We should, however, do great injustice to this subject, were we not to observe that Christ died —(1) To procure our pardon, in consequence of which the sentence of the law is reversed, and believers freed from that death to which their crimes had exposed them. There are sins of deed, of speech, of deportment, of looks, of motive, desire, imagination, thought, of negation, and omission. Certainly God will not lay upon the wicked more of these terrible "wages" than they individually deserve. And more than all is one surprised to find that he is the recipient of such a gift from one unknown, or one to whom he has stood in the relation of neglect, perhaps of hostility.2. Sin would step not only into God's throne, but also into His room. (2) To another he gives an order summed up in the word drink, and there is no slavedom more killing both to body and soul than slavedom to the drink. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. Kings, princes, statesmen, and paupers are all equally his servants.2. It will engross all a man's industry, drink up all his time; it is a drudgery without intermission, a business without vacation. (d)Usurpation of His place; and hence idolatry and self-deification. God treats "sin" as a master. Hate it, not Him!2. When we reach the celestial world, we shall find that there as well as here, Christ is "all in all."(T. Herrick Johnson.I. E. Sin earns wages, but eternal life is the gift of God, as personal life is a bestowment: it crowns and glorifies all others. THE SECRET OF PEACE, in simply accepting this Divine gift from the source of infinite compassion and grace. Hell will be hotter for some than for others. For —(1) It is confirmed unalterably forever. But it is a gift that comes only on certain conditions. The ear of one is satisfied with a rude melody; another man is thrilled to the depths of his being by delicious harmonies. Thus this passages teaches us that we are to “work out our own salvation with fear and tre… (3) He sets another to obtain pleasure. Now, God's law seeks the greatest good of all; and therefore, to set it at nought for the sake of personal indulgence, is to violate the principle of benevolence. Let us not thus treat God. (1) Take the voluptuous, debauched epicure. The work they have to perform. WAGES. Here is a message of warning to the ungodly. As a principle or law (Romans 8:2). All that God has shall be spread out and open to us forever in riches of grace inconceivable in their glory and infinitude. (4) A blessed activity of the soul, engaged in the worship and service of Jehovah. It is not the reward of merit.3. Social happiness.4. Because wages do always imply a merit in the work requiring such a compensation. G. Brown.I. Like prospectuses promising 30 per cent. (4) Inasmuch as in holy things dwells our highest happiness, the sinner becomes an unhappy being; at first by deprivation of the joy which spiritual life brings with it, and afterwards by suffering the misery of spiritual death (Romans 2:9).2. Some are sensual, some are covetous, others ambitious, and not a few are fired with the intellectual passion for fame.2. (1) The further a man goes in iniquity, the more dead he becomes to holiness: he loses power to appreciate the beauties of virtue, or to be disgusted with the abominations of vice. Let us not thus treat God. No. But is it possible for anything that wears the name of reason, to be so much a fool as to mock at death too? (1) Its demands are high. We are in everlasting union with the blessed person of the Son of God, and therefore we live.Conclusion:1. All deviations from truth and holiness. There will be no excuses with the Lord. THE GIFT.1. Receive it as freely as your lungs take in the air you breathe.2. (3) This selfishness may assume a great variety of forms. Eternal death. We make the lightning to run on our errands, and we take the vapour that lifts the lid of the kettle to propel the mammoth ship across the sea, or the car which carries us over mountains, or sets in motion thousands of factories all over our land. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so also death was passed on to all men, because all sinned. When one comes to us with a great thought or a rare opportunity, and we turn away to a trivial theme, we grieve him. NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story. This man is accumulating a massive payout. And how much more is this true with the gay man of the world. 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. 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? Go where you please you find his liveried servants. The thoroughly sinful soul may be said to live in sin always. Endless improvement.II. (1) In freedom from sin. (1) All by nature. "Fools make a mock at sin." Here is the gift of eternal life. All deviations from truth and holiness. This is called in Scripture "the second death" (Revelation 20:14).II. It is the gift of God. Hence it begins with sorrow, conviction of sin, penitence. G. Brown.I. But who shall determine the full and adequate deserts of sin? (2) Eternal life. (3) Now death is not, therefore, what men sometimes call it, the debt of nature. He gives to the individual soul all he possesses, and to society all it has. The service of righteousness ends blessedly. Whence has this growth come? ETERNAL LIFE IS THE GIFT OF GOD.1. (2) But some further urge that a sinful action is but of a finite nature, and proceeds from a finite agent; and consequently there is no proportion between that and an eternal punishment. Sunshine requires the open eye, but a man may refuse to open his eye; still it is God's gift. (1) At the first, life was the gift of God. This argument as to the right of the race to eternal life lies at the basis of our thought this morning. He said, "Take," and I took. Spiritual death. