Why Do We Deserve Death?

Q. I’m a Christian. I believe in Jesus who died for my sins and rose on the 3rd day and do not trust in my own works getting me into heaven, and therefore rely solely on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. However, there is one thing that my human mind has difficulty grasping and that is that we deserve death. I do understand and believe that the wages of sin is death, but I have difficulty really understanding that we deserve to die because of our sins. Should I be worried of my salvation?

A. First let’s make it clear that if you have accepted the Lord’s death as payment in full for all your sins you should not be worried about your salvation. It was guaranteed from the moment you believed (Ephesians 1:13-14). God has set His seal of ownership on you and put His Spirit in your heart to make sure of it (2 Cor. 1:21-22).

That said, the Bible says that any violation of God’s rules, called commandments, is a sin and sin is punishable by death.

The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them (Ezekiel 18:20). Since we’ve all violated His commandments we’re all sinners so we all deserve to die. This is the wages of sin Paul spoke of (Romans 6:23).

But because God loves us so much He sent His Son to die in our place (John 3:16). Every one who accepts His death as payment in full for all their sins will be counted among the righteous and will not die but will have eternal life

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

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