KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:23. “For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord”.
Our opening scripture from the amplified Bible says, for the wages which sin pays is death. The scriptures say further in Romans 3:23 that. “Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives”. All men have sinned and most of them are still living in sin. Now from our first scripture we see sin being represented as a person or master who pays his wages. He pays men with death.
Every man under the power of sin has death actively working in him. This is a power that constantly breeds failure and decay or corruption. (sin, diseases, poverty, and death) Romans 8:2 calls it, the law of sin and death. A law is a principle that functions or operates when the required conditions are available. What are the required conditions for the law of sin and death to operate or function in the life of a person.? Answer: When Jesus is not Lord of that individual.
The second part of our opening scripture says the gift of God is eternal life. Eternal life according to Romans 8:2 is the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, hallelujah! It is the power of life and success. It is the life of Christ imparted into us. It makes us free from the power of sin and death.
Now consider these contrasts, men labour for sin by doing all the wrong things, and it rewards them with death, yet with God His request from us is to believe in His Son Jesus, and we would be rewarded or gifted with eternal life, the very life the Lord Jesus resurrected with (Ephesians 1:19&20). Which of these would you choose? Eternal life or death?
You can have eternal life by believing in Jesus and making Him Lord over your life.
Romans 10:9. “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and, in your heart, believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” The step to salvation is clearly stated in the above verse.”
Heavenly father, I believe that our Lord Jesus was crucified for my sins. I believe He rose up from the grave. I confess Him as Lord of my life today.
John 3:16″ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. John 1:12. “But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–”