I pray God through Christ Jesus to help us understand what is meant by the wages of sin is death in this sermon in Jesus name, Amen.
To answer the question what is meant by the wages of sin is death in this sermon, we will look at the following points:
- What is meant by the wages of sin is death
- What is sin.
- Why the physical death is not the wages of sin.
- The second (spiritual) death as the wages of sin is death.
What the wages of sin is death means.
Beloved, as we will see at the end of this sermon, when the scripture says that the wages of sin is death, it does not mean the physical death that is inevitable for every human being; but rather, it means the second death that all those whose names were not written in the book of life because of their sins, will will have to die.
What is sin?
Sin can simply be defined as disobeying God’s commands and statutes, or going against His orders.
The first sin committed in the human generation can sum up this definition.
God told Adam and Eve not to eat a certain fruit in the garden, that if they do they shall die. Genesis 2:16-17.
But they disobeyed this command or went against this order by eating that fruit God told them not to. Genesis 3:1-6.
And since God had earlier told them that the very moment they eat the fruit they shall die, He couldn’t take that word back as Adam and Eve had to pay with their lives for the sin they committed. Genesis 3:19.
Now let’s see what is meant by the wages of sin is death.
Why the physical death is not the wages of sin.
The physical death is not the wages of sin because everyone on earth, no matter how righteous they are; will all die at their own set time.
Adam and Eve were cursed to die physically in order to set an example of how the wages of sin is going to take effect after the physical death.
But then, this curse was to be inherited by their offspring i.e. every human being that will descend from Adam.
Therefore, since then till today, every human being; whether he sins or not; must experience the physical death.
However, if we think that it is this kind of physical death that the bible is talking about, we will end up lying against the scriptures.
‘The soul who sins shall die.Ezekiel 18:20
The second (spiritual) death as the wages of sin is death.
When we go to seek knowledge from the scripture about what is meant by the wages of sin is death, we will come to realize that man is made up of two parts i.e. the physical body is called dust; while the spiritual body is called the breath of life.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.(Genesis 2:7)
The physical body is doomed to die; even if it sins or not, because, it has already inherited the curse from their first parents- Adam and Eve.
But the spiritual body has a chance to escape death, if it fulfills the process of saving himself through righteousness; while it lives in the physical body.
That is why at the point of death the body goes back to where it came from, while the spirit returns to God in order to receive its wages.
Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.(Ecclesiastes 12:7)
Therefore, if the spirit did not attain righteousness before he left its physical existence; he will pay the wages of his wrong doings with the second death.
And this is the second death as the bible verses about spiritual death below reveals.
Bible verses about spiritual death.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.(Revelation 20:12)
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.(Revelation 20:15)
Then death and hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.(Revelation 20:14)
The first and second Adam.
The first Adam is the reason why human beings have to die the physical death; while the second Adam (Jesus Christ) died and ressurrected to prove to mankind that there is a second death.
In other words, the death of Jesus symbolizes the first death that all human beings have to die.
Because eventhough He was a Man found without fault in his whole life, He still had to experience the first death as all mankind.
In fact there was no way to escape this first death; because even though He had the power he would have saved Himself, the physical death still had a hold on Him.
But the good news is that He did not submit to the physical death as He rose to life again on the third day after his burial.
And so it is written, “the first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life giving spirit. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second man is the Lord from heaven.(1 Corinthians 15:45, 47)
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.(1 Corinthians 15:22).
Beloved, we can now see that; when the scripture was referring to death as the wages of sin, it did not mean the physical death that we must all go through but rather, the second death for those whose names were not written in the book of life because of their sins.