(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. Of all the miserable sights on earth that of an aged roué is the most miserable. (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. Let us come and receive this Divine life as a gift in Christ Jesus. Of all the miserable sights on earth that of an aged roué is the most miserable. He gives to the individual soul all he possesses, and to society all it has. But when they will be obliged to own that it was their own choice in choosing sin, this will scourge them indeed. Fallen man loves sin and dreads death. Unspotted holiness.5. If men in the world to come could say, "This misery has come upon us arbitrarily, quite apart from its just results," then they would derive some comfort. He goes from bad to worse, until at last every sinful pleasure has in its turn been tried, and in its turn grown tame. (5) They belong to all grades of society. (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. It cannot be purchased.2. Had power of choice, are responsible. We read of the kingdom of Satan in contradistinction to the kingdom of God, into which sin translates God's subjects. God reveals Himself to the righteous through the ages, their capacities ever enlarging and the reality forever increasing — joy, power, blessedness, beyond all thought! How great a strain to have always to remember the part he has to act. The sun gives his light, the atmosphere its air, the well spring its water, the earth its minerals, the sea its fish; all man has to do is to take them and use them. It cannot be purchased.2. The sinner earns death as his rightful recompense. Indeed, we may say that Jesus is our eternal life. He that hath the Son hath life. Even the Christian cannot fall into sin without its being poison to him. (c)A part of Christ, continued to us only by indwelling. 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. 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. DEATH.1. Its origin. This we received from those to whom it came as an inspiration of Providence, and an operation of intelligent, unwearied power. Natural. "(c) The sin of our desires. When man acts according to God's order he lives; but when he breaks his Maker's laws he does that which causes death. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. Sin is its element and vital air. IS THE SAME AND IS NOT THE SAME TO EVERY SAVED SOUL.1. (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. E. It is in all respects the opposite to the death. Let us not thus treat God. )Death and lifeW. )The wages questionS. (b)In Christ, ours only by appropriation. Who are the servants who receive the pay? How will the drunkard, the epicure, and the wanton bear the absence of those things that alone used to please their fancy and to gratify their lust! (3) No death. Bible … But sin pays them, not God. The wretched debauchee often finds it so. All life is wonderful Easy is it to destroy the ephemeral life of a moth, but to restore it is beyond human skill. Brown. (5) They belong to all grades of society. Man, as God intended him to be, is man enjoying life; man, as sin makes him, is man abiding in death. IS INCREASINGLY GLORIOUS FOREVER. Memory shall lose nothing, the mind pervert nothing, and the heart shall repel nothing. Social happiness.4. Here is —I. )The wages of sin inevitableCanon Kingsley.Escape is contrary to the laws of God and of God's universe. Romans 6:23. (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. A man has a thousand-fold larger scope. But death here is placed in contrast to "eternal life," and means eternal death. Spurgeon. Certainly God will not lay upon the wicked more of these terrible "wages" than they individually deserve. South, D. D.I. But the commands of sin are for their number continual, for their vehemence importunate, and for their burden tyrannical. If sin is your commander, you will have “death” to eat as your pay. ◄Romans 6:23 ► For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This life begins here at the moment of conversion, when the soul passes from death into life. The life of the present is an undeserved gift. Its fundamental idea is deviation from the law, as a standard of excellence or as a rule of conduct. For as soon as the heart has once conceived this fatal seed, it first quickens and begins to stir in desire; so that the ground and the principal prohibition of the law is, "Thou shalt not covet." A snail is happy, I answer, so is a lark. There are sins of deed, of speech, of deportment, of looks, of motive, desire, imagination, thought, of negation, and omission. THE FREENESS OF ITS DISPOSITION.1. Here is a message of warning to the ungodly. 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. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. For these many make no acknowledgments whatever; while He continues to shower His gifts upon them. (1) In freedom from sin. We see this on a large scale when we face the terrible effects of preventable disease. (b)In Christ, ours only by appropriation. The sin which hires you must pay you.5. 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. IS INCREASINGLY GLORIOUS FOREVER. For as soon as the heart has once conceived this fatal seed, it first quickens and begins to stir in desire; so that the ground and the principal prohibition of the law is, "Thou shalt not covet." A SECRET OF THE CHRISTIAN'S UNREST. A life of —1. What to any of the great philosophers who brought us the laws and principles we possess? So, if a man should say, "I expect only that which I have earned, and demand only that which I have deserved and have properly acquired," and should that prayer be answered, he would, today, be a beggared savage. (2) Why should any creature throw off God's authority and govern himself? Turn now to the things which come from God. He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. Of all the miserable sights on earth that of an aged roué is the most miserable. South, D. D.I. We pay for our primary schooling; but for the great thoughts of men who have lived, what returns can we make? (2) Sin pays some of its wages on account, it gives sometimes an instalment of hell on earth. Man, as God intended him to be, is man enjoying life; man, as sin makes him, is man abiding in death. Man may continue to believe in the existence of God, but for all practical purposes God to him is really non-existent. 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. In every lust which he cherishes, he embraces a dagger and opens his bosom to destruction, he who likes the wages, let him go about the work.(R. Whence has this growth come? I. There is a short radius to a child's circumference of happiness. Sin would step not only into God's throne, but also into His room. Forget not the channel through whom it flows; it is a gift to thee, because thy Lord paid all.(A. There is one glory of the sun, another of the moon, another of the stars. An apparently hard service, slow progress. (1) Bodily death is the separation of the soul from the body. It must be for some object of self-gratification incompatible with obedience to God. (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. The realisation of it dispels our sorrows and forbids our tears.V. Hence it begins with sorrow, conviction of sin, penitence. It will come as a curse upon yourselves, and, perhaps, upon your children. (2) Why should any creature throw off God's authority and govern himself? DEATH.1. 1. 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. Now all these things are so many breaches made upon our happiness and well-being, without which life is not life, but a thin, insipid existence.2. 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. This is called in Scripture "the second death" (Revelation 20:14).II. Go where you please you find his liveried servants. God gives the sunshine and the shower. It is the gift of God, inasmuch as —(1) No man possesses it by nature. And how about the end, when the gift is received in full?3. Desires are sin, as it were, in its first formation. The ear of one is satisfied with a rude melody; another man is thrilled to the depths of his being by delicious harmonies. In the second chapter of Genesis, God says, “But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” (Genesis 2:17). As state. (1) Its demands are high. Oh, misery, to have wrought so long in a service which brings such terrible wages!10. This connection is —1. I may, by God's grace, give up my sin, but the wages of sin are shown in my shattered health, and, it may be, by the sickliness of my children. No wonder if God punishes sin, which is treason against the King of kings, with death; for it pots the question "Who shall reign? Life, eternal life, and life everlasting, are very frequent designations of the salvation of the gospel (John 17:1, 2). (4) A blessed activity of the soul, engaged in the worship and service of Jehovah. There is no room for question. Romans 6:23, ESV: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." These all are the gift of God, bought, and given to believers,(Prof. Herrick Johnson. Satan has no old pensioners permitted to end their days in peaceful idleness.3. (4) A blessed activity of the soul, engaged in the worship and service of Jehovah. We are to "seek for honour and glory," even an entrance that shall be "administered abundantly."III. "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. Kings, princes, statesmen, and paupers are all equally his servants.2. It is as impossible as that fire should not burn, or water run up hill. (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. So, we accept it through Christ (1 John 5:11). 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