“For the wages of sin is death………..”
The Consequence of Sin
Enough about sin!! Right! Well, one more week but it is crucial to the whole counsel of God. Our prayer is that you would love God more by deepening your understanding of sin.
What is death? When we thinking about it there seems to be two aspects, the loss of physical life and the separation from the One who gives life.
We see the loss of physical life everywhere! The universe is breaking down and slowly dying because it has been subjected to futility. We can see it in our own world, trees die, animals die, and cars eventually rust out and die. People die. We are surrounded by death. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about someone who died for whatever reason. How many grave yards do you see on a weekly basis? We are truly born into this world waiting to die.
There is another aspect of death that is more important, spiritual separation from God. This is the explanation as to why everything created is dying. Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins.” We can all attest to this. We can’t remember when we were born but there was a period of time from birth that you never thought of and loved our triune God. The fact of the matter is you couldn’t because you were spiritually dead. We are all naturally separated from God as a result of Adam’s sin. Yes, maybe you had some knowledge of the God of the Bible but you were indifferent to Him. Maybe you grew up in a Christian home and knew the facts about God but they never moved you to love Him. There was deadness about what you knew because you were, and maybe still are, spiritually dead.
Hell is the final resting place for the dead. The body will be alive but hell is a place where there is only darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Hell is a place that is void of all of God’s goodness. We now live in a time where we can enjoy some of God’s goodness as it is a time in which God is not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance, 2 Peter 3:9. Unfortunately this is the only goodness of God that most will get to enjoy. How sad! As God is eternal so is hell. If you have life in God you will be with Him forever. The opposite is true. Hell is forever. Yuck!!
Why death? Well, for the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23. Sin we have defined as doing anything contrary to the will of God. In order to do something contrary to the will of God one must not find value in God. The heart of the root of sin we discussed last week was unbelief. You may define unbelief as death. A lack of something means that the something is not alive in you. The something in this case is someone and that someone is God. If you believe in, and love the one and only God who exists in three persons, you are alive to God and will be forever. Death comes as a natural consequence of unbelief in God. Unbelief equals no life.
Death is a topic that we would rather not discuss but it is important to wrap our minds around as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. In order to love God more we need to understand the full counsel of God. In order to help believers and have constructive conversations with non-believers we need to understand the basics of death. Half of Romans 6:23 was quoted for this devotional. Next week we will start discussing the next half. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Let’s start talking about this life and praise God He has made us alive in Him!