Which payment to use?

Hi there and welcome to the end of a working week for most of us. Romans chapter 6 verse 23 says this: “ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It is a verse that came to mind today at work as I was considering some contract work actually. The human race and everyone in that race has a contract to answer and be accountable to.

One of the most basic truths in God’s program involves the fact that the wages of sin is death . The death we are intended to understand here is what happens after we die in the normal sense. If we accept that there is a heaven and a hell as the Bible describes then there is a second and very terrible death coming our way too.

There are only two ways to satisfy this basic truth and be accountable to the eternal contract God spells out: First, all humans must be paid that wage of death because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God . Second, as an alternative, another, an innocent One on whom death has no claim because He never sinned, must pay that wage in our stead, substituting His death for ours. These are the only two ways of satisfying that contract because sin = death. Tough words but words many millions are blindly going through life ignoring or are oblivious too and are rushing helter-skelter into the result!

We find both aspects applied to practical Christian life in the book of Romans. Paul writes in Romans 5 verse 8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” It is essential that we thoroughly understand that Christ died, not merely as a benefit, but for us, that is, in our place. His death substitutes for our well-deserved death, which we earned through sin. Earlier, the apostle had written in Romans chapter 4 and verses 1-5

What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness! .” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.

When confronted by such scriptures that cannot be broken, our only possible conclusion is that the sin-debt that each person owes to God absolutely cannot be worked off by being good. No matter HOW good that might be.

It is so huge and serious that an already sin-defiled person cannot pay it off. Once a person sins, his debt is absolutely irredeemable by anyone or any action except through death. Either each individual pays for himself ( horrific) , or Christ pays in his place ( wonderful). These are the only acceptable payments. I was wondering which one everyone I know has as payment ready to be made because rest assured, if you are not ready to meet God, He is ready to meet you and the only way to have the debt si sorted is to ask for the solution… it is not an automatic right.

Thanks for reading

Mark

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