(3) As there is through sin a death to God, so is there a death to all spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14). No man can stand up and say, "I have done so and so, and God owes me that." Death in any part of our manhood breeds death to the whole.3. 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. And let us learn not to look at anything in ourselves to justify our expectation of it: and let us not, when we find nothing but demerit in ourselves, be disheartened, but believe that when we were fit only for everlasting punishment, God stepped forward to grant unto us eternal life. But the commands of sin are for their number continual, for their vehemence importunate, and for their burden tyrannical. )Eternal lifeProf. Eternal life is imparted by grace through faith. Of these two services mark —I. Of all the miserable sights on earth that of an aged roué is the most miserable. (a) The sin of our words (Matthew 12:37). I have seen homes of princely wealth which were but brilliantly garnished sepulchres, their luxury a solemn mockery; and I have seen homes of poverty full of the joy of God, the peace of the eternal life begun. "Gift of God is eternal life." An apparently hard service, slow progress. The first preacher of this was God Himself in the Garden of Eden. ITS GRATUITOUS CHARACTER.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). Actual sin may be considered —(1) According to the subject matter of it. When received by us, what service is too hard, what sacrifice too vast, what worship too exultant! 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. when he is to grapple with surfeit and indigestion? Death is the ultimate wage of sin. The pivot word is "gift." 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. SIN. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. Sometimes this peace may come suddenly, filling the soul with glory; sometimes it may come after long, weary searching for it; sometimes at the end of life; when the light of life has almost gone out, as it flickers in the socket and speech falters, I say, "I can do nothing; I take the gift of God!" Horton. Harlots and murderers, washed in the cleansing blood, are as free from defilement as angels. (3) Now death is not, therefore, what men sometimes call it, the debt of nature. (3) Now death is not, therefore, what men sometimes call it, the debt of nature. (1) At the first, life was the gift of God. Is there no preference? (c)Continuing till — eternity.(J. This He has done from the impulse of His own amazing generosity and love.III. Believe and live. "Fools make a mock at sin." Unlike other employers he never diminishes the number of his hands, for if any are by grace persuaded to leave his service it goes much against his grain. If this consciousness comes into our soul, then no sword or stake can fright us, for our life is interlocked with heaven. And more than all is one surprised to find that he is the recipient of such a gift from one unknown, or one to whom he has stood in the relation of neglect, perhaps of hostility.2. What to any of the great philosophers who brought us the laws and principles we possess? (4) Satan sets a fourth to act the hypocrite, and for this service he pays the highest wages, and right he should, for the work must be tremendous. How is it procured? These foretastes involve freedom from condemnation, communion with God, and growing likeness to Him. These wages are "death," and are invariably paid. 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. Sin is set forth under three aspects. Hence, we read of men being "born in sin," and remaining "dead in trespasses and sins." NO WORK AND RICH REWARD.1. If this consciousness comes into our soul, then no sword or stake can fright us, for our life is interlocked with heaven. Its fundamental idea is deviation from the law, as a standard of excellence or as a rule of conduct. Is he not continually spending both his time and his subsistence to gratify his taste? IN WHAT RESPECT DEATH IS PROPERLY CALLED "THE WAGES OF SIN."1. SLAVES? Preeminent intellectual enjoyment — "Here we know in part," etc.3. 1. The bad habits, bad passions, bad methods of thought, in which they have indulged in youth, remain more or less, and make them worse men, sillier men, less useful men, less happy men, sometimes to their lives' end; and they, if they be true Christians, know it, and repent of their early sins, and not once for all only, but all their lives long, because they feel that they have weakened and worsened themselves thereby. (2) Moreover, we have life eternal, too, never ending.3. Its origin. It is the righteous recompense by which God shows His displeasure against sin. The epithet, "eternal. Before we commit any acts of sin, and as the source of all we do commit, we have a sinful nature — a bias to go and to do wrong. It matters not to him whether trade be slack or otherwise, he can always find employment for all. (3) He sets another to obtain pleasure. And as ordinary life in its fulness involves freedom from pain and sickness, and a vigorous activity, so spiritual life, when fully realized, implies peace of mind and the power to do right. It is important for us to note that not all sin is the same. The miser is a lump of incarnate misery. Unspotted holiness.5. But it is a gift that comes only on certain conditions. It was the goodness and mercy of God that took the initiative to restore their relationship by killing an animal and clothing Adam with its skins. NO WORK AND RICH REWARD.1. Preeminent intellectual enjoyment — "Here we know in part," etc.3. He goes from bad to worse, until at last every sinful pleasure has in its turn been tried, and in its turn grown tame. G. Life is not something to be earned. Romans 6:23. (1) Christ Himself. The pivot word is "gift." And how much more is this true