Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This verse tells us that the wages of sin is death! When sin is committed, when does death follow? Is the apostle Paul writing about a physical death or a spiritual death?
Genesis 2:15-1715 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
When Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, did they die that day? God said they would die in that day. Did they die? Yes, they did. They died spiritually in that they were separated from God. Separation from God is a spiritual death.
Isaiah 59:1-31 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
Spiritual life can only be obtained by being in fellowship with God, having His favor and approval. Are you dead or alive? Are you living in sin; or, are you being obedient to the voice of God?
Ecclesiastes 8:8There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Life and death are in the hands of God. Life is the reward for obedience Death is the reward for disobedience. By your own actions and attitudes, you choose life or death.
John 5:24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Much better is it to pass from death to life than to pass from life to death. It is not God’s will that you be dead in your sins and trespasses. It is His desire that you keep His commandments and live.
1 John 3:14We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Have you passed from death unto life? The Word of God has given us instructions on how to obtain life. We have life if we love God and others more than we love our own self satisfaction This message is a simple message and easy to understand. Your own selfish desires is what will blind you and keep you from obeying this message. To have life you must surrender your will to God’s will. You must walk in the light of truth and understanding which He gives to you.
Revelation 14:13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
When you die, will you die in the Lord or die in your sins? If Jesus were to come back today, would you be ready to meet Him and give an account for the life you are living right now? Have you repented of all your sins? Have you been made a new creature in Christ Jesus? Have all your old sins passed away and you are washed clean and holy in the sight of God? Do you still have some favorite sins you are holding on to? Do you really have faith to be delivered from all your sinful habits? These are important questions which you need to answer with judgment day honesty.
John 8:24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Do you believe that Jesus is your Deliverer? Do you think your addition is too strong for Jesus to break? Do you think your illness is too severe for Jesus to heal? Do you think your situation or relationship is beyond repair? Can you have life if you do not have faith in Jesus Christ to help you with what you need?
So, when does a person die in His sins? Answer: At the moment he commits sin in his heart. At the moment the temptation of Satan becomes the desire of a man’s heart. At the moment you let unbelief or disobedience take control of your heart.
Ezekiel 33:14-1814 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
17 Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.
Spiritual life and death are much more important that physical death.
Romans 8:13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
1 Corinthians 15:19-2219 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Are you living after the flesh as did Adam; or, are you living in Christ by obedience to all His words?
Some people are dead while they live. When the apostle Paul was giving instructions on how families should take care of the widows and those in their family who need help he made this statement:
1 Timothy 5:6 “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.”
Any man or woman who “liveth in pleasure,” i.e. who is living after the lust of the flesh, is dead in their sins while they are yet alive.
In the day that you commit sin, you will die.
Are you dead or alive?