Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NASB)
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Wages- Can you explain what wages are? Have you ever worked for wages? How would you feel if after a week’s work your boss said you are not going to get paid today? We know its right to be paid.
Sin produces wages. What do you think of when you hear the word sin? Sin can be both an attitude and action? If both which is the driver? Does God ever seem far away? Sin is apathy or rebellion against God. In either case what happens to our relationship with God?
Death always results in separation. When a living person is dead to God we are separated from Him. We have no relationship to God. When problems come in life we cannot turn to God because we are separated from Him. When we look for hope we are left to turn to self and others, often we are hopeless.
But symbolizes that the bad is about to be contrasted with the good.
Gift – If wages are something we earn what is a gift? If something is a gift what happens if we refuse it?
God has a free gift for each person. Sin is leaving God out of our lives either by apathy or active rebellion. We are self-centered and consumed with our selves. God is just the opposite, He is selfless and loves every person and wants everyone to accept His free gift.
Eternal life is the opposite of death on the other side of the chasm. God created people and wants them to have a relationship with Him that is an eternal friendship. What an amazing thought. We become His children and friends forever and as a result can go to Him for help and hope. We are never alone again.
Jesus is the source of eternal life because of His death on the cross. On the 3rd day He arose and 40 days later He ascended to heaven. When a person chooses sin there are wages, death. Someone must pay the penalty for sin? Jesus died in our place and gives each person the opportunity to exchange their sin for a relationship with God for eternity.
Believe – If you accept the fact that you have sinned and desire Jesus to be Lord of your life; you can ask for forgiveness of your sin believing in Jesus as Savior. Then you cross over the bridge from death to eternal life. It is an instant exchange and lasts forever on earth and in heaven.
Each person has a choice to either reject or accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. We can be children of God and receive the help and hope He offers, or we can continue to try to live without Him.
As you look at this illustration, what do you need to do to have eternal life and be a member of the family of God? Do you have any questions?
Is there anything that keeps you from believing in Jesus and beginning that relationship now?
You can pray for forgiveness based on the death and resurrection of Jesus in your own words or you can pray this simple prayer.
Simple prayer: “Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” Amen
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Henry Luke 3/18/2018
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