The Price of Salvation
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 6:23
Since our first sin, we’ve had the penalty of sin hanging over us. That sin has a price-- a penalty well deserved. Because of our wrongdoing, we will die. That is the price. Christ paid that price for us.
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” - Romans 5:10
Why would we be enemies of God? If we are not fully committed to the King of Kings, our allegiance has to lie elsewhere. James 4:4 tells us, “... friendship with the world is enmity with God…” Therefore, if our allegiance is not with Christ, we are indeed His enemy.
Thankfully, this truth still stands: while we were enemies of Him, He reconciled us to God.
Are we friends with the world or with God?
If you are inviting sin into your heart, there is no room for Jesus. His presence is eternally separated from sin. We are incapable of atoning for our sin. Trying to get to God on your own is much the same as trying to put together the like poles of a magnet; no matter how hard you push or what methods you try, you cannot connect to God’s presence without His grace. His grace isn’t free. While it is freely given to us, it came at a price for our Lord. It came at the price of sin, which we know is death. He died, so we might live.
How is that possible? How does His death reconcile us? Because He bore our sin. He took upon Himself the sin of the world and in turn the wrath of God.
“Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.” - Isaiah 53:12