The Paycheck You Don’t Want to Receive

March 25, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Romans, Salvation | 18 Comments
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Everyone who reads this – and everyone you know – has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:23

Your sins have “earned a wage.” In other words, everyone is due to receive a payment from God for our sins against Him. However, God would rather give you a free gift, than pay you what you deserve.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

Here is the way He has made to deliver you from death and hell, and to give you eternal life in Heaven:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:9

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:13


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  1. Good post! Yep, I sure don’t want to receive the paycheck that I (and we all) deserve. Thank God for His amazing and never ending grace and unfailing love to us! He rocks our world! I loved your post on my blog today, that is an awesome reminder of staying focused on the will of God in every area of our lives. I know as I am learning to prioritize more and more of my life, I am also trying to follow the will of God in every area. I want nothing to hinder his work in me. May God keep us faithful and strong and keep us focused on the narrow path. Amen!

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