“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
This passage is strange. I mean, strange in a kind of big picture way many Christian theologians interpret it. Something doesn’t make sense here.
I know Christians try interpret this ‘figuratively’ based on this “Now if we have died with Christ we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead…” (Romans 6:8-9) (figurative since we don’t really die – we just stop sinning).
The wages of sin is death. Jesus dies to pay for that penalty (wages). Jesus then resurrects – proving he shall live forever. You come along. You accept Jesus and are promised eternal life (because Jesus paid the price for sin – death). You stop sinning, as best you can, and you still die. Shouldn’t you not die? Didn’t Jesus eliminate the price for the curse of sin by dying?
If it is figurative (as in not a literal death in which we identify with Jesus by) then why did Jesus have to die a literal death…and are we not paying the price for our sin by dying the same literal death?
The logic is strange to me. All things being equal – Sin – prior to and after meeting Jesus still results in the same thing – death. So what was removed exactly?