A Sinner Must Repent To Avert God’s Judgment
(Passage: Ezekiel 14)
God set a precedence of his punishment for the Israelites. He engaged Prophet Ezekiel in a conversation and stated that his people would pay for their sins on an individual basis.
God also promised not to allow any righteous person to save his sinful neighbor.
Every individual will face God to account for his or her sins.
A righteous person would be restricted to only save himself or herself. God said to Ezekiel,
“Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.
…“If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate” (Ezekiel 14:13-16 NKJV).
The Judgment of God Is Imminent
God’s judgment is imminent on the unrepentant sinners. Why? God cannot cope with sin. He hates it! Every sinner is mandated to repent of his (or her) sin to enjoy a mutual relationship with God. Jehovah will punish a person who refuses to repent of his sins.
The Creator has two different types of punishments preset for an unrepentant sinner:
He will not bless him on earth, and he will disqualify him from heaven. That is, a person who refuses to repent of his sin will not be in a good position to receive God’s benefits on earth and in heaven.
Meanwhile, Jehovah is willing to forgive any sinner who repents from his or her sin. To obtain sin forgiveness, a person must first confess Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior.
No Conflict Between God’s Grace and God’s Judgment
Some people purposefully mix the meaning of God’s love and God’s judgment; they claim that the gracious God cannot be hash in punishing his people.
Unfortunately, this type of reasoning does not disturb God from exercising his judgment on the wicked people.
The two factors (God’s love and God’s judgment) do not conflict with each other.
God’s grace does not disturb God’s judgment.
Despite the fact that Jehovah is gracious, he will still exert his judgment on people who have refused to repent of their sins.
God’s Judgment Day Will Come On The Sinners
God’s judgment is imminent.
The best thing a person can do to escape from the judgment of God is to confess his or her faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to pay the penalty of sin for all people. His death became the sacrifice of human sins.
Therefore, anyone who confesses him as his or her personal Lord and Savior will be forgiven of his or her sins!
Dear God, I know that you will judge this world at your own appointed time. I don’t want to be condemned alongside people of the world! I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins.
…Please forgive my sins. I understand that you can only forgive a sin that is confessed through the name of your Son Jesus Christ; therefore, I confess Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I will faithfully follow Jesus Christ from now on, and I will do this for the rest of my life.
…Please bless me on earth and keep me worthy of your eternal benefits in heaven! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
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