Daily Devotion for Friday

Wages of Sin

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

I don’t know why this scripture has been on my mind for the last few days. I have not written anything; in fact, I thought of this scripture on Monday. I had not received revelation about it because the only thing I could remember was the first part. If you live a life in sin—we all know what sin is, disobedience to God’s instructions on how to live one’s life, and do not repent, you can rest assured of where your eternal rest will be. You will die. For 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 tells us that those who lived in Christ are only asleep at the moment and “even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.” (NASB) Romans 1:18-32 details the descent man has made through sin: from knowing of God and knowing Him to not praising Him (verse 21), to being submerged into darkness (Rom 1:21), becoming fools (Rom 1:22), then to idolizing and worshipping manmade statues (Rom 1:23). They descended downward even more by allowing themselves to be controlled by unnatural passions and lust and serving created things. These are the things that sin pays us with—being cut off from God! Living away from God warps our thinking and the things we see as right. Its not right to be disobedient, to victimize and hurt others, to lie, to steal, kill, and cheat. But because we, the spirit we, lose control over our minds, we allow our flesh to control it, thus controlling us and we give it the authority to deem what is right. That’s a terrible price to pay—eternal death, being dead to God. But from the moment that Adam took that bite, and broke the commandment God gave to him in Genesis 2:17, death became a part of life on earth. Fortunately we are redeemed through the blood of Christ.

“For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.” Romans 8:13
“So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

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