Good News in the Context of Bad News

The wages of sin is death.   There it is plain and simple.  Truth.  The wages of sin is death, including all the miseries experienced along the way. There is no escape.  There is a cup full of God’s wrath,and he pours it forth and sinners drain it to the dregs[Psalm 75:8].   Every bad thing that happens to anyone of us is part of and a foretaste of death payable because of sin.  Eventually we come to those dregs and face physical death that begins the eternal torment where the worm doesn’t die and the flame is not quenched. [Mark 9:44,46,48].

This is what awaits everyone. For all have sinned [Romans 3:23].   This is the bad news. Eternal death.  It’s the wages of sin.

However, the wages of sin being death is not the end of the matter. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus Christ was sinless. He was perfect in  righteousness in himself. He alone of all men did not earn the wages of sin because he knew no sin. But he who didn’t deserve death, took those wages in his own death that those who believe in him might have eternal and ever lasting life. [John 3:16]

That gift of God of eternal life through Jesus Christ comes not only in his death taking those wages of our sin in himself, but giving to us his eternal life earned by his own perfect righteousness.   Jesus who died for us rose  from the dead, and by his resurrection we have eternal lie in him, by faith.

Jesus drank that cup of the wrath of God to the dregs [Psalm 75:8 and Matt 26:39,42] and never is it to be filled again.  The cup of God’s wrath was emptied by Christ to the bitter dregs of the terrible death of the cross.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. [Romans 5:9]

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