I was once in a Bible study in our home and I read out Romans 6 v 23; I love this verse and have always seen it as a wonderful description of the two options open to every man.
I was surprised when a fellow believer said “wow, I’ve never heard that last bit before”.
When I asked about this she said that in her previous church she had often heard that the wages of sin was death, but never the second part!
Of course, the fact that the wages of sin is death is the truth, but it is not the good news.
The good news is that there is another option; the option of eternal life as a gift from God through faith in Jesus Christ.
We can all learn a few lessons from this experience.
Firstly, we all need to read the Bible for ourselves, and not just hear it when the pastor or minister reads it out at the front of the church on a Sunday.
Secondly, we all need to study the Bible for ourselves, and I say that as a pastor. We all must take what we are taught and check it for ourselves.
If we are taught truth, this will be reinforced and become our own revelation and therefore more valuable to us.
If we are not taught the truth you will have to find out the truth yourself, with the help of the Holy Spirit of course.
Paul says we should all study and rightly divide the Word (2 Timothy 2 v 15); please do not believe all that you are told and taught, study it out for yourself.
After hearing a message, reading this DIG or after any teaching please go the the Word and meditate on the Scriptures used; take time to reinforce the truth or recognise the error.
Most pastors and teachers do not lie and teach error deliberately, but we all get it wrong sometime; make sure you know what is truth and error.
Praying in tongues is a great way to help in this, so is deep meditation on the Word, so is getting quiet and listening to the Holy Spirit; but yes, it takes time and it takes some effort.
But it will be worth it!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth”.
Romans 6 v 23…..For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord