Which shall you be in the end? Righteous or wicked?

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.24.2016 – Old Testament: Eze 33.12–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 32–33 on November 24, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Continue to live in righteousness now, and if you have been in wickedness, turn from it right now that you might know what your end shall be, as the Lord told Ezekiel about the righteous and the wicked,

“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’ When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live” (Ezekiel 33.12–16). 

History shows that the Lord operates just as He says in this passage. Therefore, the Lord means what He says, and says what He means. Do not think to yourself that He will change at the Day of Judgment, because He will not, for He is a God of truth and He speaks the truth.

Questions:

  • Do you stay in constant contact with the Lord by reading His word and praying to Him that you might continue in righteousness?
  • What are you doing about your weaknesses?

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