Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
Paul wrote this in order to finalize a section where he was writing about the difference of being slaves to sin and slaves of righteousness. Before we are saved, we are slaves to sin. This word translated slave is the Greek word doulos, meaning slave or bondservant. We obey our sinful desires which is counter to obeying God.
When we accept Christ as savior, accepting the work Christ did on the cross, then our old man who was a bondservant to sin dies, which then releases us from our bondage to sin, and because of the resurrection we are a new creation, being a new man who has no ties to sin, and we now are slaves to righteousness.
Now, there are two ultimate endings based on our decision. Let’s look first at our former life. We read in a couple verses up, “Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.” Romans 6:21. This is simple, if we remain in in our former life, not accepting Christ as our Savior, the “final result” is death. There can be no other. For we have nothing we can do to be declared righteous before God. Only the work of Christ provides it.
Now, let’s look at our new life in Christ. Paul said in the next verse, “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.” Romans 6:22. The “final result” of accepting Christ is first, a new life focused on holiness since the old is gone. However, even better, this life will be eternal, everlasting, never ending. I would say this is infinitely better then if we remained separated from Him.
Now, to the focus verse. Look at what is said. “Wages of Sin” and “Gift of God”. Wages are defined as something we earn by the works we do. Therefore, if we do not accept Christ, the old man will get what he earned, what he deserves. That being death. However, if we do accept Christ, we earn / deserve nothing. However, we get a “free gift” from God. And that is eternal life in Him.
So, we either get what we earn, which is death, or what we do not earn, which is eternal life. I’ll take what I did not earn.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.