with the gay man of the world. G. Life. Let us come and receive this Divine life as a gift in Christ Jesus. This verse tells us why everyone has to die. (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 wretched debauchee often finds it so. THE SWEETNESS OF HEAVEN. Life. Its fundamental idea is deviation from the law, as a standard of excellence or as a rule of conduct. It is by being found in Him that we have pardon and holiness, happiness and heaven. The one balances the other. It may be objected that if one is wholly happy, according to his capacity, what matters it if there be those of larger capacities than his? I may, as I may put aside sunshine itself, by shutting my eyes to it. This life consists of —(1) A right state of affection and feeling toward God, the Father of our spirits, combined with a happy consciousness of His love and favour toward us. Is that all? Sin is its element and vital air. Their sin is their bell.8. "(5) To communicate that grace which enables us to lay hold on eternal life.(J. DEATH.1. In reality, this is what was nailed to Jesus’ cross. It is as impossible as that fire should not burn, or water run up hill. THE SWEETNESS OF HEAVEN. Yet the death he dreads is the inevitable consequence of the sin he loves. What we need to see is that just one sin committed against holy God is enough to damn the soul of any sinner. They have no power to make themselves good, and being immortally evil they must be immortally shut out from heaven. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." The faculties of mind, all opportunities for enjoyment, and all inspirations of thought and effort — these are not earned by us. And how about the end, when the gift is received in full?3. "(5) To communicate that grace which enables us to lay hold on eternal life.(J. What a vast transition from an oyster to the leviathan! They come sometimes in the face of protest. IS THE SAME AND IS NOT THE SAME TO EVERY SAVED SOUL. It is in all respects the opposite to the death. (1) The dead cannot earn life. For example, if they put someone in prison, they would write ‘thief’ or ‘murderer’ and hang the document on his prison door. The law, though in principle always one, has nevertheless many particular precepts, and is outraged by the violation of any of those precepts. It must certainly be a miracle of miracles if any sinner here does not remain forever beneath the power of sin. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die" — such a life is a continued dying. But the commands of sin are for their number continual, for their vehemence importunate, and for their burden tyrannical. For the wages of sin is death — “The word οψωνια, rendered wages, properly signifies the food and pay which generals give to their soldiers for their service. WAGES. Also the miseries of poverty which leave the necessities and the conveniences of nature unsupplied. Say not that you make good resolutions, but that you are too feeble to keep them. Service of virtue and truth. Judicial. It will surely, sooner or later, be heard. (5) They belong to all grades of society. G. Horton.I. 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. 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. Observe what a wonderful gift this is, "the gift of God. If we have accepted it let us abide in it. "Sin is the transgression of the law." G. Horton.I. Sin bears date with our very being, and indeed we were sinners before we were born (Ephesians 2:3). (4) To create in us that holiness of heart and life which makes us "meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Man may continue to believe in the existence of God, but for all practical purposes God to him is really non-existent. (4) Inasmuch as in holy things dwells our highest happiness, the sinner becomes an unhappy being; at first by deprivation of the joy which spiritual life brings with it, and afterwards by suffering the misery of spiritual death (Romans 2:9).2. Unspotted holiness.5. We inherit mortal life through Adam, but God gives His Spirit to endow eternal life on His faithful and obedient children. Many men have as many different ways of enjoying themselves, yet all may be equally selfish. We make the lightning to run on our errands, and we take the vapour that lifts the lid of the kettle to propel the mammoth ship across the sea, or the car which carries us over mountains, or sets in motion thousands of factories all over our land. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN DEATH WHICH IS HERE ALLOTTED FOR THE SINNER'S WAGES?1. What a contrast between one who is a single remove from a laughing idiot, and an angel of God! Where this life is, there is freedom from guilt. (2) The intemperate drinker; is not his life a continual toil? It stands to reason that it should be so. (3) He sets another to obtain pleasure. In contrast with death, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. Thus we see how many of the things which we enjoy have come to us as gifts. (1) Its demands are high. The wages paid them. Its origin. Scripture teaches us otherwise. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. (3) This selfishness may assume a great variety of forms. "(1) This word denotes everlastingness of duration. )Eternal life a giftR. See, then, what such autonomy involves. "Oh, yes," he replied, "I knew it was in the Bible, but I wanted to see it with my own eyes, and then I rested."