We cannot appreciate the magnitude of God’s gift of eternal life until we first understand that the wages of sin is death. Wages are what we “earned,” what we “deserve.” “Death” is not only physical death, here, but spiritual and eternal death.
- The action or fact of dying or being killed; the end of the ‘life’ (NOT existence. Where does your ‘knowledge’ go? Memories/experience/who you truly are/what makes you, you) of a person or organism. Similar: Demise, dying, end, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, departure from life (where do you go ‘next’?), final exit, eternal rest, murder, killing, assassination, execution, dispatch, slaying, slaughter, massacre, snuffing, curtains, kicking the bucket, decease, quietus.
- The state of being dead.
- The permanent ending of vital processes in a cell or tissue.
Our sin was an offense to the infinitely holy God, and thus justly deserved eternal punishment. But God’s grace, which was greater than all our sin, brings us eternal life instead.
And we pray:
Lord, help us to see that Your punishment for sin is just and to sense something of the true heinousness of sin. Help us to appreciate more fully how much we were forgiven, and having been forgiven much, to Love much. Father we ask for Your direction and Leadership in all our ways, Amen.