(2) Which not only consummates, but accompanies it. The apostle sets before us what fallen man loves, what he dreads, and the union between the two. Certainly God will not lay upon the wicked more of these terrible "wages" than they individually deserve. Your life is hid with Christ in God." In every lust which he cherishes, he embraces a dagger and opens his bosom to destruction, he who likes the wages, let him go about the work.(R. The soul of the Christian who thus views it grows restless and troubled, like Galilee's waves, till the feet of the Lord brought them to a level. The majority are materially. Satan has no old pensioners permitted to end their days in peaceful idleness.3. 21). Memory shall lose nothing, the mind pervert nothing, and the heart shall repel nothing. The very God whose honour we have outraged by sin, comes forward to "seek and save the lost. S. Storrs, D. D.)Life in ChristT. DEATH IS THE WAGES OF SIN.1. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. Sunshine requires the open eye, but a man may refuse to open his eye; still it is God's gift. We sometimes call this life integrity, which is wholeness or soundness of being: sometimes rectitude, which is erectness and strength: and sometimes sanctity, which is separatedness from evil and devotedness to God.2. All we get comes undeserved.II. Indeed, we may say that Jesus is our eternal life. Life is not the wages of our obedience. "(1) This word denotes everlastingness of duration. Rather, he is apol… It is the gift of God. (4) They belong to all ages. Whence has this growth come? As state. (Canon Kingsley. It will engross all a man's industry, drink up all his time; it is a drudgery without intermission, a business without vacation. If any of you have been working for it, end the foolish labour. (2) According to the measure of it; and so also it is distinguished into several degrees, according to which it is either enhanced or lessened in its malignity. )Death and lifeW. "(c) The sin of our desires. (4) The positive infliction of punishment as a token of God's anger at sin.III. He said, "Take," and I took. And, as at the first creation, so in the new. Eternal death. )Death and lifeW. Conway, M. A.The Word of God abounds with striking contrasts, which picture the opposite character and portion of the two great classes into which all mankind are divided before God. (a) The sin of our words (Matthew 12:37). Hebrews 10:26 says, “For if we go on sinning willfully.” The idea is, a person knows the truth. Life, eternal life, and life everlasting, are very frequent designations of the salvation of the gospel (John 17:1, 2). There are still higher endowments that come to us from those whom we only know by those impressions made upon us by their chivalric career, and to whom we can make no more return than we by lighting matches can add to the splendour of the distant, brilliant sun. And so, if a man has indulged in bad habits in his youth, he is but too likely (let him do what he will) to be a less good man for it to his life's end, because the Spirit of God, which ought to have been making him grow in grace, freely and healthily to the stature of a perfect man, to the fulness of the measure of Christ, is striving to conquer old habits and cure old diseases of character, and the man, even though he does enter into life, enters into life halt and maimed. But then a Roman soldier did not enlist merely for his rations; his chief pay often lay in the share of the booty which he received at the end of the war. Believe and live. Observe what a wonderful gift this is, "the gift of God. He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. (5) The "wages" generally given are to be paid soon; not all at once, they accumulate. Shall I put it aside as if it were the merest summer breeze which by my hand I could arrest and push back into the air? They come, not because we deserve them. Will be paid in full. Then comes "the peace which passeth all understanding."III. Man may continue to believe in the existence of God, but for all practical purposes God to him is really non-existent. Bate.A man may as well think of buying light from the sun, or air from the atmosphere, or water from the well spring, or minerals from the earth, or fish from the sea, etc., as think of buying salvation from God with any kind of price. In the sight of God there is not much to choose between Bethnal Green and Belgravia, Westbourne and Whitechapel. (3) And where this perfection relates to a spiritual creature like man, there must be incessancy of progress, or development.II. They have done with it as a state; let them have done with it as a law, and in its individual acts.2. We should, however, do great injustice to this subject, were we not to observe that Christ died —(1) To procure our pardon, in consequence of which the sentence of the law is reversed, and believers freed from that death to which their crimes had exposed them. )Sin and its wagesT. If this consciousness comes into our soul, then no sword or stake