Scripture Nugget 9.10.2015

“Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel? And you, mortal, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not save them when they transgress; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, it shall not make them stumble when they turn from their wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by their righteousness when they sin. Though I say to the righteous that they shall surely live, yet if they trust in their righteousness and commit iniquity, none of their righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ yet if they turn from their sin and do what is lawful and right – if the wicked restore the pledge, give back what they have taken by robbery, and walk in the statues of life, committing no iniquity – they shall surely live, they shall not die. None of the sins that they have committed shall be remembered against them; they have done what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.

Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just,’ when it is their own way that is not just. When the righteous turn from their righteousness, and commit iniquity, they shall die for it. And when the wicked turn from their wickedness, and do what is lawful and right, they shall live by it. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge all of you according to your ways!” Ezekiel 33:10-20

So much for the idea - once saved, always saved. “The Lord asserts God’s passionate preference that God’s people live and regret at the death of the wicked (v.11). God repeats the desire that the wicked turn form their wickedness to embrace the way of the Lord and thus live (vv 11, 15). Further the Lord reviews God’s continuing engagement with persons, responding to their present course of life (cf. ch 18). Neither their heritage nor their previous moral commitments, nor even God’s proclamations need bind them. If they turn and live righteously they will surely live – and this the Lord wants.” Wesley Study Bible page 1027