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Empty Cross Ministries
February 18, 2021
Daily Devotion in Romans 5
The Wages of Sin is Death; There is No Minimum Wage
In Romans 3, it was pointed out that all are sinners. To most, that is a self-evident statement. Many admit that truth, at least to themselves, because they know their history. They know that they have sinned.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
To others, that fact necessary for salvation is never recognized or admitted. These people fail to see that they are sinners.
Verse 12 examines our sinner ship in another way than none can dispute. Not only do we sin, but we are all born sinners. Here we are reminded that sin entered our race through the first man, Adam. From his offspring to those born today, all have a sin nature passed to them at birth. If one is knowledgeable of the Scriptures and knows what sin is, one should know that he has committed sin and that he was born with the curse of sin on him. There is no escaping it; all are sinners.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12
To be saved, it is imperative first to know that you are a sinner. If you are not, there would be nothing from which to be saved. However, the Bible clearly says, “The wages of sin is death …”
All will die, except those raptured out of this world (I Thes.4:15-17). For those that are not saved by the blood of Christ, they will experience the “second death,” the Lake of Fire, of which there is no escape (Rev. 20:14). There is a terrible consequence for our sin unless the shed blood of Christ is applied in one’s heart to cover it.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
“The wages of sin is death; there is no minimum wage.”
Words to Understand:
Condemnation: declaration of a person’s wrong-doing and/or immorality
Justification: a reason for committing an action
Similitude: likeness; similarity
Tribulations: hardship; affliction
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 ¶ For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.