Whereas Godâ€™s giving of His law in the Old Testament brought us condemnation, Godâ€™s giving of His Son in the New Testament brought us salvation. Having been convinced by Godâ€™s law that we can never earn Godâ€™s acceptance by our own goodness, our good works and deeds, God gave us His Son to persuade us that salvation is a matter of Godâ€™s grace, not our goodness, as well as a matter of Christâ€™s atoning work for us, not our good works for Christ. As the Apostle Paul taught in Ephesians 2:8-9, â€œFor 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.â€
Salvation is a gift of God given to us for His glory. It is not something we can earn so that we can take the credit for it. Since Christ has already done everything that needed to be done for our salvation, because we couldnâ€™t do any of it for ourselves, all thatâ€™s left for us to do is reach out in faith and receive Godâ€™s gift of salvation from Christâ€™s nail-scarred hand. Thereâ€™s nothing else for us to do. However, if we refuse to swallow our pride, come to Christ on our knees, and by faith accept His gracious nail-scarred handout, then, the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, will never be ours (Romans 6:23).
Think about it; a gift cannot be earned, lest it cease to be a gift. It can only be received or rejected. On the other hand, wages are earned. They are what weâ€™ve worked for and deserve. When Paul says the wages of sin is death, he is saying death is what weâ€™ve all earned and deserve. Thankfully, he says we do have another alternative, which is eternal life. Yet, it is not a wage, something we have earned and deserved, but a gift, something graciously and freely offered to us by God, which we can only receive or reject. What will you do, receive or reject it? The choice is yours!