BRom 6: 23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
Two things stands out from this passage:
Wages and Gift.
Sin hands out it wages which is death and God hands out His gift which is eternal life.
The eternal life that God gives is free, that is why it is a gift, if it is not free it is no longer a gift.
Another thing to note is that all have sinned and deserve death.
Rom 3:9 “what then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin”
Rom 3: 23, 24 “For all have sinned and all short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”
Everyone is charged to be under sin with its death penalty.
Freedom has already been provided for all freely through the redemption that Christ Jesus Provided.
Rom 8:7 “There is therefore now no condemnation t those who are in Christ Jesus”.
The only way to be free from condemnation is to be in Christ Jesus. Being in Christ Jesus is to receive Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour (Being Born again).
God did not over look Sin
Sin is such a serious thing before God, that God dealt with it and dealt with it decisively.
God didn’t just over look sin, it would amount to injustice for sin not to be rewarded.
Isaiah 59:1-2, Behold, the Lord hands is not shortened that it cannot save nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God. And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
Thank God for His grace and mercy. The Bible says with His great love with which he has loved us by himself alone without any human contributions he closed the gap of separation between us and him. Which is sin, God took care of the sin.
God says what he means and means what He says, if He said that the wages of sin is death that’s what he means sin must be paid for with life, someone has to die for sin.
Glory to God sin has already been paid for, and been taken away.
John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
The first introduction of Jesus by John the Baptist was as a lamb. Israel sacrificed lamb at the Passover feast as offerings for their sins, Lambs were very important to them not because of its meat, but because they use them for sacrifice to take care of their sins.
John said Jesus was God’s Lamb of sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
Isaiah said our sins have separated us from God. John the Baptist said Jesus is the Lamb that has taken away that sin that separated us from God. Therefore there is nothing separating us from God. We are invited to come before his presence with boldness and confidence.
Rom 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ?” the answer is nothing.
Heb 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”
Jesus our high priest is the one at the throne of grace therefore he invites us to come to him boldly without any fear or intimidation.
HOW DID IT ALL HAPPEN
How did God secure our freedom from the consequence of sin with its death sentence.
God has already offered his Lamb of sacrifice for our sin to free us from the penalty of sin which is death. God gave His son to die for our sins. Jesus died not because of His sin but because of our sins.
Rm. 4:25. From different translation, to make it clear that Jesus did not die for his own sin.
(NLT) “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
(TPT) “Jesus was handed over to be crucified for the forgiveness of our sins and was raised back to like to prove that he had made us right with God”.
(AMP) “Who was betrayed and crucified because of our sins and was raised (from the dead) because of our Justification (our acquittal. Absolving us of all sin before God).
The death Jesus died, He died to provide the forgiveness for our sins.
God did not look at sin and said I overlook it. No, God punished our sin on His son Jesus Christ.
Rom.8:3 “for what the Law could not do in that it was weak thorough the flesh, God did by sending His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin; He condemned sin in the flesh”. (NKJV)
Rom. 8:3 “For God achieved what the law was unable to accomplish, because the law was limited by weakness of human nature. Yet God sent us his son in human form to identify with weakness, clothed with humanity God’s son gave his body to be the sin offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin”. (TPT)
Rom. 8:3 For what the law could not do (that is overcome sin and remove its penalty, its power) being weakened by the flesh (man’s nature without the Holy Spirit) God did. He sent his own son in the likeness of sinful man as an offering for sin. And he condemned sin in the flesh (subdue it and overcome it in the person of his own son)”.
Sin has been judged, condemned and punished in the flesh of our Lord Jesus.
So as regards to the wages or punishment for sin for the believers in Christ Jesus.Rom. 8:1 concludes it this way.
“So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in the life union with Jesus, the anointed one” (TPT).
“Therefore there is now no condemnation (no guilty verdict, no punishment) for those who are in Christ Jesus (who believes in him as personal Lord and Savior)” (AMP).
The bible says no punishment awaits believer in Christ Jesus, that is what it is no punishment, Jesus has been punished for our sins. When you take Jesus as your Lord and Savior you’re free.
2Cor. 5:14 “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus; that if one died for all, then all died” the one that died for all was Christ, since he died for all, it means before God anyone who believes in Jesus has died for his or her sin, and no punishment remains for such one, because no one is expected to be punished for the same offence twice it would amount to double jeopardy.
Gal. 2:20: Apostle Paul says: “I have been crucified with Christ (that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion it is no longer I who lived but Christ lives in me”….. the apostle said He was crucified with Christ. We all know that Paul wasn’t even a believer in Christ when Jesus was crucified, He was converted on his way to Damascus when he was going to kill the believers.
But here he was saying he was crucified with Christ and event that took place twenty years before his conversion. He said that because he knew if one died for all, all died.
Jesus made it clearer in John 12 from verse 27 that on His cross He took the punishment for our sins. John 12:27 “Now my soul is trouble, and what shall I say? Father save me from this hour? But for this purpose I come to this hour. Father, glorify your name”…
This point was a very crucial point in the earthly ministry of Jesus, there was pressure on him to ask God to save him from that hour, instead his purpose guided his prayer. He simply said, he won’t ask God to save him rather he reminded himself, that he came as a lamb to be offered as a sin offering.
John 12:31 – 33 says “Now is judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. This he said, signifying the death he would die”.
The word “people” in verse 32 was not there in the original manuscript. In the original manuscript it was written “And I if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to myself”. People wasn’t there, those that translated from Greek manuscript italicized the word “people” to show that they were the one that put it there so that the passage could make meaning.
When one read that passage omitting the word “people” he has not done that passage any injustice, because it wasn’t there in the original Greek version.
From all that I have written, your will agree with me that the purpose Jesus went to the cross was to pay for our sin. Jesus said if he be lifted up which means if he be crucified, not if men lift him up in praise and worship. He will draw all… (All what) – All God’s judgment for sin to himself.
John 12:27 says… I will not ask the Father to rescue me from this hour of trial. For I have come to fulfill my purpose – to offer myself to God”. Jesus said that his purpose was to offer himself to God as a sin offering.
On the cross He drew God’s punishment for sin to his flesh. John 12:31 showed us the reason for verse 32 or the subject of John 12:31 – 33. The subject was “Judgment”. It says, now is the Judgment…
John 12:33 “This he said, signifying by what death he would die”. Which means His death on the cross will draw all God’s anger, wrath and punishment for our sins to Himself.
John 3:29 says, He is the Lamb of God that take away the sins of the world. Therefore Jesus Christ on the cross has already absorbed all God’s Judgment.
Rom. 8:3… “God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin; He condemned sin in the flesh.
God condemned sin or God judged sin in the flesh of his son, God sent his son so that he can judge our sins on the flesh of Jesus on the cross.
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