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God is always giving because it is His nature, His way. Now therefore compare the office of both these services together, and you shall easily see which master is best to serve and obey; the wages that sin will pay you, in the end is death; but the reward that God will freely bestow upon you (if you be his servants) is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. All their salvation will be ascribed to him; and they will celebrate his mercy and grace forever. 6:21-23 The pleasure and profit of sin do not deserve to be called fruit. Basic Doctrines: Salvation. The phrase is opposed to death; and proves incontestably that that means eternal death. Tzeror Hammor, fol. Romans 10:1-3 Romans 7:4 We may remark, therefore. Romans 3:25 He will have his reward. A.F.V (5) it becomes us, therefore, to flee from the wrath to come. The gift of God is eternal life. Today, it is common to receive wages every two weeks. These are the only acceptable payments. Yet the punishment of the wicked is said to be eternal. But "eternal life" is in no sense or degree the wages of our righteousness; we do nothing whatever to earn or become entitled to it, and never can: it is therefore, in the most absolute sense, "THE GIFT OF God." In other words, we will be affected by the penalties of sin all the time. His death substitutes for our well-deserved death, which we earned through sin. Pastor James W. Fisher Saint Paul Baptist Church Inc. 1309 Larkin Street, Greensboro, NC 27406 www.stpaulbcinc.orh. 1 John 5:16-17 Jesus Christ our Lord—This concluding verse—as pointed as it is brief—contains the marrow, the most fine gold, of the Gospel. … Earlier, the apostle had written in Romans 4:1-5: What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? Commentary on Romans Rosscup : This is a much-respected 746-pp. (5) To stimulate this holy rivalry, let us often "look back to the rock whence we were hewn, the hole of the pit whence we were digged," in search of the enduring advantages and permanent satisfactions which the service of Sin yielded; and when we find to our "shame" only gall and wormwood, let us follow a godless life to its proper "end," until, finding ourselves in the territories of "death," we are fain to hasten back to survey the service of Righteousness, that new Master of all believers, and find Him leading us sweetly into abiding "holiness," and landing us at length in "everlasting life" (Ro 6:20-22). 5th, Justification, whereby God forgives all past sin, and freely accepts the sinner, Romans 3:24. Sanhedrin, c. 2. sect. Romans 13:1-5 (4) they who are saved will be raised to heaven, not because they merit it, but by the rich and sovereign grace of God. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) “fought” for the freedom of enslaved and oppressed peoples for over thirty years and is rightly recognized as one of the world’s great leaders in this regard. Though some think that we already have an immortal soul, the Bible makes it plain that the only way we can receive eternal life is to receive it as God's gift. Coming on the heels of Paul’s discussion of baptism in Romans 6:1-11, our passage for the Second Sunday after Pentecost serves as a corrective to a potential misunderstanding. 4. For what does the Scripture say? [Show the verse and read it aloud.] Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6a). Revelation 20:10 Midrash Kohelet, fol. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, ESV). James 1:15 And this gift is through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 115. But the gift of God — Greek, χαρισμα, the free gift, or gift of grace; is eternal life — Or, eternal life is the free gift of God. Matthew 25:46;” (Macknight;) as also in many other passages. This is not eternal life in hell fire but death, the complete annihilation of one's life. Leviticus 4:20 Romans 6 Romans 6:23 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. Mark : And as the one is the conscious sense of the hopeless loss of all blissful existence, so the other is the conscious possession and enjoyment of all that constitutes a rational creature's highest "life" for evermore (Ro 6:23). (c) T. Bab. The end of sin is death. He varies the phrase on purpose, to show that we attain not eternal life by our own merits, our own works or worthiness, but by the gift or grace of God; for which cause he also addeth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. The apostle is careful to distinguish, and to specify thai this is not what man deserves, but what is gratuitously conferred on him; Note, Romans 6:15.Eternal life - The same words which in Romans 6:22 are rendered "everlasting life." All grace is the gift of God, and is freely given, or otherwise it would not be grace; particularly the justifying righteousness of Christ is the gift of God; and the rather this may be meant here, since the apostle had been treating of it so largely before, and had so often, in the preceding chapter, called it the gift of righteousness, the free gift, and gift by grace, and justification by it, the justification of life, because it entitles to eternal life, as here: it may be said to issue in it; for between justification and glorification there is a sure and close connection; they that are justified by the righteousness of Christ, are certainly glorified, or enjoy eternal life; and though this may be principally intended here, yet is not to be understood to the exclusion of other gifts of grace, which have the same connection and issue: thus, for instance, faith is the gift of God, and not of a man's self, and he that has it, has eternal life, and shall, Or ever possess it; repentance is a free grace gift, it is a grant from the Lord, and it is unto life and salvation; and on whomsoever the grace of God is bestowed, so as to believe in Christ for righteousness, and truly repent of sin, these shall partake of eternal glory. 3d, The revelation of the righteousness of God in Christ, through the gospel, Romans 3:21. Exodus 20:8-11 That would make Romans 6:23 a lie, and it’s not a lie, it’s the truth. Vid. 1 John 3:4 Since the Spirit is God's gift, neither are we born with it, nor can we earn it. Revelation 20:10. Romans 9:19-24 God offers eternal life to those who are willing to meet His conditions. Though hampered by lack of any outline to relate things, the work has much gold if one has time … Sinners are but ploughing iniquity, sowing vanity, and reaping the same. 115. God wants us to begin to receive His salvation right here and now by living the abundant life. So the word is interpreted in the Glossary, , "soldiers' wages"; and so it is used by the Jewish writers, being adopted into their language; of a king, they say (a), that he should not multiply to himself gold and silver more than to pay which they (b) interpret by , "the hire of armies", or the wages of soldiers for a whole year, who go in and out with him all the year; so that it denotes wages due, and paid after a campaign is ended, and service is over; and, as here used, suggests, that when men have been all their days in the service of sin, and have fought under the banners of it, the wages they will earn, and the reward that will be given them, will be death: and it is frequently observed by the Jewish doctors (c), that , "there is no death without sin": sin is the cause of death, and death the fruit and effect of sin: but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Hughes, R. K. Romans: Righteousness from heaven.Preaching the Word. 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