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The Wages of Sin and the Gift of God

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Now, we'll consider Romans 6:23, The Wages of Sin, and the Gift of God.

Open Bible To Romans 6:23

Let's begin by reading Romans 6:23.

For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Now, let's continue by learning more about, “The Wages of Sin and the Gift of God”.

Romans 6:23, a compact and powerful verse, encapsulates the core of the Christian gospel. It contrasts the deadly consequence of sin, with the life-giving gift, offered through Jesus Christ. This verse is often quoted in evangelism due to its clear depiction of humanity's problem and God's solution. In this article, let's explore the profound implications of this verse.

The Wages of Sin

The verse begins with “For the wages of sin is death…” The choice of the word “wages” is significant. Wages are what one earns for the work one does. In using this term, Paul is saying that death is what we earn as a result of our sin. Death here is not just physical death; it also refers to spiritual death, a separation from God who is the source of life.

This part of the verse speaks to the gravity of sin. Sin is not merely a series of wrong actions, but a condition that leads to death. It reminds us of the seriousness of sin and its dire consequences.

The Gift of God

The second half of the verse presents a stark contrast: “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Instead of the wages we've earned and deserve (death), God offers us a gift (eternal life). A gift is not something we work for or earn; it's given out of generosity.

The gift God offers is “eternal life.” This is not just unending life, but a quality of life, a life in relationship with God, marked by His love, peace, and righteousness.

The Role of Christ Jesus

This gift is available “in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus is the means through which this gift is given. His life, death, and resurrection made this gift possible. By trusting in Him, we can receive the gift of eternal life.

This phrase underscores the centrality of Jesus in Christian faith and salvation. It's only through Him that we can escape the wages of sin and receive the gift of eternal life.


Romans 6:23 is a verse of profound contrasts. It contrasts the wages of sin (death) with the gift of God (eternal life), and human effort with divine generosity. It reminds us of our condition without Christ—lost in sin and deserving of death. Yet, it also points us to the hope we have in Jesus, who offers us the unmerited gift of eternal life.

As we reflect on this verse, let's be reminded of the gravity of sin, the greatness of God's gift, and the grace we have in Jesus Christ. And let's share this good news with others, pointing them to the hope and life found in Christ.

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