The Bible says that death is the right price for sin. It’s like a salary, we deserve it. Death is the punishment and the natural result of sin. But the Bible also says that God gives eternal life for free.
The context of Romans 6:23 talks about the difference between living for sin and living for God . The Bible makes it clear in several passages that the just punishment for sin is death. Sin contaminates and causes more evil and needs to be punished. But he is saved, he is free from the power of sin and he can sanctify himself in Jesus ( Romans 6:19 ).
Sin and death in the Bible
In the Bible, death is more than physical death. Death begins with spiritual death.
God is the source of all life. It is He who gives life to each being and without Him we cannot live. God is perfect and does not tolerate sin. Therefore, sin separates us from God ( Romans 3:23 ). This separation is spiritual death. The Bible says that whoever is not saved is spiritually dead because of sin, even though he is still physically alive.
The result of spiritual death is physical death. The body is affected by sin and cannot last forever, because it is corrupted. This physical death, which is the result of spiritual death, is called the first death.
The second death will be at the Last Judgment, when all who are not saved will be thrown into the lake of fire, along with the devil and his servants. The second death is eternal punishment ( Revelation 20: 14-15 ).
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The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life
Death is the just punishment for sin but God loves us and does not want to destroy us . Therefore, He sent Jesus to take the punishment in our place. We do not deserve salvation but God gives us this gift for free, because He loves us! – Ephesians 2: 4-5
Whoever accepts the gift of salvation that Jesus offers has the promise of eternal life. We are disconnected from the power of sin and connected to God. This is called dying to sin and having a new spiritual life in Jesus ( Romans 6:11 ). Just repent of sin and accept Jesus as your savior.
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Life with Jesus is different from life in sin. Sin only brings problems, suffering and shame. Obeying Jesus leads to holiness and eternal life ( Romans 6: 21-22 ).
Those who are saved will still die physically, but death is no longer a bad thing to fear ( 1 Corinthians 15: 55-57 ). One day we will be resurrected, we will receive a new body, uncorrupted by sin, and we will live forever with Jesus!