I don’t believe our finite minds can comprehend how dangerous sin really is. The Bible gives us numerous examples of the perils of sin. If we want to find out how God really views sin we should study the Bible. The Bible warns us of the dangers of sin so that we might be “wise unto salvation (2 Tim. 3:15).”
The Bible says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” – Ezekiel 18:4b
Every person has a soul. Sin brings spiritual death to the soul, even though the physical body is very much alive. The soul of the sinner is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).
The Bible also says, “The wages of sin is death.” – Romans 6:23a
Death here can be taken to mean not only the spiritual death of the soul but the eternal damnation of the sinner as well. The final wages of sin is the endless punishment of the sinner. The effects of sin do not cease when the body dies. The effects of sin are forever, for the soul lives on after the body dies. The sinner’s body and soul will be reunited on Judgment Day and both will live forever in a place of endless punishment. Revelation 20:11-15 and 21:8 reveal sin’s final paycheck, which is given to every unrepentant sinner.
It was because of sin that God, in the Person of Jesus Christ, suffered and died on a cross, even though He had no sin (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18). He took the punishment that we deserve in order to free us from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death.
Isaiah 53:5 tells us: “But he (Jesus Christ) was wounded (on a cross) for our transgressions (sins), he was bruised (on a cross) for our iniquities (sins): the chastisement of our peace was upon him (He suffered so that we might have peace with God); and with his stripes (sufferings) we are healed.”
Reader, Jesus Christ voluntarily took the punishment that you deserve for your sins when He died on a cross. There is, according to Luke 16:19-31 and Revelation 20:11-15, a future punishment for sin. God has determined that sin shall be punished, and if you die in your sins, this punishment will be irreversible and everlasting. Jesus has already paid the penalty for all your sins by His sacrificial death, but you must turn away from your sins and ask God, in the Name of Jesus Christ, to forgive them. Do it now — tomorrow may be too late!