“Now to one who works,
Are not reckoned
As a gift
But as something due.”
τῷ δὲ ἐργαζομένῳ ὁ μισθὸς οὐ λογίζεται κατὰ χάριν ἀλλὰ κατὰ ὀφείλημα·
Paul further explained that to one who works (τῷ δὲ ἐργαζομένῳ), his wages (ὁ μισθὸς) are not reckoned (οὐ λογίζεται) as a gift (κατὰ χάριν), but as something due (ἀλλὰ κατὰ ὀφείλημα). Paul pointed out the difference between a gift and the wages owed to a person. If you work for an agreed upon wage, your pay is not a gift but something that was due to you because you earned it. You don’t earn your way before God with him giving you some wages. What you get from God is a gift. You did not earn anything. You are not due some reward for some good works. Otherwise you would be a hired hand working for a specific amount of money. God does not owe you anything. He simply gives freely as a gift to those who he wants to. When you work for something, you are due wages for your work. God is a gift giver. You have not earned anything. Have you ever worked to gain money as a wage?