In the book of Ezekiel, chapter 18, you have a statement made two times and then the emphasis of that statement is amplified. This is truly an Impact Statement that I want you to take seriously. Put in my words it would be: Don’t blame the consequences of your sin on others.
Don’t blame the consequences of your sin on your parents; or if you are parents, don’t blame them on your children. You are responsible for how you live your life. God holds you accountable to Him.
If you seem to be getting away with sin for now, beware. God says, “Behold, your sin will find you out”. If you sin, and all of us do sin, then the death sentence already hangs over your head. You face both physical death and eternal death.
But if we confess our sin and our need for a Savior and turn to Jesus by faith we receive the gift of forgiveness and Eternal Life.
Two times in Ezekiel 18, you have this impact statement, “The soul who sins is the one who will die” (verses 4 & 20). This is God’s warning to you! All of us are sinners. The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.”
Here Ezekiel is saying that since all of us are sinners, we need to recognize the death sentence hangs over us. God calls on us to “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses…Rid yourself of all the offenses…get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die…I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live” (verses 30-32).
Praise God, He sent One, the Lord Jesus, to take the death sentence for us. He died for our sins so we might have life. Turn to Him, repent, trust in Him, and live, today.