THE PENALTY/ WAGES FOR SIN IS DEATH (ROM. 6:23A)

All the moral evil that has been in the world and which still exist today stands out clearly as sin, that is, as the transgression of the law of God. Where there is no law there is no sin. The dictionary calls sin transgression, evil, a violation of an accepted moral, religious or social code. Sin is any lack of conformity to the character of God whether in act or state. Sin is a hopelessly incurable disease of the soul. Sin is characteristic of old nature, the flesh and finds expression daily. Sin is an act, a state and a nature of fallen man in enmity with God. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23; Lk. 8:46; I John 1:8, 10).

The Bible classifies “All unrighteousness……” (I John 5:17), omission of known duty (James 4:17), thought of foolishness (Prv. 24:9), transgression of the law (I John 3:4), and what is not of faith (unbelief) (Rom. 10:17; 14:23) as sins.
Other types of sins include addition and subtraction from the word of God (2 John 9; Rev. 22:18, 19), ignorance (Nu. 15:28, I Ti. 1:13), rejection of God and Christ (John 12:48, Heb. 12:25), willful/rebellion (Heb. 10:26) substitution (Nu. 20: 7-12; Lev. 10:1,2). Trespass, lawlessness, iniquity (Ps. 51:9), etc.

God is not the creator of sin for the Bible clearly states that “Far be it from God, that He should do wickedness, and from the Almighty, that He should commit iniquity”, (Job 34:10). He is the holy God, (Isaiah 6:3), and there is absolutely no unrighteousness in Him, (Deut. 32:4; Ps. 92:16). He cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no man, (Jas. 1:13). When He created man, He created him good and in His image. He positively hates sin, (Deut. 25:16; Ps. 5:4; 11:5; Zech 8:17; Luke 16:15), and made provision in Jesus Christ for man’s deliverance from sin. All these show that God cannot be author or creator of sin.

Sin began in the angelic world in form of disobedience and pride and this led to the revolt of Angel Lucifer and his host against God. Upon being defeated he and his host were cast into the vicinity of the earth. This led Lucifer now called Satan or Devil to come into the Garden of Eden to deceive man (Adam). Upon Adams disobedience, unbelief and pride, sin entered the world and other evils with it. Adam became the bond-servant of sin and because of the solidarity of the human race, all his descendants share in this sin as well. This sin is called the Original Sin and all are guilty because we are all descendants of Adam. Because of this Original sin, all humans are guilty and are liable for the punishment of death. This is what the Bible teaches us in Romans Chapter five, verse twelve, “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned”. The results of the disobedience of Adam are as follows:
All humans irrespective of condition or class or race are now sinners before God (Rom. 3:9, 10, 23; 5:12).
The whole world rests under condemnation, wrath, and curse of God (Rom. 3:19; Gal. 3:10; Eph. 2:3).
Unregenerated humans are regarded as children of the devil, and not children of God (John 8:44).
The whole human race is taken captive by Satan (Cor. 4:4).
The entire nature of man, mentally, morally, spiritually and physically has been affected by sin. The understanding is darkened, (Eph. 4:18, I cor. 2:14), the heart is deceitful and wicked, (Jer. 17:9, 10); the mind and conscience are defiled, (Gen. 6:5; Titus 1:15); the will is enfeebled, (Rom. 7:18) and we are utterly destitute of any God-like qualities, (Rom. 7:18).

A survey of the list of sins in the Bible reveals a total of over fifty different sins with many variations of each one.
Exodus 20:3-17 (The Ten Commandments) list idolatry, cursing, Sabbath breaking, disrespect to parents, murder, adultery, stealing, lying, covetousness. (9 sins)
I Cor. 6:9, 10: effeminate, masturbation, drunkards, revilers, extortioners (5 sins)
Romans 1:29-31: unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, maliciousness, envy, debate, deceit, malignity whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful. (19 sins).
I Tim. 1:9-11: lawlessness, disobedience, unholiness, profanity, whoremonger, kidnapping (6 sins)
Col. 3: 5-8: inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication. (7 sins).
Gal. 5:19-21: lasciviousness, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, strife, seditions, heresies, revelings. (9 sins).
Mark 7:20-23: evil thoughts, an evil eye, foolishness. (3 sins).

It is impossible to be neutral. Every person has a master – either of God or sin. Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness (God). A Christian is not someone who cannot sin, but someone who is no longer a slave of sin but its master and he belongs to God.

You are free to choose between the two masters, but you are not free to manipulate the consequences of your choice. Each of the two masters pay with his own currency. The currency of sin is death which means
Spiritual death which separates the sinner from God for ever.
The sufferings of life which leads to weakness, and diseases which also result in discomforts, agonizing pain, distresses, disturbances, fear, mental disturbances, accidents, sicknesses, etc.
Physical death which is the separation of body and soul and removal from among the living and
Eternal death which denotes everlasting punishment, perdition, eternal fire, hell, and lake of fire. The abode for unrepentant sinners.
On the other hand, the currency of God/Christ is eternal life that is, a new life with God that begins on earth, the moment you believed and are saved and continues forever with God. The Bible says “… but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Rom. 6:23b)

Everyone has committed sin and therefore we all need a Savior (Gal. 3:22; Rom. 3:23). The remedy for sin is forgiveness through the Blood of Christ. Eph. 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins”. I John 1:7, “… and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleans us from all sin.”

What choice have you made or what choice will you make? In the words of Prophet Moses, the servant f God, “see, I have set before you today life (righteousness) and good (God), death and sin (unrighteousness), in that I command you today to love the Lord your God (Righteousness), to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live….” (Deut. 30:15, 16). “But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them (sins), I announce to you today that you shall surely perish.” (Deut. 30:17, 18).
If it seems evil to you to forsake your sins and serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether money, sins, Satan, idols or fame. But as for me and my house, we shall forsake our sins and serve the Lord.

Lord, teach us to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, money, Satan, fame, and idol worship and teach us to hate them. Amen.

For further teachings write/contact:
Christ Mercygate Evangelical Ministries.
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