In the present age, sin is described as a â€śpassing pleasure,â€ť Heb. 11:25. Yet in the age to come, when the non-Christian is left to reap the wages of his sin in full, that state is a horrible place where, â€ś...their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched,â€ť Mk. 9:48. So whatâ€™s the difference? What is it about this current age that makes sin pleasurable? The Presence of Godâ€™s grace (cf. Rom. 2:4)!
In the case of the Christian, how ought God to respond when one of His children holds a cavalier attitude toward sin? One who knows â€śthe wages of sinâ€ť and yet thinks nothing of indulging in it? We would expect nothing less than God lifting His grace and allowing the sinning Christian to get a fuller taste of his sin (cf. Judges 10:13; Ps. 81:11-12; 2 Chron. 24:20)!