Commentary By: Gordon King
There is a penalty for sin and that is death! Each and every one of us was born into sin, with a sin nature, separated from God. It wasn’t always that way, in fact God created Adam and Eve to live a sinless life. During that time they walked with God daily in the Garden of Eden, carefree and without worry or doubt, without the knowledge of good and evil, without even knowing what sin was!
It wasn’t until both Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that they knew about sin, about good and evil.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
After this not only did they gain knowledge, but they also must pay the penalty for their sin! Not only them, but for all of their descendants as well, this includes every person who has ever lived.
We will all die (unless we are raptured first), this is a consequence of sin. We don’t just die physically, but we are also born spiritually dead, also a result of the first sin Adam and Eve committed. Once again, not the way God intended for it to be.
The penalty for sin is death, physical death and spiritual death. Every person deserves Hell, they deserve death. None of us deserve heaven, none of us are worthy to be called children of God, it is God’s grace that saves us from spiritual death, saves us from what we really deserve!
It is only faith in God that saves, only by truly believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior that gives you a new spirit and eternal life! Why is that?
Because, there must be a payment for our sin, and the payment for sin is death.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The wages of sin is death, another meaning is the payment of sin is death, it requires a sacrifice of death to pay for our sin debt. That’s why the Jews have sacrificed unblemished lambs for the atonement of their sins. However, this was merely a foreshadowing of things to come, a shadow of the only true atonement for our sins, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ on the cross!
The only sacrifice for our sins must be death, and it must be given by a sinless person, an unblemished person. That person must take our place in death and in Hell. Jesus Christ did both! He took upon Himself all of our sins, He died for us, in our place, then He descended into Hell, also taking our place there for us so that we wouldn’t have to go! Then He ascended from Hell, conquering both death and Hades! He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He rules and reigns the universe next to God His Father.
If you have children, then most of you would more than likely take their place if they had to endure pain and suffering, or if they lost their life you would probably have given yours in their place. This is what Jesus Christ has done for us! He gave His life so that He could save ours! He went to Hell for us so that we wouldn’t have to!
If Jesus only died on the cross and did not arise from the dead, then Christianity would have never even begun in the first place! But He did!
God gives us His grace, and that is the saving grace of Jesus Christ! Jesus has the power to save, He is the propitiation for all of our sins. He is the only way to pay our sin debt, other than that we are all destined for death and Hell! Faith in Jesus Christ means that we not only believe these things about Him, but that we also turn our lives over to Him, that we accept Him as our God!
The substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross is more than just a sacrifice of life, it is life itself! It is eternal life with God, it is power, glory, and honor to our Father in heaven!
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we are replacing our life with His, we are putting on new life, we are both conquering and conquerors! All of our sins are washed clean, separated from us as far as the East is from the West, that is infinity! We are seen in the eyes of our Father in heaven as if He is seeing His Son Jesus Christ, holy, righteous, and pure!
If you do not yet know Jesus Christ, then what are you waiting for? If what I am saying is the truth, and it is, then why would you want to spend eternity in Hell?!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!