Romans 6:23 has revealed to us that God has a gift to offer us in place of the wages we have earned. We understand that gift to be eternal life instead of eternal death and separation from God forever. So, as we think about what we have read, a question arises in our minds. That question is this: “How is all of this possible?” The answer to that question is found in the last five words of the verse, “through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Notice that the answer is a person and that person is Jesus. The writer uses three words to fully describe Him. Jesus, God with us, to describe the incarnate God. Christ, the Messiah, to describe Him as the Savior of the world. And then Lord, the coming king, to describe His absolute authority over all creation. Therefore, the gift is made possible because of the Lord Jesus Christ. What a lovely name! What A Savior! King of kings!
Now that we have completed our detailed inspection of Romans 6:23 let’s review what we have discovered up to this point. First of all, in Romans 3:23 we saw that every man has sinned and continues to be in rebellion against God. Nothing we can do ourselves can change that. Second we have seen in Romans 6:23 that because of our sin we have earned a paycheck of eternal death. That is, eternal separation from God in a place of eternal torment and suffering. Thirdly, however, we see the word but in the last part of that verse which tells us there is a possible solution to our predicament. We have been offered a gift from God Himself of eternal life which has been made possible by Jesus Christ our Lord. God’s love for us has resulted in a hope that we would otherwise not have. Thanks be to God forever and ever! Amen.
In our next session we will continue to look at additional verses in Romans that will explain how Jesus has made this hope possible by what He did in obedience to God the Father. Our next verse to look at will be Romans 5:8 which states “But God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” As we move ahead I hope that we are all being reminded of how much God loves each and every one of us and proved it by giving His only Son to pay our sin debt.