(4)Which all may have for the taking (Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17).2. Then comes "the peace which passeth all understanding."III. Unspotted holiness.5. (a) As when a man is engaged in a sinful course by surprise and infirmity. (1) Take the voluptuous, debauched epicure. A SECRET OF THE CHRISTIAN'S UNREST. You have only to study the human mind, its laws of association and of working, to be convinced that sin, when it is finished, must bring forth death.2. Perfect immunity from all the sufferings and dangers to which we are here exposed.2. Sermons on Romans 6:23. The service of sin is at first promising. Who will take it now?Eternal life the gift of GodJ. But death here is placed in contrast to "eternal life," and means eternal death. All he has to do is to use it, in the use of means, and enjoy it.(J. Is there no preference? It is necessary for the very standing of the universe that sin should be punished. It is the gift of God, inasmuch as —(1) No man possesses it by nature. (1) It issues in death. Turn now to the things which come from God. S. Storrs, D. D.1. (2) Spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God, in whose favour is life. Eternal life is all in Christ Jesus our Lord. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." )The wages questionS. (a) The sin of our words (Matthew 12:37). (2) To these we may subjoin the miseries which attend our condition; as the shame which makes men a scorn to others and a burden to themselves; which takes off the gloss and air of all other enjoyments, and damps the vigour and vivacity of the spirit. Individual minds have toiled and studied, and we reap the fruits of their patience, skill, and success. for the end of those things is death. There will be no anxiety, distrust; no pang or grief. This word denotes a relation of equity between sin and death. Like prospectuses promising 30 per cent. Self-control, self-denial, self-sacrifice. Hate it, not Him!2. "Why," says someone, "didn't you know that was in the Bible before?" G. Now, the law supposes a lawgiver, and the possibility of God's law being disobeyed, i.e., that it has to do with moral agents. (3) This development of evil will be incalculably accelerated and aggravated by the absence of everything enjoyed on earth, and which helped either to restrain the malignity of the disposition or to relieve the wretchedness of the feelings. In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. If we have accepted it let us abide in it. Herrick Johnson.I. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die" — such a life is a continued dying. And to the diseases of the body we may add the consuming cares and troubles of the mind, all made necessary by the first sin of man, and which impair the vitals as much as the most visible diseases can do. Hence, we read of men being "born in sin," and remaining "dead in trespasses and sins." Hence, we read of men being "born in sin," and remaining "dead in trespasses and sins." Perhaps you have heard it said: "The best things in life are free!" Is there no preference? (2) In freedom from physical and mental pain and sorrow. Life has been scientifically declared to consist in the harmonizing of our external and internal conditions. Possessed with the evil spirit, he goes hither and thither seeking rest and finding none. The apostle sets before us what fallen man loves, what he dreads, and the union between the two. Some are sensual, some are covetous, others ambitious, and not a few are fired with the intellectual passion for fame.2. when he is to grapple with surfeit and indigestion? God says, "Take," and you do it. G. In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. It is not the reward of merit.3. 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. (c) When a man sins in defiance of conscience; so breaking all bonds, so trampling upon all convictions, that he becomes not only untractable, but finally incorrigible. But sin pays them, not God. IS THE SAME AND IS NOT THE SAME TO EVERY SAVED SOUL.1. For although as soon as ever the seed be cast in there is a design to reap; yet, for the most part, God does not actually put in the sickle till continuance in sin has made the sinner ripe for destruction.II. He goes from bad to worse, until at last every sinful pleasure has in its turn been tried, and in its turn grown tame. They come sometimes in the face of protest. No wonder if God punishes sin, which is treason against the King of kings, with death; for it pots the question "Who shall reign? It was forfeited by sin; it can never be recovered on the ground of our own merit. But sin pays them, not God. He will judge His unbelieving Hebrew people, as well as unconverted Gentile people. Rigg. Certainly God will not lay upon the wicked more of these terrible "wages" than they individually deserve. E. Keeble.Men are born to serve. It is dark, as was the mount, until the Lord rose, in the luminous majesty of His presence, above it.II. - S.R.A. WAGES. (2) It bereaves the soul of the beatific fruition of God (Psalm 16:11). Such as are the commands of sin, such must be also the service. He is in the house, but he is not doing his master’s will. This is called in Scripture "the second death" (Revelation 20:14).II. (3) This development of evil will be incalculably accelerated and aggravated by the absence of everything enjoyed on earth, and which helped either to restrain the malignity of the disposition or to relieve the wretchedness of the feelings. (2) Spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God, in whose favour is life. Everything that comes to us from the past is a gift. Judicial. no arm in the crossing! IS NOT WHOLLY IN THE FUTURE WORLD. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." He paid off all our offenses in full. S. Storrs, D. D.1. (1) The dead cannot earn life. Death is the natural result of all sin. (3) He sets another to obtain pleasure. Heaven is not a sea of bliss in which each of us is to float in equal content. 