But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 6:22, 23 NIV)
Reading through Romans 6 and verse 23 struck like lightening. Have teachings concerning this verse- wages of sin is death, been removed from pastors’ sermons? Thankfully, not all…yet, many no longer teach conviction or turning from sin. Sin? More teachings exist against mature believers to identify sin. Yes, we are to love the sinner- we are not to justify sin. There are no grey areas to God’s view on sin. Wages of sin, is death.
We no longer have to settle for how the world thinks, as Scripture is studied, we understand sin. This begins intellectually learning and God will help us understand, then settles in our hearts. Hearts are transformed from being most deceptive to a well- spring of life. We have benefits becoming a slave- figuratively speaking, to Christ. There are no restrictive forces, God allows free choice. We choose to accept Jesus as Savior, or reject Biblical Truth, and by default or not- choose the world/sin, spending eternity in hell. The benefit to Christ is reaping holiness, resulting in eternal life with Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Set free, free from sin…a benefit, none greater than reassurance of eternal life in Heaven. Holiness is a tremendous benefit. For example, no longer offended; bitter, jealousy, and envy are resolved. If left unresolved, destroys chance for peace and unity with others, and especially with Jesus. The ability to love like Christ loves, comes through holiness. We are a society always looking for the benefit in about every decision made. Why? Always looking out for self. Let’s be motivated, starting today- to look for God’s benefits, avoiding wages of sin, leading to death.