Romans 6:23

Romans 6:23 — For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Death is a wage (earned) of sin, but life is a gift (unearned) of God.

through — should be "in"

In the midst of teaching that the believer is free from the law and consequently may live in holiness, the apostle shows the great contrast between the life which was ours by nature and that which is ours by grace. The wages of sin is death. Does this teach that hell is the fate of those who commit sin? I think not; in fact, I do not believe that such teaching occurs in the Bible. True, the Bible warns of eternal punishment and eternal separation of the unregenerate from God; but this separation is based on the nature of the unregenerate man, not on his acts of sin. The born-again believer is free from eternal punishement because Christ bore the guilt of his sin and Adamic nature. Just as good works do not save us, so bad works cannot damn us. — Donald Grey Barnhouse, God's Freedom, pg. 174-175

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2 Responses to Romans 6:23

  1. jeff says:

    How does the Barnhouse quote line up with Revelation 20:12-14?

  2. Walker says:

    Revelation 20:12-15 — And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

    Entrance into hell is due to unbelief. Once someone is there for unbelief, that person is judged according to his or her works.

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