Ezekiel 18:4 states something very scary. However, it is a statement of fact, it cannot be changed. It says, “The Soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Maybe you do not understand. The wages of sin is death. The reward for sin is death. There is nothing that can change it. The devil cannot change it. It is an eternal law that even God cannot change. For God to change this law would mean he is no longer God. You see Jesus had to die so that God could wash away sins and let people who were once sinners live forever. Jesus died, not so that God could let sinners into heaven, but so that your sins could be washed away therefore making you no longer deserving of hell but deserving of heaven. But the law of sin and death still stands today. All sinners have their place in hell and God is just enough to make sure this happens.
In verse 23 of this same chapter, God goes on to say, “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” This is God himself speaking and you must take Gods word more seriously than that of any man, even in the bible. God has absolutely no pleasure even in the death of a sinner; a sinner who deserves death. But he cannot become unjust and save the sinner, else he is no longer God.
God in his wisdom made a provision. A way in which your sins could be washed away or forgiven, and you would not have to perish. The way is Jesus Christ. All you now must do is to believe in Jesus as the son of God and in his sacrifice for you. Then use the power he gives to all who believe in him to live above sin/to live in holiness/in righteousness/to walk in newness of life.
Believing in Jesus and being born again are two separate things. How? The devil believes in Jesus. He knows even more than you that God exists, that Jesus is the son of God, that he died to take away sins. He believes, but that does not mean he is born again. It is up to you to make use of the power (or right) that Jesus offers you after you have believed/received him (John 1:12). That you have the right to something does not mean that you have it yet. After you have believed, repentance is the next step to getting your sins forgiven and washed away; and it involves a change of ways.
Righteousness is the only proof that you are born again. At this point, you may want to justify yourself by quoting Romans 10:9-10. Go to your bible and read it again. It is very easy to claim anything, but until there is proof, no claim can be validated. Apostle Paul added that to be saved, you cannot just confess; you must believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Only a person who has truly believed in Jesus Christ and his grave suffering on the cross and his resurrection can walk in newness of life.
Eliminate the mindset that it is okay to sin once in a while. Is it also okay for someone to rape you once in a while? Is it also okay for someone to kill one of your children once in a while? All sin is equal in God’s sight and the soul that sins shall die.
God is directly speaking to you today (verse 30-32):
Therefore I will judge you, O (insert your name) according to your ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourself from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O (insert your name)? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourself, and live ye.
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