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." It is a greater sin to reject the gospel, deserving a greater condemnation. (b) The sin of our external actions, theft, murder, uncleanness; and to prove which to be sins, no more is required but only to read over the law of God, and where the written letter of the law comes not, men are "a law to themselves. What to any of the great philosophers who brought us the laws and principles we possess? (4) Satan sets a fourth to act the hypocrite, and for this service he pays the highest wages, and right he should, for the work must be tremendous. S. Storrs, D. D.)Life in ChristT. (4) To create in us that holiness of heart and life which makes us "meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. The soul of the Christian who thus views it grows restless and troubled, like Galilee's waves, till the feet of the Lord brought them to a level. There is a short radius to a child's circumference of happiness. The malefactor is made as pure as a babe. THE CONTRAST IN THEIR ISSUES.1. It is not the reward of merit.3. Sin is set forth under three aspects.1. (3) The covetous, scraping usurper: it is a question whether he gathers or keeps his pelf with most anxiety.2. Life, eternal life, and life everlasting, are very frequent designations of the salvation of the gospel (John 17:1, 2). Man may continue to believe in the existence of God, but for all practical purposes God to him is really non-existent. Perpetual freedom from all these is a common blessing to all.3. The epithet, "eternal. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? How is it procured? )Eternal lifeProf. They have no power to make themselves good, and being immortally evil they must be immortally shut out from heaven. This is called in Scripture "the second death" (Revelation 20:14).II. SERMON TITLE: Christian Citizenship SERMON REFERENCE: Romans 13:1-7 LWF SERMON NUMBER: #2080 We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this outline produced from a sermon preached by Adrian Rogers while serving as pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. So, we accept it through Christ (1 John 5:11). )Death the wages of sinR. Indeed, we may say that Jesus is our eternal life. Go where you please you find his liveried servants. If you have spent evenings in frivolity with worldlings, you have felt the deadening influence of their society.4. All these are the outgrowth of that self-will and selfishness in which sin essentially consists.3. De Witt Talmage. 2. Social happiness.4. For these many make no acknowledgments whatever; while He continues to shower His gifts upon them. There is a short radius to a child's circumference of happiness. THE MEDIUM OF ITS BESTOWMENT.1. "(5) To communicate that grace which enables us to lay hold on eternal life.(J. See, then, what such autonomy involves. In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. When we reach the celestial world, we shall find that there as well as here, Christ is "all in all."(T. (3) Eternal death is the perpetual separation of both body and soul from God's presence and favour. Paul asserts, “Every mouth will be closed” (Romans 3:19). when he is to grapple with surfeit and indigestion? Christ has earned the gift for us. (1) It bereaves a man of all the pleasures and comforts which he enjoyed in this world. In what does it consist? It was forfeited by sin; it can never be recovered on the ground of our own merit. Endless improvement.II. Is there no preference? (3) No death. What does this mean? Life is not something to be earned. The responsibility is mine.IV. IS INCREASINGLY GLORIOUS FOREVER. (d)Usurpation of His place; and hence idolatry and self-deification. For this end — to put men in possession of eternal life — the Redeemer was given; for this purpose He laboured, suffered, instituted His gospel, and sent forth His ministers.2. Is there no preference? (b)An imputation upon God's character, viz., that He is unworthy to govern us, that His will is unjust, His law unkind. A life of —1. "(1) It is called "life" par excellence, emphatically "life," true life, real life, essential life. God gives it to us through Jesus Christ, not in an arbitrary manner, but on the ground of what He has done and suffered in our stead.2. In Hebrews 2:2, the author writes, “every transgression and disobedience receive a just penalty.” Every single individual transgression will receive the corresponding punishment. Well, then, we have to think of them as failing from some cause or other to do God's will, which is sin. (2) We have all known that sins of the flesh kill the flesh; and therefore we may infer that sins of the mind kill the mind. Go where you please you find his liveried servants. Secular papers often make merry about the statement that "scaffold penitents" are received to heaven. We must not take it as the separation of the soul from the body, for that is rather the consummation of death, the last blow given to the falling tree. Actual sin may be considered —(1) According to the subject matter of it. THE SWEETNESS OF HEAVEN. Harlots and murderers, washed in the cleansing blood, are as free from defilement as angels. Let us show by our gratitude how greatly we prize this gift.