Many people (even many in the church) are under a misconception about sin and how God feels about it.
No one takes sin or its effects on our lives and relationship to God seriously.
Many believe the punishment for sin is on a sliding scale from something like a paper cut to an amputation to beheading.
The worse the crime the worse the punishment; (that is after all how our justice system operates, right?)
I mean, telling a “Little White Lie” to mom is not the same as lying to a judge in court is it?
Cheating on your taxes is not the same as cheating on your spouse is it?
Being angry enough to want someone dead is not the same as sticking a knife in their ribs, right?
Looking a someone and thinking to yourself how wonderful it would be to share a sex experience with them is just my thought and makes me guilty of nothing because I did not actually do anything but think it right?
Getting so upset that you say, “Jesus F@#$%*& Christ” is just an expression that hurts no one isn’t it?
Only the really bad people like mass murders and child rapists and Satan worshipers will go to hell, right?
I’m a good person and have done way more good things than bad so I get a free pass, don’t I?
Unfortunately God is clear on the subject.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Come on! All sin?
Yeah. Every, single, one; from the least to the greatest.
The word in Greek for sin is ἁμαρτίας (Hamartias) actually means “Missing the target” or “Not hitting the mark”.
Failure to meet God’s standard is another way to say it.
The sin here spoken of is that which men commit personally, and which they continue in (never trying to stop), the death which is the wages of this kind of sin must be death eternal.
Wages are what you earn by working. After your shift you are owed compensation.
God says that after your spiritual sin you earn wages and the wages are eternal spiritual death.
But what about that Free gift thing? Don’t I get that and avoid the other?
The gift does not change the wages. You still deserve death.
The difference is that God offers to forgive you of your sins if you believe in his son Jesus.
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
So then the wages for sin in your life is earned whether you committed only one or a million and one and is the same; Death.
The gift of eternal life also covers one sin or one trillion sins.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Not everyone will receive the gift. Only those who believe in Jesus as their Lord will receive the gift of eternal life. Those who refuse to believe will receive the wages they have earned.