By Summer Elizabeth Ball
Romans 6:20-23 says, “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Today, as we celebrate the 246th Birthday of this great country, I want to share another type of freedom with you. It is a freedom unmatched. It is a freedom that only God can offer.
The debt for sin is only payable by death. Each of us is a sinner; each of us deserves death. Each of us deserves hell. However, there is One who came to satisfy the debt each of us is enslaved by. Jesus came to set free whoever would turn away from sin, repent, and receive the life of freedom only He can offer.
Enduring Word’s Bible Commentary states,
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord: When you work for sin, your wages are death. When we serve God, we get no pay – but He freely gives us the best benefits package imaginable.
i. Wages of sin: “Every sinner earns this by long, sore, and painful service. O! What pains do men take to get to hell! Early and late they toil at sin; and would not Divine justice be in their debt, if it did not pay them their due wages?” (Clarke)
ii. Answering his question from Romans 6:15, Paul has made it clear: As believers, we have a change of ownership. The Christian must fight against even occasional sin because we need to work for and work under our new Master. It isn’t appropriate for us to work for our old master.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt of each one of us. He died so we can choose freedom in Him and live under grace.
It does not mean that we can go on living in sin as we had before when sin enslaved us. Instead, we serve our new Master, receiving eternal life and experiencing a freedom unmatched.
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