can fright us, for our life is interlocked with heaven. Life. Because there will be a severer punishment otherwise. Sermons on Romans 6:23. It is not the reward of our deserts. It is the antidote to spiritual death, for it brings us into union with God. Since the Spirit is God's gift, neither are we born with it, nor can we earn it. (b) The sin of our external actions, theft, murder, uncleanness; and to prove which to be sins, no more is required but only to read over the law of God, and where the written letter of the law comes not, men are "a law to themselves. (2) Which not only consummates, but accompanies it. Whence has this growth come? A snail is happy, I answer, so is a lark. In three respects heaven is the same to all. "free gift." But who shall determine the full and adequate deserts of sin? When done all, unprofitable servants, (R.V.) when he is to grapple with surfeit and indigestion? Turn now to the things which come from God. Go where you please you find his liveried servants. These may be the wages that improved faculties would add — the reward of an approving conscience, of a sense of usefulness — perhaps a sense of increased influence for good, by reason of that which has been faithfully and unselfishly done; or in the very highest possible service of philosophic endeavour or Christian duty. The institution of society comes to us a grant from the past. He will give to any, but barter with none.2. Only a choice of service open to us — the service of sin, or of righteousness. Individual minds have toiled and studied, and we reap the fruits of their patience, skill, and success. DEATH.1. (2) Sin pays some of its wages on account, it gives sometimes an instalment of hell on earth. "Eternal life"; and this the Lord permits His children to enjoy on earth; for as part of the wages of sin is paid on account in this life, so even in this life foretastes of the gift of God are enjoyed by the saints. He gives life through Christ. (c) When a man sins in defiance of conscience; so breaking all bonds, so trampling upon all convictions, that he becomes not only untractable, but finally incorrigible. It is the gift of God, inasmuch as —(1) No man possesses it by nature. THE CONTRAST IN THEIR ISSUES.1. (b) When a man pursues a course of sin against the reluctancies of an awakened conscience; when salvation waits and knocks at the door of his heart, and he both bolts it out and drives it away; when he fights with the word, and struggles with the Spirit; and, as it were, resolves to perish in spite of mercy itself, and of the means of grace (Isaiah 1:5; John 9:41). The quiet of the home he terms slow, so he launches into a whirlpool of dissipation, and singing "Begone, dull care." Can two walk together except they be agreed? Peace with God, quiet trustfulness as to the future, beside a thousand other joys, are some of the clusters of the grapes of Eschol, that refresh the wearied one on his journey to the land where the vine grows. (1) Its demands are easy. The Mosaic Law operated under the principle of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. When He shed His blood, He purchased forgiveness for all of our transgressions. Horton. This does not mean mere existence, but the existence of man as he ought to exist — in union with God, and consequently in holiness, health, and happiness. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. There are three parts of you — body, mind, and spirit; and every sin you commit helps to kill one of these three, and in many cases to kill all three together. (2) To deliver us from a state of moral death. The realisation of it dispels our sorrows and forbids our tears.V. Men will even in the most lawful pleasures do that which if required of them in an ordinary day's work would be the subject of much grumbling. They come sometimes in the face of protest. (2) Why should any creature throw off God's authority and govern himself? As an act or acts. We should, however, do great injustice to this subject, were we not to observe that Christ died —(1) To procure our pardon, in consequence of which the sentence of the law is reversed, and believers freed from that death to which their crimes had exposed them. IN WHAT RESPECT DEATH IS PROPERLY CALLED "THE WAGES OF SIN."1. Finally, God gave them over to a depraved mind (verse 28). When one comes to us with a great thought or a rare opportunity, and we turn away to a trivial theme, we grieve him. For although as soon as ever the seed be cast in there is a design to reap; yet, for the most part, God does not actually put in the sickle till continuance in sin has made the sinner ripe for destruction. The installments he pays hint the kind of final recompense to be paid in the end: he now pays in disorders, loss, calamity, disease, discontent, hatred, uneasy forebodings. Judicial. But to merit, it is required that the action be not due; but every good action being commanded by the law of God is thereby made due, and consequently cannot merit; whereas, a sinful action