romans 6:23 sermon

IS INCREASINGLY GLORIOUS FOREVER. A MOMENTOUS BLESSING. Because wages do always imply a merit in the work requiring such a compensation. )Death and life: the wage and the giftC. But original corruption in every infant is voluntary, not indeed in his own person, but in Adam his representative. It is the antidote to spiritual death, for it brings us into union with God. What a miracle, then, when the Divine life comes streaming down into the dead heart I What a blessedness when God interposes and finds a way by which the wage most justly due shall not be paid!II. II. A SECRET OF THE CHRISTIAN'S UNREST. (3) Eternal death is the perpetual separation of both body and soul from God's presence and favour. If men in the world to come could say, "This misery has come upon us arbitrarily, quite apart from its just results," then they would derive some comfort. Now all these things are so many breaches made upon our happiness and well-being, without which life is not life, but a thin, insipid existence.2. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. (b)In Christ, ours only by appropriation. Perfect immunity from all the sufferings and dangers to which we are here exposed.2. He gives to the individual soul all he possesses, and to society all it has. Fallen man loves sin and dreads death. When we reach the celestial world, we shall find that there as well as here, Christ is "all in all."(T. 9. (2) Since we received eternal life we have gone on to grow. Both good works and good feelings are the fruit of the heavenly life which enters the heart, and make us conscious of its entrance by working in us repentance and faith in Christ. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." Eternal life, however, is the best gift of God. (2) Sin pays some of its wages on account, it gives sometimes an instalment of hell on earth. Men are so accustomed to the exchange of equivalents, that any other course comes with an element of surprise. (3) Eternal death is the perpetual separation of both body and soul from God's presence and favour. Now, God's law seeks the greatest good of all; and therefore, to set it at nought for the sake of personal indulgence, is to violate the principle of benevolence. It is not the reward of merit.3. It is true that grace does save such. We make the lightning to run on our errands, and we take the vapour that lifts the lid of the kettle to propel the mammoth ship across the sea, or the car which carries us over mountains, or sets in motion thousands of factories all over our land. (2) Spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God, in whose favour is life. G. H. Spurgeon.I. (2) And it begins well. We pay for our primary schooling; but for the great thoughts of men who have lived, what returns can we make? It is dark, as was the mount, until the Lord rose, in the luminous majesty of His presence, above it.II. He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. (2) A renewed state of the affections and will: the law of God is approved, and the love of God is established in the heart, as its supreme and governing motive. We must not take it as the separation of the soul from the body, for that is rather the consummation of death, the last blow given to the falling tree. If we have accepted it let us abide in it. But, then, what are those first inclinations which dispose us to such bad imitations?2. The riches, joys, and capabilities of the celestial life are measured by the service rendered; "to every man according to his works," "five cities," or "ten cities," as the case may be. Now, God's law seeks the greatest good of all; and therefore, to set it at nought for the sake of personal indulgence, is to violate the principle of benevolence. The government would also post the just punishment brought by the judge. (b)Begun to us when we grasped it. The idea of a gift coming to one suddenly and undeserved he does not entertain, except as a fiction, such as may amuse him as a daydream. At the same time it is true that men are receiving gifts from another, where they cannot make any return whatever. (3) Yes, and when we get to heaven, and the eternal life shall there be developed as a bud opens into a full-blown rose; then we shall confess that our life was all the free gift of God in Christ.2. And, as at the first creation, so in the new. In every sin which a man deliberately commits, he takes down a draught of deadly poison. This He has done from the impulse of His own amazing generosity and love.III. Then comes "the peace which passeth all understanding."III. We must not take it as the separation of the soul from the body, for that is rather the consummation of death, the last blow given to the falling tree. Men will even in the most lawful pleasures do that which if required of them in an ordinary day's work would be the subject of much grumbling. SIN. Man, as God intended him to be, is man enjoying life; man, as sin makes him, is man abiding in death. There are three parts of you — body, mind, and spirit; and every sin you commit helps to kill one of these three, and in many cases to kill all three together. Judicial. Sin earns wages, but eternal life is the gift of God, as personal life is a bestowment: it crowns and glorifies all others. The malefactor is made as pure as a babe. