Ezekiel Chapter 18
17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
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Matthew Henry's Ezekiel Chapter 18 Bible commentary...
God has no respect of persons. (1-20) The Divine providence is vindicated. (21-29) A gracious invitation to repentance. (30-32)1-20 The soul that sinneth it shall die. As to eternity, every man was, is, and will be dealt with, as his conduct shows him to have been under the old covenant of works, or the new covenant of grace. Whatever outward sufferings come upon men through the sins of others, they deserve for their own sins all they suffer; and the Lord overrules every event for the eternal good of believers. All souls are in the hand of the great Creator: he will deal with them in justice or mercy; nor will any perish for the sins of another, who is not in some sense worthy of death for his own. We all have sinned, and our souls must be lost, if God deal with us according to his holy law; but we are invited to come to Christ. If a man who had shown his faith by his works, had a wicked son, whose character and conduct were the reverse of his parent's, could it be expected he should escape the Divine vengeance on account of his father's piety? Surely not. And should a wicked man have a son who walked before God as righteous, this man would not perish for his father's sins. If the son was not free from evils in this life, still he should be partaker of salvation. The question here is not about the meritorious ground of justification, but about the Lord's dealings with the righteous and the wicked.
21-29 The wicked man would be saved, if he turned from his evil ways. The true penitent is a true believer. None of his former transgressions shall be mentioned unto him, but in the righteousness which he has done, as the fruit of faith and the effect of conversion, he shall surely live. The question is not whether the truly righteous ever become apostates. It is certain that many who for a time were thought to be righteous, do so, while ver. #26,27| speaks the fulness of pardoning mercy: when sin is forgiven, it is blotted out, it is remembered no more. In their righteousness they shall live; not for their righteousness, as if that were an atonement for their sins, but in their righteousness, which is one of the blessings purchased by the Mediator. What encouragement a repenting, returning sinner has to hope for pardon and life according to this promise! In verse #28| is the beginning and progress of repentance. True believers watch and pray, and continue to the end, and they are saved. In all our disputes with God, he is in the right, and we are in the wrong.
30-32 The Lord will judge each of the Israelites according to his ways. On this is grounded an exhortation to repent, and to make them a new heart and a new spirit. God does not command what cannot be done, but admonishes us to do what is in our power, and to pray for what is not. Ordinances and means are appointed, directions and promises are given, that those who desire this change may seek it from God.
Brianna's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 23 on 9/08/2014, 6:44am...
Many people paint Jehovah God as cruel, setting us up to fail in life to receive everlasting punishment. This scripture states the contrary. He doesn 't take delight in the death of a wicked person. He prefers that someone practices what is right, and continues on living. This shows that GOD IS LOVE.
Robert's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment on 8/22/2014, 2:33am...
To Roberto that said he is a fallen Christian. The Lord God can still help you. However you must go to him with truth in your heart that you want to change. Tell him of the sin in your life and be sure to name the sin. Ask the Lord for forgiveness and turn from those ways. Also when you find yourself being tempted go to the Lord in prayer sincerely and again name that sin tempting you by name. If you are sincere he will strengthen you and help you through it and even give you a way of escape. Yes it really works. Remember we have a fallen nature and we must continue in sincere prayer.
Trevor's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 20 on 5/08/2014, 6:29am...
So the soul is MORTAL
Max Young Lynn's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment on 4/25/2014, 12:47am...
Any fallen christian can return to the open arms of a loving non judgemental god. We must pray for his way,truth and life. Never become afraid of the word in your sin, he is forever faithful. Learn to love him as he loves you so dearly.
Tommy stevenson's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 24 on 2/02/2014, 7:10pm...
it mean just what it says,however i expect those who embrace the false doctrine of once save always to invent their own interpre tation,yes another lie to cover the first one.Such folks will be well advise to note that God himself spoke those words,also remember:I am the Lord I change not
Roberto's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 24 on 12/30/2013, 4:32am...
I am a fallen christian or believer and having to read this at sunday evening 19:30-30/12/13 i felled
frightnent understanding that I am doomed
This is what the bible meant when many will say: Lord, have I not done great things in thy name.And the Lord will say:Away from me,I had never known you!!!
Manytime I read the bible and it scares the hell out of me!!!
I have a habit of falling into sin where my fonerabillity strengtence each day instead of my salvation thru Christ
And here's the thing: I know for a fact that the End Time which the book of Daniel had prophecist is already at hand
All I could think about is my Doom!!
Anyways that's what i needed to say
Terry's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment on 11/16/2013, 5:51am...
to live is to have eternal life
to die is to have eternal damnation
to live in the pleasure of the world is just like being dead (to God) so awake to righteousness and sin not.
A man of God must open and explain the scriptures by the Spirit of God or people will be confused shown by saying the soul does not die. The soul joined with a body (God will get all out of the graves and put flesh back on our bones) will be live in heaven or hell determined by the state of mind at the time of our physical death and then judged by Jesus Christ to either inherit eternal life or be cast into an eternal damnation.
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