being altogether undue and not commanded, but prohibited, it becomes properly meritorious; and, according to the malignity of its nature, it merits eternal death. He has set such a mark upon it as compels every individual to feel and show in his own person the guiltiness of this accursed thing.2. Is he not continually spending both his time and his subsistence to gratify his taste? Yet the service has a fatal fascination for many. 2. - S.R.A. 2. Whence has this growth come? (1) The dead cannot earn life. You have only to study the human mind, its laws of association and of working, to be convinced that sin, when it is finished, must bring forth death.2. It is dark, as was the mount, until the Lord rose, in the luminous majesty of His presence, above it. It lives without God.II. It is the destruction of bodily death; for it secures to the glorified body and soul an everlasting home in God's presence, where is fulness of joy and pleasure for evermore. Incessant activity.6. Hence it does not weaken and wear us out like human and sinful service, but we are renewed day by day. This verse tells us why everyone has to die. (3) To secure our adoption into God's family, which entitles to this eternal life. He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. (2) We have all known that sins of the flesh kill the flesh; and therefore we may infer that sins of the mind kill the mind. May 25, 1997. It is but equitable that he who sows should also reap (Galatians 6:8). Being committed against an infinite majesty, it rises to the height of an infinite demerit. (a) As when a man is engaged in a sinful course by surprise and infirmity. He goes from bad to worse, until at last every sinful pleasure has in its turn been tried, and in its turn grown tame. Kings, princes, statesmen, and paupers are all equally his servants.2. Their trust in this system is not always strong — are they likely after all to earn much that is desirable? And how about the end, when the gift is received in full?3. In every sin which a man deliberately commits, he takes down a draught of deadly poison. It was solely of His goodness, and for His glory. But whatever the work may be to which the sinner is set it is work without a pause. It was forfeited by sin; it can never be recovered on the ground of our own merit. Self-control, self-denial, self-sacrifice. Its nature. SIN. No wonder if God punishes sin, which is treason against the King of kings, with death; for it pots the question "Who shall reign? Hence it begins with sorrow, conviction of sin, penitence. It is —(1) Whatever is not in accordance with the character of God. The ear of one is satisfied with a rude melody; another man is thrilled to the depths of his being by delicious harmonies. Death eternal, in comparison of which the other can scarce be called death, but only a transient change; easily borne, or at least quickly past. Secular papers often make merry about the statement that "scaffold penitents" are received to heaven. One day he said to me, "Moody, whilst you are my guest, I want you to make yourself perfectly happy, and if there is anything in the orchard or in the vineyard you would like, help yourself." (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. The riches, joys, and capabilities of the celestial life are measured by the service rendered; "to every man according to his works," "five cities," or "ten cities," as the case may be. This word denotes a relation of equity between sin and death. It is in all respects the opposite to the death. Is he not continually spending both his time and his subsistence to gratify his taste? The service of righteousness ends blessedly. It is true that grace does save such. The sinner earns death as his rightful recompense. It cannot be purchased.2. Hence this hard service becomes easy. See for what wages you are working; part are being paid now, but immense arrears are being treasured up in the future. Their sin is their bell.8. (a) As when a man is engaged in a sinful course by surprise and infirmity. IS NOT WHOLLY IN THE FUTURE WORLD. Let us come and receive this Divine life as a gift in Christ Jesus. G. Horton.I. "(1) This word denotes everlastingness of duration. (2) According to the measure of it; and so also it is distinguished into several degrees, according to which it is either enhanced or lessened in its malignity. Is there nothing to choose between them? Perpetual freedom from all these is a common blessing to all.3. Turn now to the things which come from God. Hence, we read of men being "born in sin," and remaining "dead in trespasses and sins." No More Admirably Arranged Lives – A Sermon on Romans 6:12-23 A priest was visiting with a new parishioner and asked, “How’s your relationship with … We are to receive it as such, in simplicity of spirit and with grateful joy. Now, the law supposes a lawgiver, and the possibility of God's law being disobeyed, i.e., that it has to do with moral agents. It is the wages of sin. There is no room for question. If you have spent