Think about the meaning of the phrase slaves to righteousness. The word slave had a distasteful meaning then as now. Paul used such shock language to force us to see that we are saved by grace unto the righteous/good life. The last is the corollary of the first. You cannot have the first without the last.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Here is a wonderful verse, a coin truth.
One the one side, you have the hard reality of being a slave to sin. The world might tempt us to focus on ourselves, to be the best “me” we can be.
But that is a lie dressed up to seem tasty from the Father of lies.
The wages of sin is death.
And if we are tempted to think in this way, we need to be reminded of what the END of the matter is.
Death. Or life.
And this is the other side of the coin. Eternal life. And it is not a wage, not payment, but a free gift!
This is a wonderful verse, in a passage full of importance and wisdom.
* Father God,
Thank You that in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, we are able to have the free gift of eternal life.
Please remind us each day, little by little if need be, of the reality of this gift. Even if our minds will never fully comprehend until glory, please put within us and grow and nurture within us this amazing hope.
Thank You for Your grace and mercy to us!