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God gives salvation or eternal life as a free gift; but only to those, who strive and enter through the strait gate and walk in the narrow way. But he gives the free gift of the holy spirit to all those who repent and ask. One free gift is so easy to get, and to receive the other gift is very difficult. "Romans 5:18Therefore as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation (this refers to the sin of Adam and the judgment of spirit death); even so by the righteousness of one (this refers to Jesus Christ) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." Here, Adam has sinned, so he lost the spirit and became spiritually dead; and because of that, we all are born spiritually dead, that is we are born without the spirit. Even so, because of the righteous life of Jesus Christ, the free gift, which is the spirit that was lost because of Adam's sin, came upon all men; that is, it is made available to all men. We all can receive the spirit and be born again. "Romans 6:23 ... the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." In this verse, the gift is eternal life, but only a few people will receive eternal life, and it will be through Jesus Christ. In the previous verse the free gift is the holy spirit; but in this verse the free gift is eternal life. The first verse says that "the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." That is, the holy spirit is given us to live a holy life, which is justification of life. The second verse says, "the gift of God is eternal life." Eternal life, is inheritance in heaven. These two gifts are different. For an example; the first one is like an admission to enter a school, which is open to all; and the second is like the graduation, it is only for those who have passed the exams in the subjects. But Preachers swap these two verses and preach, the gift of eternal life is available to all men; it is like preaching that graduation is open to all men; it is a total lie. We must not swap verses to preach lies. The holy spirit is available to all repented men; but eternal life is given only to righteous people. Let us look at these two verses and study the gift for justification, as well as, the gift of eternal life.
In Romans 5:12-21, the death mentioned here is not physical death. It is the condition of the soul, that lost the holy spirit, which is the life of the soul. "Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Here, 'one man' is referred to Adam. When Adam did sin; he died spiritually in that instant, and his spirit departed with its glory; and so, he became naked. But his physical body continued to live. His death passed upon all men and in that, we are all born without spirit, that is born spiritually dead. So, we are all sinning. "17 says, For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." As death came by sin of Adam, the gift of righteousness and grace came by Jesus Christ. The spirit that was lost because of Adam, is made available to us because of Jesus Christ. If we receive the gift from Jesus Christ, we will live as righteous people. "18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." Here, it repeats saying that the spirit we lost because of Adam, is made available to us by the free gift, unto the justification of our life. "21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." So, if we live in sin, we will eternally die; but, if we live in righteousness, we will have eternal life, by Jesus Christ.
"Jeremiah 3:25 says ... we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God." So, we all began to sin from our youth, or rather, God counts our sins accountable from our youth; and so, we are sinners. Our preachers try to help people and gives them band aid jobs. But God gives them the truth. "Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Here God calls a spade as a spade. God tells that if we sin, we are sinners and servants to the devil; and we will die eternally, means we will go to hell. It is truth. But, if we obey God, we will become righteous. However, God calls sin or righteousness as our masters; that is, either the devil or God is our master; and we are servants. Who is your master? From our youth, our master is our flesh, it is sin, that is the devil. We must become free from this master. "17 says, But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you." Here God's tone changes. He addresses to obedient people. God says that we 'were' servants of sin, it is past, it means we do not sin now; if so, we have obeyed God from our heart, and God's grace has delivered us from the addiction of sinning. So, we thank God for his grace. "18 says, Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." So, we are made free from sinning, and we are servants of righteousness. But we have preachers, who boast themselves saying that they sin every day, and get thunderous applause from their big audience. "19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness." When we were under the control of our flesh, we have done fleshly things more and more. Now being righteous, do more by getting into holiness. "20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death." Now we are ashamed of the sins that we have done before. If we had remained in those sins, we would have been punished in hell; it is eternal death. "22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." We have become servants to God. We will have eternal life. Again, the word of God teaches the truth, and it wants us to check and correct ourselves. It says that if we are servants to God, we will have the fruit unto holiness; that is, we will live in holiness. If not, we are not servants of God. This we can verify; and if we live in holiness, we will inherit everlasting life. Next verse is abstract of all these. "23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." It says, "the wages of sin is death." So, whoever is sinning will face eternal death. If we live in righteousness and in holiness, it will be through Jesus Christ, as he is our Lord. Then we will receive, "the gift of God, that is eternal life." That is, we will inherit the kingdom of God.
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I am a retired pastor of
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My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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