Introduction: In case you didn’t know, wages is pay given for labor. However, “Wages of sin” is the reward of the wicked. Every person will be rewarded. The righteous will receive their reward and the wicked theirs. The sinner will be paid for his laboring in sin. All his rewards will be evil. Living in sin is a liability in two ways: First, it pays off in evil. Second, the sinner continually pays for living in sin. Every day of the sinner’s life he pays an installment for living in sin; in the final end he will be given death.
What then is the Wages of the Wicked? – Every laboring man is interested in amount of his wages. Those laboring in sin should know what their final wages will be. Those who realize the disadvantages of laboring in sin will surely quit their job and take a position on the Lord’s side where their wages will be satisfactory. And here’s why—
Because, Wages of Sin is the Visible or Sensitive Consequence of Sin Experienced on Earth – Make no mistake about it, the writer of Psalm 7:11-13 makes it clear that, “God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turns not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow and made it ready. He has also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordains his arrows against the persecutors.”
God demonstrates His wrath against the wicked every day. David, describing the wrath of God upon the wicked, gives God the position of a warrior against an enemy. God whets His sword. He has His arrow placed and the bow bent ready to strike. The instrument of death is already prepared. The sinner’s only defense is to turn from his wicked ways. Judgment is decreed—IF HE TURN NOT!
Not only are the Wages of Sin Visible or Sensitive Consequence of Sin Experienced on Earth, but v23a makes the point that—
Wages Referred to in the Text Is the Final Destruction of the Soul – We know because “DEATH” as referred to in the text is not the death of the body but refers to the punishment of the soul after it is separated from the body. It is that spiritual death whereby one is alienated from God, irredeemably damned; the deathly torments of an unceasing hell.
The Wages of Sin is the Visible or Sensitive Consequence of Sin Experienced on Earth, the Wages Referred to in the Text Is the Final Destruction of the Soul, and finally, we are told that—
Sin Has Always Paid Off in Horror, Suffering, and Fear – Listen, the way of the transgressors has always been hard. Sin has had nothing to offer in this lilfe or the life to come. Those who have lived in sin have been paid for their disobedience in terrible and fearful things.
And here’s why: the pleasures of sin are but for a short season. The punishment for sin in this life is terrible, and in the world to come indescribable. Dying without hope, fighting the demons of hell, is the last scene of the sinner on earth. He is next seen in judgment. He is heard praying there. At last and finally, he is in hell lifting his fruitless, pitiful cries to an unmerited God.
I wonder, knowing what you know today, will you make a decision to quit your job and take a position on the Lord’s side where your wages will be satisfactory?
This has been a food for your soul moment!