Wow – what a crummy employer that pays you with death!!! – separation from God FOREVER! If you work for sin, you are hooked on such a cruel master. On the other hand, God doesn’t “pay” you to work for Him; it’s voluntary on your part, and a free gift on His part. This free gift is eternal life. You can’t earn it, buy it or barter for it; for if you could, then it wouldn’t be a FREE GIFT, now would it?
We need to understand a few basics: eternal means it never ceases. Also, the basic concept here involves union…coming together with something as one.
Physical Life: UNION of body and soul — human birth
Spiritual Life: UNION of soul and God — new birth-born again
Eternal Life: Eternal UNION of soul and God — final stop
You unite with God in Christ = gift of eternal life
Jesus knew exactly what He was getting into – a painful, excruciating death…a cost that cost Him everything…right up to and including His life. Stop and think now – it cost YOU NOTHING…NADA, but it cost God everything and cost Jesus His life. The wages of sin is death – separation from God – SEPARATES. The gift of eternal life – UNION with God – UNITES.
I rest my case!
Romans 5:8 gives us the heart of the atonement: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”