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Sin brings punishment
Day 11

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     Sin brings consequences because we are disobeying God's laws and rebelling against Him. The punishment for sin is death and eternal punishment. Romans 6:23 says,

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. NASB®

     The meaning of death in this verse is both physical death and spiritual death. We all know what physical death is, because physical death is so ever-present around us. However, I think the idea of spiritual death is confusing to most people. This is because it is something we can't see in a concrete sense, but God sure can. Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. Because of the sinful nature we were born with, sin permeates our whole life. God can have nothing to do with sin because He is holy, so we are separated from Him. God still wants to be a part of our lives but He can't be because holiness can have nothing to do with sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). Holiness and sin are exact opposites.

     Eternal punishment takes place in a place the Bible calls hell or other related names. We either have eternal life through Jesus or we face eternal destruction after we die in hell. There is no middle ground! Do you know that God didn't create hell for us? In Matthew 25:41 Jesus states that hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels. The Apostle Paul explains eternal punishment in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9,

...dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power... NASB®

Life Application

     Sin presents an awful problem because God loves you and wants to be with you! God also doesn't want to punish you. How did God solve His problem? Jesus Christ! Read Romans 7:24 - 8:2. We can only be holy through a relationship with Jesus Christ, but never on our own. Read Ephesians 4:20-24, 1 Peter 1:16, and Colossians 3:12-14.

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