The bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).” Furthermore, the bible says that “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 6:23).” Putting these two together we see that everyone is a sinner and that the punishment (wage) for sinning is death. This is more than just our physical bodies, but our souls that will suffer death and be sentenced to hell.
Consider a man who murdered several people: would it be just to sentence him an equitable punishment? If that man walked free and was not punished there would be a lot of frustrated people demanding justice. If more and more people walked free from murder, you could probably bet that more wicked people would murder as the fear of punishment no longer exists. Imagine that you heard about someone going to jail for life or sentenced to death—you can probably assume that they committed a terrible crime. Likewise, if you hear of someone getting sentenced to 20 hours of community service you can probably assume that the crime was moderate as the judge was not as harsh in his sentencing. Now let’s look at God’s sentencing for sin.
God says the wage of sin, any sin, is death. Lying, for example, is a sin, therefore, if you lie you will be sentenced to death. Therefore, God treats something as seemingly small as lying very seriously. As natural humans, we do not share the same standard of righteousness as God does. In Psalms 18:30 it is said that God is perfect in His ways. It is wrong and imperfect to sin, and our conscience bears witness to it making us feel guilt. God is Life (Is 42:5) and gives life to everything and everyone (1 Tim 6:13). Sin separates us from God (Is 59:2) and therefore separates us from life and the One who sustain and gives us life. When we sin, we are rejecting Life and accepting death. That is why Ephesians 2:1 says that we are dead in our sins. If we die in our sins, we are eternally separated from God and go to hell.
Let’s compare sin to debt.
When we sin, we accrue debt (Rom 6:23). This debt can only be paid by giving up life (Heb 9:22). This means, if you have sinned, your life is the only thing you have to offer as a remission of the debt you have accrued through sinning. Let us keep in mind that God is Just, (Psalms 9:8) like the judge who wouldn’t let the murderer walk free—God will not be unjust and let us walk free either. We deserve our equitable punishment. If we created the debt of death through sin, Justice demands us to pay our debts. So how do we pay our debt without suffering death? The answer is quite simple: We cannot. It is impossible for us to pay our debts with our life while keeping our life. This is equivalent to us forgiving our own sins; or paying ourselves for debt we owe someone else. This, my friends, is why we need a savior.
Jesus has already paid for your sins, (Gal 3:13) defeated death (2 Tim 1:10) and has offered this as a free gift of pure grace to those who are willing to admit their wrong and accept His sacrifice on their behalf.