Death and Life: The Wage and the Gift Another quality eBook from Chapel Library. In this gospel message on sin, death, and salvation from Romans 6:23, Spurgeon helps us to see the wages the sinner has earned and then brings us to the gift of God which is eternal life. "...Death is a wage, but life is a gift. Sin brings its natural consequences with it; but eternal life is not the purchase of human merit, but the free gift of the love of God. The abounding goodness of the Most High alone grants life to those who are dead by sin...When a man is lost, he has earned it; when a man is saved, it is given him" (pages 16-17, printed edition).