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. Fallen man loves sin and dreads death. Sunshine requires the open eye, but a man may refuse to open his eye; still it is God's gift. The pivot word is "gift." It is the wages of sin. Hence this hard service becomes easy. It is not the reward of our deserts. The service of righteousness ends blessedly. Sermon 23 -- Romans 6:22 Sermon 24 -- Romans 6:23-- Sermon 1 --Romans 6:1, 2. "Sin is the transgression of the law." It is by being found in Him that we have pardon and holiness, happiness and heaven. There will be no anxiety, distrust; no pang or grief. You have a right to your "wages." A snail is happy, I answer, so is a lark. Sin has this mischief about it, that it strikes a man with spiritual paralysis, and how can such a palsied one ward off a further blow? All that God has shall be spread out and open to us forever in riches of grace inconceivable in their glory and infinitude. Your sins are killing you by inches; all day long they are sowing in you the seeds of disease and death. But is it possible for anything that wears the name of reason, to be so much a fool as to mock at death too? Death is sin's due reward, and it must be paid. Is that all? If a man loses his way and finds it again, he is so much the less forward on his way, surely, by all the time he has spent in getting back into the road. In this study, our focus is upon Romans 6:23, and it brings to summation the sixth chapter of Romans. Man, as God intended him to be, is man enjoying life; man, as sin makes him, is man abiding in death. (3) To secure our adoption into God's family, which entitles to this eternal life. )Death and life: the wage and the giftC. De Witt Talmage.A new convert said, "I could not sleep, thinking over that passage, 'Whosoever believeth on the Son hath life;' and so I got up, and lighted a candle, and found my Bible, and read it over, 'Whosoever believeth on the Son hath life.'" (2) And no wages can be earned therein. Gratitude for God's gift impels every touch of the heavenly harp. They have no power to make themselves good, and being immortally evil they must be immortally shut out from heaven. Bate.). Peace with God, quiet trustfulness as to the future, beside a thousand other joys, are some of the clusters of the grapes of Eschol, that refresh the wearied one on his journey to the land where the vine grows. THE MEDIUM OF ITS BESTOWMENT.1. God says, "There is My Son." "Oh, yes," he replied, "I knew it was in the Bible, but I wanted to see it with my own eyes, and then I rested."(T. )Death and lifeW. How great a strain to have always to remember the part he has to act. Horton. Thus we see how many of the things which we enjoy have come to us as gifts. Will be paid in full. Well, when I wanted an orange, I did not go to an orange tree and pray the oranges to fall into my pocket, but I walked up to a tree, reached out my hand, and took the oranges. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. We are to "seek for honour and glory," even an entrance that shall be "administered abundantly."III. Before we commit any acts of sin, and as the source of all we do commit, we have a sinful nature — a bias to go and to do wrong. Here is a message of warning to the ungodly. "(c) The sin of our desires. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. (3) This selfishness may assume a great variety of forms. What is this certificate of debt that was nailed to the cross? (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. "Oh, yes," he replied, "I knew it was in the Bible, but I wanted to see it with my own eyes, and then I rested."(T. Well, then, we have to think of them as failing from some cause or other to do God's will, which is sin. It began back in v 1 with a question – a question a “Judaizer” would have asked. It matters not to him whether trade be slack or otherwise, he can always find employment for all. Jesus continued, “The master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers” (verse 46). Life is not something to be earned. "The wages of sin is death; the gift of God is eternal life." (2) And death deserved. Is there no preference? Being committed against an infinite majesty, it rises to the height of an infinite demerit. Gratitude for God's gift impels every touch of the heavenly harp. A SECRET OF THE CHRISTIAN'S UNREST. (1) Christ Himself. Desires are sin, as it were, in its first formation. H. Rogers, M. (3) Eternal death is the perpetual separation of both body and soul from God's presence and favour. And undoubtedly the service of sin is of all others the most laborious. As an act or acts. Return to the Main Player. (1) It issues in eternal life. The sinner earns death as his rightful recompense. The penitent thief is saved as truly as Paul; but one has built on hay, wood, and stubble, and is "scarcely saved"; the other receives "an entrance abundantly"; one gives the tag-end of a godless life to Christ and is "saved so as by fire"; the other can say, "I have fought a good fight." (3) It fills both body and soul with anguish (Luke 16:24).III. And how much more is this true with the gay man of the world. Sin earns wages, but eternal life is the gift of God, as personal life is a bestowment: it crowns and glorifies all others. 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. They that sow must reap. But to merit, it is required that the action be not due; but every good action being commanded by the law of God is thereby made due, and consequently cannot merit; whereas, a sinful action being altogether undue and not commanded, but prohibited, it becomes properly meritorious; and, according to the malignity of its nature, it merits eternal death. His case is a million-fold more terrible than before. The realisation of it dispels our sorrows and forbids our tears.V. He that hath the Son hath life. )The wages questionS. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life. (3) The servants of Satan are many. This verse tells us why everyone has to die. The righteous do enter into life, become heirs of life, enjoy ante-pasts of the infinite fulness which is to be hereafter revealed. G. Horton.I. And how much more is this true with the gay man of the world. What do we render for the sunlight; are weal of body or mind, safety, earned? II. So we do not receive inspiration from any great mind, except as we bring our mind into responsiveness to it. )Death the wages of sinR. (1) The death of the body is but the result of sin. You have only to study the human mind, its laws of association and of working, to be convinced that sin, when it is finished, must bring forth death.2. But the commands of sin are for their number continual, for their vehemence importunate, and for their burden tyrannical. But who shall determine the full and adequate deserts of sin? Is there nothing to choose between them? This is called in Scripture "the second death" (Revelation 20:14).II. (2) Eternal life. "The wages of sin is death; the gift of God is eternal life." In the sight of God there is not much to choose between Bethnal Green and Belgravia, Westbourne and Whitechapel. Perpetual freedom from all these is a common blessing to all.3. He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. 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