until we “turn from our wicked ways” and come back to Him; but the scripture says the wages of sin is death.
I could go on with many examples of faulty and flawed thinking on our parts; but the scripture tells of a God of love who will never leave us or forsake us. We are told of God’s correction; but God corrects in love not in anger. If we have received the gift of God; which is eternal life; we have begun that life already. I know our bodies will die; but the real us has already inherited the promise of eternal life and the wages of sin do not apply to us. If we are separated from God it is because we have moved away from Him. He is very likely close at hand; but if we are not looking for Him; we will not find Him. The message of the gospel is a message of life. The wages of sin is death. We must pick which message we want in our lives.