(C. Christians should not live in sin, but utterly hate and discard it, and earnestly strive to perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. Keeble. His workshop is the world. See, then, what such autonomy involves. (1) At the first, life was the gift of God. G. Horton.We have to notice three words.I. "(1) This word denotes everlastingness of duration. (1) Bodily death is the separation of the soul from the body. The majority are materially. If we have accepted it let us abide in it. It was solely of His goodness, and for His glory. God gives the sunshine and the shower. The wages of sin is death, the second death from which there is no acquittal. But their heaven is not Paul's heaven.2. As an act or acts. But things cannot drive them hard under a God who is good. (3) The covetous, scraping usurper: it is a question whether he gathers or keeps his pelf with most anxiety.2. Will be paid in full. We call it dissolution. - S.R.A. They cannot trample underfoot the precious blood of what they have never heard. (c)A part of Christ, continued to us only by indwelling. Hence it begins with sorrow, conviction of sin, penitence. Will be paid in full. (3) Eternal death is the perpetual separation of both body and soul from God's presence and favour. (1) It issues in eternal life. Desires are sin, as it were, in its first formation. G. The majority are materially. No man has a right to exist in infancy. The charge and the penalty would be written on a certificate of debt. IS THE SAME AND IS NOT THE SAME TO EVERY SAVED SOUL.1. The law, though in principle always one, has nevertheless many particular precepts, and is outraged by the violation of any of those precepts. IN WHAT RESPECT DEATH IS PROPERLY CALLED "THE WAGES OF SIN."1. Trifle not with the body. When received by us, what service is too hard, what sacrifice too vast, what worship too exultant! Incessant activity.6. It is the gift of God. (2) In freedom from physical and mental pain and sorrow. God says, "Take," and you do it. But we answer that the merit of sin is not to be rated either by the act or the agent; but by the proportions of its object, and the greatness of the person against whom it is done. In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. The wretched debauchee often finds it so. Death is the natural result of all sin. (2) The intemperate drinker; is not his life a continual toil? A. In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. The sinner earns death as his rightful recompense. The service of righteousness is at first unpromising. (b)An imputation upon God's character, viz., that He is unworthy to govern us, that His will is unjust, His law unkind. The epithet, "eternal. (1) All by nature. The sinner earns death as his rightful recompense. If the reward be not in the grosser form of money, or in that which money can purchase, still it is true that one earns his wages. Because wages presuppose service. He has set such a mark upon it as compels every individual to feel and show in his own person the guiltiness of this accursed thing.2. Life is not the wages of our obedience. Turn now to the things which come from God. The bad habits, bad passions, bad methods of thought, in which they have indulged in youth, remain more or less, and make them worse men, sillier men, less useful men, less happy men, sometimes to their lives' end; and they, if they be true Christians, know it, and repent of their early sins, and not once for all only, but all their lives long, because they feel that they have weakened and worsened themselves thereby. )Sin and its wagesT. It is true that grace does save such. DEATH IS THE WAGES OF SIN.1. Secular papers often make merry about the statement that "scaffold penitents" are received to heaven. Also the miseries of poverty which leave the necessities and the conveniences of nature unsupplied. Let us suppose a man, whose soul is dead through sin, removed out of this world into the next, and what shall we behold concerning him? "(5) To communicate that grace which enables us to lay hold on eternal life.(J. Jesus said that it will be more tolerable for the land Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city where the gospel of the kingdom was preached, but then rejected. These wages are "death," and are invariably paid. Eternity is one long pay day, and the wages paid is death.II. They have no power to make themselves good, and being immortally evil they must be immortally shut out from heaven. What a miracle, then, when the Divine life comes streaming down into the dead heart I What a blessedness when God interposes and finds a way by which the wage most justly due shall not be paid!II. We are to receive it as such, in simplicity of spirit and with grateful joy. Its fundamental idea is deviation from the law, as a standard of excellence or as a rule of conduct. Spiritual death. In the first half of this chapter (vv. His case is a million-fold more terrible than before. Heaven is not a sea of bliss in which each of us is to float in equal content. These foretastes involve freedom from condemnation, communion with God, and growing likeness to Him. Let us suppose a man, whose soul is dead through sin, removed out of this world into the next, and what shall we behold concerning him? It is —(1) Whatever is not in accordance with the character of God. 