Ezekiel 18* God has no respect of persons. (1-20) The Divine providence isvindicated. (21-29) A gracious invitation to repentance. (30-32)1-20 The soul that sinneth it shall die. As to eternity, everyman was, is, and will be dealt with, as his conduct shows him tohave been under the old covenant of works, or the new covenantof grace. Whatever outward sufferings come upon men through thesins of others, they deserve for their own sins all they suffer;and the Lord overrules every event for the eternal good ofbelievers. All souls are in the hand of the great Creator: hewill deal with them in justice or mercy; nor will any perish forthe sins of another, who is not in some sense worthy of deathfor his own. We all have sinned, and our souls must be lost, ifGod deal with us according to his holy law; but we are invitedto come to Christ. If a man who had shown his faith by hisworks, had a wicked son, whose character and conduct were thereverse of his parent's, could it be expected he should escapethe Divine vengeance on account of his father's piety? Surelynot. And should a wicked man have a son who walked before God asrighteous, this man would not perish for his father's sins. Ifthe son was not free from evils in this life, still he should bepartaker of salvation. The question here is not about themeritorious ground of justification, but about the Lord'sdealings with the righteous and the wicked. 21-29 The wicked man would be saved, if he turned from his evilways. The true penitent is a true believer. None of his formertransgressions shall be mentioned unto him, but in therighteousness which he has done, as the fruit of faith and theeffect of conversion, he shall surely live. The question is notwhether the truly righteous ever become apostates. It is certainthat many who for a time were thought to be righteous, do so,while ver. #26,27| speaks the fulness of pardoning mercy: whensin is forgiven, it is blotted out, it is remembered no more. Intheir righteousness they shall live; not for theirrighteousness, as if that were an atonement for their sins, butin their righteousness, which is one of the blessings purchasedby the Mediator. What encouragement a repenting, returningsinner has to hope for pardon and life according to thispromise! In verse #28| is the beginning and progress ofrepentance. True believers watch and pray, and continue to theend, and they are saved. In all our disputes with God, he is inthe right, and we are in the wrong. 30-32 The Lord will judge each of the Israelites according tohis ways. On this is grounded an exhortation to repent, and tomake them a new heart and a new spirit. God does not commandwhat cannot be done, but admonishes us to do what is in ourpower, and to pray for what is not. Ordinances and means areappointed, directions and promises are given, that those whodesire this change may seek it from God.
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