“The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So says the familiar Bible verse Romans 6:23. It is really quite simple: If we are to be rescued from our condition in sin, it will be because we do not get what we deserve and we do get what we do not deserve. On the one hand, we deserve the justice of God’s judgment because of our sin. On the other hand, we don’t deserve the gift of eternal life in Christ, but we receive it because of God’s grace. Someone has well said, “Justice is getting what you deserve; mercy is not getting what you deserve; and grace is getting what you do not deserve.” You see, grace is God’s unmerited favor. We don’t get it because we have done something to earn it, but simply because God has chosen to give it. Indeed, He gives it in spite of our lack of earning it. He gives it in spite of the fact that we deserve His judgment.
If we are to be rescued from our rebellion against God it will be because God does something that He is not obligated to do. If we really understood the greatness of our offense against God and the righteousness of His judgment against us, we would be shocked at His free grace and mercy in Christ.
Something to think about from “The Kingdom Perspective.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord.”
~ Romans 6:23