(T. For —(1) It is confirmed unalterably forever. Before He could obtain life for us, He must taste death for every man (Hebrews 2:9). God says, “You shall not,” and rather than hitting the break, you push down on the gas pedal and plow right on ahead. No man has a right to exist in infancy. If a child has a violent illness it stops growing, because the life and nourishment which ought to have gone towards its growth are spent in curing the disease. Natural. (4) The positive infliction of punishment as a token of God's anger at sin. The thoroughly sinful soul may be said to live in sin always. Even the Christian cannot fall into sin without its being poison to him. But their heaven is not Paul's heaven.2. In all these there is that feeling of reward expected, because it has been earned. Rigg.I. Believe in Christ. But we answer that the merit of sin is not to be rated either by the act or the agent; but by the proportions of its object, and the greatness of the person against whom it is done. It is in all respects the opposite to the death. Is there no preference? (2) But some further urge that a sinful action is but of a finite nature, and proceeds from a finite agent; and consequently there is no proportion between that and an eternal punishment. (c)Rebellion against Him. (4) Satan sets a fourth to act the hypocrite, and for this service he pays the highest wages, and right he should, for the work must be tremendous. Death in any part of our manhood breeds death to the whole.3. Sinner like some decoyed drudge worked to death. But, then, what are those first inclinations which dispose us to such bad imitations?2. (2) Whatever is not in accordance with the law of God. Preeminent intellectual enjoyment — "Here we know in part," etc.3. Satan has no old pensioners permitted to end their days in peaceful idleness.3. The realisation of it dispels our sorrows and forbids our tears.V. G. But the commands of sin are for their number continual, for their vehemence importunate, and for their burden tyrannical. He will give to any, but barter with none.2. (1) Bodily death is the separation of the soul from the body. And it is the desire of every noble, unselfish mind to carry on to the future their beneficent influence that the coming generation may surpass the present,3. It ought to be the grief of griefs to each of us that we have sinned. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die" — such a life is a continued dying. (4) To create in us that holiness of heart and life which makes us "meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. It was forfeited by sin; it can never be recovered on the ground of our own merit. THE CONTRAST IN THEIR BEGINNINGS.1. Well, then, we have to think of them as failing from some cause or other to do God's will, which is sin. Where this life is, there is freedom from guilt. 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. "(1) This word denotes everlastingness of duration. How will the drunkard, the epicure, and the wanton bear the absence of those things that alone used to please their fancy and to gratify their lust! South, D. D.)Eternal lifeJ. These wages are earned. (1) At the first, life was the gift 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. (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. You can sin yourself into an utter deadness of conscience, and that is the first wage of your sin. Now let us read the context, Romans chapter 6, beginning at verse 13: 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. Children not in their teens, and lads not out of them, are every day through the medium of our police courts astonishing even a sinful world with their proficiency in guilt; and side by side with them stands the criminal whose locks have grown white in the service of the same relentless master. Here is —I. In three respects heaven is the same to all. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." But death here is placed in contrast to "eternal life," and means eternal death. If any of you have been working for it, end the foolish labour. The service of righteousness is at first unpromising. Eternal death. The greater the light, the greater the sin when that truth is rejected. Sin has this mischief about it, that it strikes a man with spiritual paralysis, and how can such a palsied one ward off a further blow? (2) Spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God, in whose favour is life. )The wages questionS. 1. This we received from those to whom it came as an inspiration of Providence, and an operation of intelligent, unwearied power. At the same time it is true that men are receiving gifts from another, where they cannot make any return whatever. This we received from those to whom it came as an inspiration of Providence, and an operation of intelligent, unwearied power. Death temporal. De Witt Talmage.A new convert said, "I could not sleep, thinking over that passage, 'Whosoever believeth on the Son hath life;' and so I got up, and lighted a candle, and found my Bible, and read it over, 'Whosoever believeth on the Son hath life.'" How shall we compensate the artist whose gifts quicken our minds to higher perceptions of beauty, or the poet who sings us into the Elysium of thought? It cannot be purchased.2. Freedom and gladness come from other gifts, but here is the supreme one of all. What is this certificate of debt that was nailed to the cross? There is one glory of the sun, another of the moon, another of the stars. Unspotted holiness.5. Paul’s words in Romans 6:12-14 serve a dual purpose: they serve as a conclusion to Paul’s teaching in 6:1-11 and as an introduction to Romans 6:15–7:6. But it is a gift that comes only on certain conditions. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. Kings, princes, statesmen, and paupers are all equally his servants. There will be no anxiety, distrust; no pang or grief. Heaven is not a sea of bliss in which each of us is to float in equal content. Social happiness.4. De Witt Talmage. Because wages do always imply a merit in the work requiring such a compensation. 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. Ambiguity about the end, when it is the best gift of God. tooth for a announcement. 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