Are You Serious? The penalty of sin is death?
Yes I'm serious!
From the beginning, sin held serious consequences.
The Old Testament books of Exodus and Numbers
include instructions for making temporary amends for sin.
Justice demands payment for wrongdoing.
The sacrifices were to remind the people that sin is serious business
and should never be taken lightly.
The Messiah ushered in a permanent sacrifice at great cost to our God.
Christ, without sin of His own, paid the penalty for us.
Justice was not disregarded, He took our punishment.
If the matter of sin and consequences were not important, indeed VITAL,
there would have been no need for Calvary.
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.