This is playing with words Jaywill.
What you wrote was directly contrary
to what Paul wrote.
I simply asked you. Now I will read carefully your entire post.
You in turn read my entire response please.
Your oneliner quote comes from Romans 6 - an entire chapter by Paul which speaks at length about those who accept Christ and then proceed to sin and do not live righteously with good works. The end of those people is death.
The chapter is indeed on subjective sanctification.
But Paul's words about the gift of eternal life directly contradict what you wrote.
There could hardly be a more stark contrast between the sentence you wrote and the sentence Paul wrote.
Going on about the general subject matter of chapter 6 does not much to rescue your directly contrary statement to Paul's.
A life in Christ = holiness + righteousness + good works = eternal life.
Man is spirit and soul and body.
Concerning regeneration of the spirit - I have eternal life.
Concerning transformation of the soul - I am in a process unto eternal life.
Concerning transfiguration of the body - I am awaiting eternal life.
So I can also say:
1.) I have been saved.
2.) I am being saved.
3.) I will be saved.
Please read the chapter because your nonsense doctrine tells people that they can sin continuously and still get into Gods Kingdom.
You like to play hard ball. So we play hardball.
You directly contrary statement saying the gift of God is NOT eternal life is a direct lie. It could not be more opposite of what Paul wrote - " the gift of God is eternal life "
One hundred percent directly contrary to what the New Testament said.
You want to play tough with me then I play tough with you.
The GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE according to Romans 6:23
You call what I write nonsense then I call what you write a LIE.
The gift of God is eternal life through Christ.
Now you are correcting the 100% contrary statement that you wrote against the word of God. It is a good start.
What else would you add then ?
If it is free the way you think, then ALL MANKIND WILL receive it.
That is nonsense. IF all mankind will receive it then it is not gift but MANDATORY.
Wages there is in contrast to GIFT.
One is recompense for labor.
The other is enjoyment of that received freely.
What your problem really is is the matter of LIVING by eternal life.
That is not the case. There is a cost to eternal life : Faith , Righteousness, Holiness & Good Works.
The cost was paid for by Christ.
If there is a cost it is the cost of denying the old life to allow the eternal life to grow and spread and saturate the soul and body.
The cost for entering into the sanctification and transformation is recompensed by the reward of the millennial kingdom.
Actually, Paul considers RIGHTEOUSNESS as a gift as well (Romans 5:17)
" ... those who receive the abundance of grace and of the GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ."
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
If Paul meant by this that the gift of God is NOT eternal life then he would have written that the gift of God is NOT eternal life.
None of what you write here makes the eternal life NOT the gift of God.
It does speak about the possibility of not going on to be subjectively sanctified - ie. LIVING by the eternal life.
In one sense Paul does speak about eternal life as something we are going towards, living unto, expecting as we cooperate. I am aware of all those passages much more than you think.
But he wrote nonetheless that "the gift of God is eternal life"
and you directly wrote what was diametrically opposed to that. You wrote that the gift of God is NOT eternal life.
Direct contradiction. And I know Romans 6-8 very well. I wrote many songs to these verses. That is praying over them and putting them in song form. I know the subject matter of sanctification in both its aspects - the positional and the dispositional.
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Its all true. But because of all this Paul did not write that the there is NO GIFT of eternal life. You wrote that.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And all of this becomes more graspable when we CONFESS that we have the gift of eternal life.
If you want to enjoy the obedience and the sanctification and the freedom and the liberty and the transformation into the image of Christ and the sanctification the way is not by saying that there is no gift of eternal life.
Our way to enter into the sanctification in Romans chapter 6 and chapter 8 is by STANDING on the truth that the gift of God is eternal life and not by denying it.
Your reactionary medicine is worse than the illness you are trying to treat.
To enter into the riches of sanctification you should AFFIRM that you are in possession of the GIFT of eternal life instead of boasting around that you deny it.