For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is a familiar verse, isn’t it?
You’ve probably seen this one on a t-shirt or bumper sticker more than once. Usually, the emphasis of this verse is placed on the “the wages of sin is death” part. I guess because we think that part sounds really cool.
The problem is that “the wages of sin is death” isn’t the preeminent part of this verse. There’s a really big “but” here that we cannot ignore. Let’s take a moment to talk about this big “but.”
Now, sin is no laughing matter. There is a reason why Jesus came and died a gruesome death for our sins, and it’s not because sin is funny or something to be taken lightly. The Son of God died, and he did it so that sin could have a big “but…”
The big “but” in Romans 6:23 takes place after the whole “For the wages of sin is death” part:
“but, the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
That’s a really big “but!"
Does the world around us need to know that they’re sin is leading them to death? ABSOLUTELY. But don’t forget that big “but.” Jesus is the remedy.
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