Do you truly know what you justly deserve? Do you agree with that? The Bible isn’t ambiguous when it comes to sin, justice, and wrath. That’s why the gospel is such amazing news.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Bible makes a sharp contrast with what we justly deserve and what we graciously receive. It’s the eternal distinction between God’s righteous wrath and His pure mercy. If God were to deal with us according to our sins, even a single sin, eternal separation from Him would be our eternal portion.
Paul expressed that as follows: “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thess. 1:9). The idea of partying in hell with friends is an absolute delusion. Rather, it’s the suffering of punishment—not just for a few years, but throughout endless ages. That is our just reward for our sins, whether we agree or not. No one will receive any injustice or unrighteousness.
That’s why “the free gift of God” is completely astounding. While we rightly deserve “the punishment of eternal destruction,” God freely gives us fullness of joy and eternal pleasures: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). Instead of being cast “into the outer darkness” (Matt. 25:30), our Gracious Creator freely accepts us for His Son’s sake. That’s what John Newton meant by Amazing Grace.
God’s free gift is “in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The only way to receive and enjoy eternal life is in His Son: “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12). We’re either “in Christ Jesus,” enjoying the infinite fullness of God’s grace, or we’re separated from Christ, awaiting our eternal wages. There’s no other reality. It’s one or the other. Paul even stated that those who are separated from Christ are daily “storing up wrath” (Rom. 2:5).
Those who are currently separated from Christ are urged to flee to Him for their life, while those who are already “in Christ” are urged to hold fast to Him and give Him all the glory. To which group do you belong?
The Devotional Writer
P.S. Coming the 1st of September: Battling Sexual Temptations and Sins: Overcoming through God’s Word and Spirit.