Romans 6:22-23

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  (KJV)

The first observation I would like to make is the fact that we need to be made free from sin. If we need to be made free from something, then obviously we were not previously free from it. The concept of “free will” is not found in the bible. Before we were in Christ we were in bondage to sin and after we are in Christ we are servants of the most high.

In these passages below, the same Greek word for “made free” is used. Notice that it is an action that is done unto us and not by us. (I highlighted the words to make them easier to see for you.)

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (KJV)

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (KJV)

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (KJV)

Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (KJV)

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (KJV)

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (KJV)

Notice also, that with these verses and with our verse that we are looking at, that once this action of making free is done than there is an immediate change. Our verse says, “and become servants to God.” Rom. 6:18 says, “ye became servants of righteousness.”

How do we know that we are made free from sin? We have the right fruit. The fruit is unto holiness. So many people out there say that those who believe in the perseverance of the saints (eternal security) think that it is a free for all. That could not be farther from the truth. Here Paul point blank says that our fruit, or proof that we have been made free from sin, is “HOLINESS”. Then the ultimate end of all this is “everlasting life.”

Going on to verse 23: Notice it says the “wages of sin is death.” When you think of the word “wages” you think of something that you deserve, correct? It is a payment of something that you have coming to you. Then notice that the word “sin” is singular. The Greek word is translated plural elsewhere but the context of this verse fits it being singular. With it being singular it means that any single sin is worthy of death. (Or as a side note: It could just be referring to the sin (of rebellion) that Adam committed.) Our one sin that no one can escape is our sinful (totally depraved) nature. That is not counting “all” of the sins that we have done ourselves.

Now, if Paul were to stop right here, no one would have any hope!! But, he doesn’t. He goes on with this verse and says, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” {Amen and Amen.} “THE” gift of God is only to His children. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians puts it like this:

Eph 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)(Emphasis added)

Our salvation is the gift of God by grace through faith.

Here are some more verses that speak about our eternal life in Christ.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (KJV)

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV)

John 5:39-40 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (KJV)

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (KJV)

I Jn 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)

Our eternal life is rooted in what Jesus Christ our Lord did for us on the cross.

Tom Adams