evenings in frivolity with worldlings, you have felt the deadening influence of their society.4. It is true that grace does save such. Hence it does not weaken and wear us out like human and sinful service, but we are renewed day by day. This connection is —. It is the righteous recompense by which God shows His displeasure against sin. If any of you have been working for it, end the foolish labour. "Sin is the transgression of the law." The wages paid them. We should, however, do great injustice to this subject, were we not to observe that Christ died —(1) To procure our pardon, in consequence of which the sentence of the law is reversed, and believers freed from that death to which their crimes had exposed them. (5) They belong to all grades of society. It must be for some object of self-gratification incompatible with obedience to God. But original corruption in every infant is voluntary, not indeed in his own person, but in Adam his representative. G. Horton.We have to notice three words.I. It was forfeited by sin; it can never be recovered on the ground of our own merit. God says, “You shall not,” and rather than hitting the break, you push down on the gas pedal and plow right on ahead. There will be no anxiety, distrust; no pang or grief. Some are sensual, some are covetous, others ambitious, and not a few are fired with the intellectual passion for fame.2. Thus we see how many of the things which we enjoy have come to us as gifts. “Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent” (Matthew 11:20). (1) Its demands are easy. It is but equitable that he who sows should also reap (Galatians 6:8). The quiet of the home he terms slow, so he launches into a whirlpool of dissipation, and singing "Begone, dull care." Individual minds have toiled and studied, and we reap the fruits of their patience, skill, and success. The misery of the misery of sin is that it is earned. Death is the natural result of all sin. Conway, M. A.The Word of God abounds with striking contrasts, which picture the opposite character and portion of the two great classes into which all mankind are divided before God. How great a strain to have always to remember the part he has to act. And, as at the first creation, so in the new. ITS NATURE. It is not the reward of merit.3. We sometimes call this life integrity, which is wholeness or soundness of being: sometimes rectitude, which is erectness and strength: and sometimes sanctity, which is separatedness from evil and devotedness to God.2. It is —(1) Whatever is not in accordance with the character of God. LIFE.1. There is no room for question. Conclusion: Sin plays the bait of a little, contemptible, silly pleasure or profit; but it hides that fatal hook by which that great catcher of souls shall drag them down to his eternal execution. Some people commit sins that are more egregious than other sins and earn a greater paycheck. To be sitting up when others sleep, and to go to bed when others rise; to be exposed to quarrels, to have redness of eyes, a weakened body and a besotted mind? For this end — to put men in possession of eternal life — the Redeemer was given; for this purpose He laboured, suffered, instituted His gospel, and sent forth His ministers.2. (2) In freedom from physical and mental pain and sorrow. G. Horton.I. Cooper, Practical Sermons, vol. Conclusion:1. Is he not continually spending both his time and his subsistence to gratify his taste? This connection is —1. As a principle or law (Romans 8:2). Man may continue to believe in the existence of God, but for all practical purposes God to him is really non-existent. )Sin and its wagesT. It lives without God.II. The ear of one is satisfied with a rude melody; another man is thrilled to the depths of his being by delicious harmonies. (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. It was invisible. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. Before He could obtain life for us, He must taste death for every man (Hebrews 2:9). And undoubtedly the service of sin is of all others the most laborious. God gives the sunshine and the shower. But our certificate of debt was nailed to the cross as well. These all are the gift of God, bought, and given to believers,(Prof. Herrick Johnson. (2) And it begins well. Heaven is not a sea of bliss in which each of us is to float in equal content. Though countless ages roll over his head, he that is unholy must be unholy still; he that is filthy must be filthy still. But to merit, it is required that the action be not due; but every good action being commanded by the law of God is thereby made due, and consequently cannot merit; whereas, a sinful action being altogether undue and not commanded, but prohibited, it becomes properly meritorious; and, according to the malignity of its nature, it merits eternal death. In what does it consist? He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. Such as are the commands of sin, such must be also the service. 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