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." A. Certainly God will not lay upon the wicked more of these terrible "wages" than they individually deserve. Eternal death. But death here is placed in contrast to "eternal life," and means eternal death. It may be objected that if one is wholly happy, according to his capacity, what matters it if there be those of larger capacities than his? (2) And death deserved. Indeed, we may say that Jesus is our eternal life. This was a foreshadowing of the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. (1) Its demands are easy. He died for us, surely we can live for Him. The opposite of those of sin. Now, if sin did not entail death and misery, it would be an injustice. The wretched debauchee often finds it so. But is it possible for anything that wears the name of reason, to be so much a fool as to mock at death too? (b)Begun to us when we grasped it. (1) All by nature. THE SECRET OF PEACE, in simply accepting this Divine gift from the source of infinite compassion and grace. To serve Satan, self, the world, is attractive to human nature. Incessant activity.6. Individual minds have toiled and studied, and we reap the fruits of their patience, skill, and success. For these many make no acknowledgments whatever; while He continues to shower His gifts upon them. Here is —I. The majority are materially. How shall we compensate the artist whose gifts quicken our minds to higher perceptions of beauty, or the poet who sings us into the Elysium of thought? (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. Self-control, self-denial, self-sacrifice. Satisfaction comes from what we are, and not from what we get. (1) See how by many diseases and deliriums the drunkard destroys himself; he has only to drink hard enough, and his grave will be digged. Here is —I. Sin earns wages, but eternal life is the gift of God, as personal life is a bestowment: it crowns and glorifies all others. The soul is dead when destitute of holiness and happiness; of the disposition to do well, and of the power to enjoy God. God did not take our sin and sweep it under the carpet. The blessing specified. The righteous do enter into life, become heirs of life, enjoy ante-pasts of the infinite fulness which is to be hereafter revealed. If you have spent evenings in frivolity with worldlings, you have felt the deadening influence of their society.4. And let us learn not to look at anything in ourselves to justify our expectation of it: and let us not, when we find nothing but demerit in ourselves, be disheartened, but believe that when we were fit only for everlasting punishment, God stepped forward to grant unto us eternal life. Brown. All are morally. I. The quiet of the home he terms slow, so he launches into a whirlpool of dissipation, and singing "Begone, dull care." So we do not receive inspiration from any great mind, except as we bring our mind into responsiveness to it. The responsibility is mine.IV. We were held captive to obey our old, cruel master, sin. (2) In freedom from physical and mental pain and sorrow. The riches, joys, and capabilities of the celestial life are measured by the service rendered; "to every man according to his works," "five cities," or "ten cities," as the case may be. Horton. It is not the reward of merit.3. Sunshine requires the open eye, but a man may refuse to open his eye; still it is God's gift. (5) They belong to all grades of society. Now, if sin did not entail death and misery, it would be an injustice. (c)A part of Christ, continued to us only by indwelling. There are three parts of you — body, mind, and spirit; and every sin you commit helps to kill one of these three, and in many cases to kill all three together. If the reward be not in the grosser form of money, or in that which money can purchase, still it is true that one earns his wages. (4) Satan sets a fourth to act the hypocrite, and for this service he pays the highest wages, and right he should, for the work must be tremendous. The soul is divested of the fear of death, and Christ fills the believer with His joy, and that joy is full. (4) They belong to all ages. The pleasure that once enchanted him by frequent indulgence becomes insipid; something stronger, more vicious is needed to stimulate his jaded spirits. (2) No man could procure it for himself.2. And how about the end, when the gift is received in full?3. And it is the desire of every noble, unselfish mind to carry on to the future their beneficent influence that the coming generation may surpass the present,3. There is a short radius to a child's circumference of happiness. Unlike other employers he never diminishes the number of his hands, for if any are by grace persuaded to leave his service it goes much against his grain. ETERNAL LIFE IS THE GIFT OF GOD.1. "(5) To communicate that grace which enables us to lay hold on eternal life.(J. When received by us, what service is too hard, what sacrifice too vast, what worship too exultant! (2) And no wages can be earned therein. There is punishment, but then there is a “severer punishment.” The punishment this person receives is “deserved.” These are the wages that he has earned by his flagrant, continual unbelief. Sin would step not only into God's throne, but also into His room. THE IMPULSE OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE. Thus we see how many of the things which we enjoy have come to us as gifts. Because wages presuppose service. LIFE.1. If we say that all sin is the same, that would mean that God is unjust and does not operate an equitable kingdom. The pleasure that once enchanted him by frequent indulgence becomes insipid; something stronger, more vicious is needed to stimulate his jaded spirits. We call it dissolution. It will engross all a man's industry, drink up all his time; it is a drudgery without intermission, a business without vacation. We are to receive it as such, in simplicity of spirit and with grateful joy. Let us not thus treat God. (1) The death of the body is but the result of sin. It was solely of His goodness, and for His glory. Oh, misery, to have wrought so long in a service which brings such terrible wages!10. South, D. D.)Eternal lifeJ. Will be paid in full. There are still higher endowments that come to us from those whom we only know by those impressions made upon us by their chivalric career, and to whom we can make no more return than we by lighting matches can add to the splendour of the distant, brilliant sun. ITS GRATUITOUS CHARACTER.1. The wages paid them. (a) Sin is a direct stroke at God's sovereignty. The opposite of those of sin. (4) The positive infliction of