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?
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.
Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
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.
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 house of Israel?
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
– Ezekiel 18:23-32
Today’s passage opened with a pertinent question posed by God. “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?” (Ezekiel 18:23).
All the help you need to become the best you were created to be have been provided in Christ. His death on the cross on your behalf plucked you away from the kingdom of darkness and planted you in the kingdom of God. Your sins were blotted away by the precious blood He shed on the cross and you became as clean and guiltless as a newborn child. This is why the experience of receiving Jesus into one’s life is referred to as being born again.
While the change that occurred in your spirit being on receiving Christ happened instantly, the process of renewing your mind is progressive. That will require your yielding to the process of discipleship and consolidation.
Because your mind did not receive instant total transformation, you still catch yourself thinking thoughts you should not; saying things you should not and doing things you should not. In this circumstance, 1 John 1:8-9 provides the remedy. Fall before God in repentance and obtain the grace to live above that sin. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Another pertinent question was posed and answered in Romans 6:1-2: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
- Purge your heart by pleading the blood of Jesus.
CONFESSION: By the washing of water through God’s word, I purify and renew my mind every day.