The Wages Of Sin
Romans 6:23a: For the wages of sin is death; . . .
We have a different view of the wages of sin than God has. For instance we don*t naturally believe that we have earned death. Neither do we understand why two people eating the fruit from the wrong tree would make all of their descendants sinners worthy of death. We do not think that stealing a toothpick should have the same penalty as murder. The sins that look smaller to us and the ones that look larger all have something worse in common that we do not see. It is hard for us to accept the idea that disrespecting God our Creator is the most horrendous sin. Sin against God is worse than it is against anyone else.
David knew that he had sinned against Uriah but he knew that the worst thing about it was that it was against God.
Psalms 51:4: Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Matthew Poole*s Commentary:
Against thee, thee only; which is not to be understood simply and absolutely, because he had unquestionably sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah and many others, who were either injured by it, or scandalized at it; but comparatively. So the sense is this, Though I have sinned against my own body and conscience, and against others; yet nothing is more grievous and terrible to me, than to consider that I have sinned against thee; partly upon a general account, because this is the chief malignity and sinfulness of sin, that it offends and injures the glorious and blessed God; and partly upon particular reasons, because I set thee at defiance, and having used all wicked arts to conceal my sins from men, and being free from fear of punishment from them, I went on boldly in sin, casting off all reverence to thy holy and omniscient Majesty, and all dread of thy judgments, and because I sinned against thee, to whom I had such numerous and peculiar and eminent obligations, . . .
We also have trouble grasping that truth that Jesus accepted the wages (judgment) for our sin.
1 John 2:2: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
We naturally tend to value our mortal lives and the lives of others above God. Therefore we tend to believe that murder or other sins against humans are worse than unbelief in God. The issue is not the relative enormity of the sin, the issue is the value of the one sinned against. We convince ourselves that unbelief in God is a natural and passive thing. It is an active thing.
Romans 1:19-20: Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
We do not naturally approve of God*s appraisal of sin. We prefer to choose which sins are forgivable and which are unforgivable. God reserves that choice for Himself. I believe that any and all sins against men are forgivable. God is Holy. Men are not. He created us. Men did not. He owns us. Men do not. Sins against God are much more evil than sins against men.
Matthew 12:31: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Acts 7:51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
The Father and The Son sent the Holy Spirit down to us, therefore blaspheme of the Holy Ghost prevents the saving work that They sent Him to do. Blaspheming The Holy Spirit is rejecting the representative of the Father and the Son.