punishment as a token of God's anger at sin.III. Will be paid in full. "Gift of God is eternal life." THE MEDIUM OF ITS BESTOWMENT.1. Death temporal. There are sins of deed, of speech, of deportment, of looks, of motive, desire, imagination, thought, of negation, and omission. This we received from those to whom it came as an inspiration of Providence, and an operation of intelligent, unwearied power. The realisation of it dispels our sorrows and forbids our tears.V. no arm in the crossing! (2) Moreover, we have life eternal, too, never ending.3. It must be for some object of self-gratification incompatible with obedience to God. It is not the reward of our deserts. THE MEDIUM OF ITS BESTOWMENT.1. The very God whose honour we have outraged by sin, comes forward to "seek and save the lost. Indeed, action is only a consummation of desire; and could we imagine an outward action performable without it, it would be rather the shell and outside of a sin than properly a Sin itself. The ear of one is satisfied with a rude melody; another man is thrilled to the depths of his being by delicious harmonies. If this consciousness comes into our soul, then no sword or stake can fright us, for our life is interlocked with heaven. Freedom and gladness come from other gifts, but here is the supreme one of all. And how much more is this true with the gay man of the world. The bad habits, bad passions, bad methods of thought, in which they have indulged in youth, remain more or less, and make them worse men, sillier men, less useful men, less happy men, sometimes to their lives' end; and they, if they be true Christians, know it, and repent of their early sins, and not once for all only, but all their lives long, because they feel that they have weakened and worsened themselves thereby. In the New Testament, we read the same severe punishment for sin. (2) And it begins well. He has set such a mark upon it as compels every individual to feel and show in his own person the guiltiness of this accursed thing.2. Forget not the channel through whom it flows; it is a gift to thee, because thy Lord paid all.(A. The riches, joys, and capabilities of the celestial life are measured by the service rendered; "to every man according to his works," "five cities," or "ten cities," as the case may be. Why, then, will you go further in sin?9. (c)A part of Christ, continued to us only by indwelling. It is the wages of sin. It matters not to him whether trade be slack or otherwise, he can always find employment for all. It is the gift of God. Hitherto they that have worked for sin have found no profit in it (ver. He that hath the Son hath life. Death is the ultimate wage of sin. (3) This selfishness may assume a great variety of forms. And undoubtedly the service of sin is of all others the most laborious. It is but equitable that he who sows should also reap (Galatians 6:8). All we get comes undeserved.II. It is through and "in Jesus Christ our Lord," who supplies the working strength. In what does it consist? It cannot be purchased.2. (2) But we are servants also by voluntary choice. Natural. So we do not receive inspiration from any great mind, except as we bring our mind into responsiveness to it. THE SECRET OF PEACE, in simply accepting this Divine gift from the source of infinite compassion and grace. We must not take it as the separation of the soul from the body, for that is rather the consummation of death, the last blow given to the falling tree. (1) All by nature. Further, Jesus taught that if a man has hatred in his heart toward another person, then he has committed murder before God. (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. This is true even if the act was never performed. It is the wages of sin. Conway, M. A.The Word of God abounds with striking contrasts, which picture the opposite character and portion of the two great classes into which all mankind are divided before God. The epithet, "eternal. (a) The sin of our words (Matthew 12:37). Sin is discovered under two distinct aspects. The title of the sermon is The Wages of Sin and the Gift of God. To be sitting up when others sleep, and to go to bed when others rise; to be exposed to quarrels, to have redness of eyes, a weakened body and a besotted mind? Sunshine requires the open eye, but a man may refuse to open his eye; still it is God's gift. There are three parts of you — body, mind, and spirit; and every sin you commit helps to kill one of these three, and in many cases to kill all three together. (2) Why should any creature throw off God's authority and govern himself? It is false to conceive of the Christian life as a joyless way of self-denial trod by us to purchase a bliss beyond.II. "(1) This word denotes everlastingness of duration. Life is not the wages of our obedience. We must not take it as the separation of the soul from the body, for that is rather the consummation of death, the last blow given to the falling tree. Sometimes this peace may come suddenly, filling the soul with glory; sometimes it may come after long, weary searching for it; sometimes at the end of life; when the light of life has almost gone out, as it flickers in the socket and speech falters, I say, "I can do nothing; I take the gift of God!" Death is the natural result of all sin. In the sight of God there is not much to choose between Bethnal Green and Belgravia, Westbourne and Whitechapel. The horrors which attend upon the filthy lusts of the flesh I will not dare to mention; but many a body rotting above ground shall be my silent witness. It includes Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, and Romans 10:9-13. "(1) This word denotes everlastingness of duration. Everything that comes to us from the past is a gift. In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. The righteous do enter into life, become heirs of life, enjoy ante-pasts of the infinite fulness which is to be hereafter revealed. 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