INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
    In the last lesson, you learned that the Lord God loves you and that He is holy. The word holy means "separated." This means that God does not have sin; however, man is a sinner. Then: exists a barrier between God and man: this barrier is sin.

The Bible says in Romans 6:23, 'The wages of sin is death." When you work for a month, you receive wages. What are the characteristics of the wages of sin? 

  1. Death is separation from God now on Earth. Perhaps you have a deep emptiness in your heart. Instead of pea~:e, perhaps you have tension. In place of love, maybe you have loneliness. In place of hope, you have fear-fear of life and fear of death. Maybe you appear happy on the outside, but on the inside you are empty and have no purpose for your life. Maybe, no one knows this but you.
  2. Death is separation from God, for all eternity, in hell. The Bible does not teach, and Jesus never taught, about the existence of purgatory. Some churches and people teach that purgatory is a place where the souls of the faithful are purified after death. They teach that it is a place where one goes to get ready to go to heaven. Jesus says in Luke 16:26, "That there is a great gap between heaven and hell." Jesus clearly teaches in Luke 16:19-31 that death means hell. 


        The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." In other words, you will die only once (there is no such thing as reincarnation) and afterwards will be the judgment of God.

CONCLUSION: Sin is a serious problem, and its consequences are death. Death is separation from God now while you are still alive and after you die.

In the next lesson you will learn the only solution for your sins. 


Answer the questions below choosing (T) for true and (F) for false, and circle the correct answer.

1. (T)  (F) -    God is holy.
2. (T)  (F) -    Man is holy.
3. (T)  (F) -    The wages of sin are death.
4. (T)  (F) -    The Bible teaches that purgatory exists.
4. (T)  (F) -    Death is separation from God now as well as in hell for all eternity.

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