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. Believe and live. Incessant activity.6. Life(a)From Christ, depending solely on His substitution. As a principle or law (Romans 8:2). So God has given salvation to man. Secular papers often make merry about the statement that "scaffold penitents" are received to heaven. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. Finally Paul says, “those who practice such things are worthy of death” (verse 32). It gives the melody to every song, and joy to all the work of heaven.(R. He has set such a mark upon it as compels every individual to feel and show in his own person the guiltiness of this accursed thing.2. (3) This selfishness may assume a great variety of forms. Fallen man loves sin and dreads death. I. (a)From Christ, depending solely on His substitution. Sin begins in the heart, even if the deed is never accomplished. Death is rendered to us in justice. (3) As there is through sin a death to God, so is there a death to all spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14). In three respects heaven is the same to all. How is it procured? But is it possible for anything that wears the name of reason, to be so much a fool as to mock at death too? There is punishment, but then there is a “severer punishment.” The punishment this person receives is “deserved.” These are the wages that he has earned by his flagrant, continual unbelief. Pays dividends at first.2. There is not a drop of grace outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of all the miserable sights on earth that of an aged roué is the most miserable. Horton. (1) The dead cannot earn life. 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. When done all, unprofitable servants, (R.V.) So, we accept it through Christ (1 John 5:11). The ear of one is satisfied with a rude melody; another man is thrilled to the depths of his being by delicious harmonies. (1) Take the voluptuous, debauched epicure. The miser is a lump of incarnate misery. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. IS NOT WHOLLY IN THE FUTURE WORLD. Poverty and riches, slavery and freedom, darkness and light; but no contrast is so forcible as that between death and life.I. And more than all is one surprised to find that he is the recipient of such a gift from one unknown, or one to whom he has stood in the relation of neglect, perhaps of hostility.2. G. Horton.We have to notice three words.I. There was only one tree from which he could not eat. Satan has no old pensioners permitted to end their days in peaceful idleness.3. These all are the gift of God, bought, and given to believers,(Prof. Herrick Johnson. Social happiness.4. These wages are earned. Gratitude for God's gift impels every touch of the heavenly harp. THE FREENESS OF ITS DISPOSITION.1. The epithet, "eternal. And yet after all this is nothing. These wages are earned. As an act or acts. (4) The positive infliction of punishment as a token of God's anger at sin.III. Sin would step not only into God's throne, but also into His room. For —(1) It is confirmed unalterably forever. The pivot word is "gift." (1) It bereaves a man of all the pleasures and comforts which he enjoyed in this world. Romans 6:23 NIV. If you sin it destroys your joy, your power in prayer, your confidence towards God. Death is separation. There is one glory of the sun, another of the moon, another of the stars. Go where you please you find his liveried servants. In three respects heaven is the same to all. It is life in Jesus. (1) See how by many diseases and deliriums the drunkard destroys himself; he has only to drink hard enough, and his grave will be digged. (a)The basest ingratitude, for who can deny that we owe all our powers and happiness and our very being to God? This was considered blasphemous. Sometimes this peace may come suddenly, filling the soul with glory; sometimes it may come after long, weary searching for it; sometimes at the end of life; when the light of life has almost gone out, as it flickers in the socket and speech falters, I say, "I can do nothing; I take the gift of God!" Of all the miserable sights on earth that of an aged roué is the most miserable. Their sin is their bell.8. Who does not know by experience that a day's pleasuring is more tiring than an equal number of hours' work? (1) In freedom from sin. (1) To one he says, "Get rich": and at the word of command the poor wretch at once begins to toil, and laborious toil it is. 1. (3) Christ is also the fountain that contains this life. Its origin. If any of you have been working for it, end the foolish labour. Man may continue to believe in the existence of God, but for all practical purposes God to him is really non-existent. (3) The servants of Satan are many. The very God whose honour we have outraged by sin, comes forward to "seek and save the lost. All he has to do is to use it, in the use of means, and enjoy it.(J. To serve Satan, self, the world, is attractive to human nature. Satisfaction comes from what we are, and not from what we get. IS THE SAME AND IS NOT THE SAME TO EVERY SAVED SOUL.1. (2) But some further urge that a sinful action is but of a finite nature, and proceeds from a finite agent; and consequently there is no proportion between that and an eternal punishment. 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