• William T. Howe Ph.D.

September 4, 2021

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 18-20

Ezekiel 18:30

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Within the entire book of Ezekiel two great themes are repeated over and over. One is, the individual’s moral responsibility, another is God’s righteous judgment. Nowhere are these two themes contrasted better than in chapter eighteen.

Boiled down this is the case. Each individual has it within their power to choose to obey God’s teachings or choose to disobey God’s teachings. Their decision then creates a response from the Lord. He blesses those who obey and allows those who do not obey to face the consequences of their own actions.

Within the time of life on earth each individual has the ability to change their mind and actions. This is called repentance. A righteous person, one who obeys God’s laws, can turn away from their righteousness. An unrighteous person can also turn away from their unrighteousness.

In these cases, once they turn, their past actions will not be mentioned any longer. Not by the Lord, at least (vs. 22 and 24). So, the righteousness a person has performed, if they turn from it, will no longer be mentioned. Likewise, the unrighteous person, if they turn from it, it will no longer be mentioned. This is God’s Word on the matter.

Each and every pastor today has seen this play out in the lives of many. Righteous becoming unrighteous, and unrighteous becoming righteous.

The best advice to any and all concerning choosing their manner of life is to choose righteousness and stay there. It’s called the narrow way in the New Testament. You can read about it in Matthew 7.

For those who have committed unrighteousness, the Lord invites you to repent which means to turn from your transgressions, if so, iniquity will not be your ruin. Temporally or eternally. How is this done? First and foremost, choose to accept Christ through His Gospel. He is the sacrifice for sin. Receive Him by faith then learn to walk in His ways. It is as simple as that. Most in Israel failed to repent. Most today fail in the same way. But praise the Lord God in Heaven, some do repent and believe Him to the saving of their eternal soul and safeguarding of their temporal life. So then…

…Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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