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X. SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL.
All of Ezekiel 18:20-32 (See Above)

Our salvation is conditional upon our repentance, faith and confession. Our salvation is always conditional upon walking in the light (being obedient to the leading of God).
Jn 3:36;Jn 8:31; Acts 13:43; Acts 14:22; Rom 11:22-23; Col 1:21-23; 1 Tim 2:15; 1 Tim 4:16; Jms 1:25; 1 Jn 1:7; 1 Jn 2:24; Rev 16:15

It is Possible for a Weak “Brother, for Whom Christ Died,” to Perish (be Destroyed), Because of Our Sin. Such a Sin is a Sin against Christ.

Rom 14 addresses the problem of Jewish believers feeling obligated to keep the ceremonial laws. In reference to eating and drinking forbidden foods, Paul said, Rom 14:10-17

DLG notes on Romans 14:13-17…
Rom 14:13 says that Christians can put a snare, a trap before their brothers in the Lord, in other words, other Christians. We can say or do things that will cause weaker Christians to stumble, to trip, to fall in their walk with God. This stumbling refers to stumbling in sin and landing in hell, because it is a rejection of “righteousness by faith.”
The stumbling block is the same as that spoken of in
Rom 9:31-33

In Rom 14:14 Paul is obviously not speaking about questions of morality, but rather ceremonial sins. Moral issues are right or wrongs by nature, whereas ceremonial sins are sins because God has forbidden or required specific observances at specific times, by specific people. That is why he said, “there is nothing unclean of itself.”

According to Rom 14:15, Christians who do things for their own pleasure, may cause a weaker believer, brother in the Lord, to stumble, fall from their walk with God and be destroyed.
The word, “destroyed” is the same word that is used in Mt 10:28, when Jesus spoke about being destroyed in hell.

DLG notes…
It is the same word used in reference to Jesus destroying the demons.
Lk 4:34

DLG notes…
It is the same word, which refers to those who “perish” because they do not repent.
Lk 13:3

DLG notes…
Notice also, Christ died for this person who was being destroyed, this person who would perish eternally.
Rom 14:15

DLG notes…
Those for whom Christ died and those who have had faith in Christ can be ensnared, tripped, and caused to fall in their walk with God, thus resulting in being destroyed, lost, perishing forever.

We find a similar truth taught in 1 Corinthians.
1 Cor 8:9-13

DLG notes…
Later, in Rom 14:20 Paul warned the believer not to destroy the work of God.

DLG notes on 1 COR 8:9-13…
Paul warns the believers not to allow their liberty to become a stumbling block to other Christians, who are weak. Not all Christians are strong. Strong Christians ought to help weak Christians.

Gal 6:1

DLG notes…
Notice too, it is a single act that can destroy a person. It only took one sin to condemn Lucifer. It only took one sin to condemn Adam and separate the entire human family from God. It only takes one sin to make a pure heart into an impure heart. There will not be any sin in heaven.

We know that the weaker person was a Christian because he is weak or weaker. Lost people are not weak, they are dead. Also, the weaker one is called a brother. Also, the passage says that he was a brother for whom Christ died.

How many times does a wife or husband have to commit adultery before it is adultery? How many times does a person have to murder someone before he is a murderer? This is why John said, 1 Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

2 Pt 2:18-22
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

INDEX OF VERSES

Genesis 2:16-17

Exodus 4:23; 7:14; 8:2; 9:1-2; 10:3-4; 16:28; 4:6-7

Deuteronomy 4:30-31; 32:4

Joshua 24:27

1 Samuel 8:19; 15:10-11

Nehemiah 1:8-9

Psalms 7:11-12; 9:7-8; 31:5; 32:1-2; 44:18; 78:10; 85:4; 96:13; 98:9; 103:12; 118:22

Proverbs 1:23-25; 8:32-36; 10:16-18; 14:14; 30:7-9

Isaiah 1:19-20; 55:6-7; 3:1, 3:7; 3:12-14; 3:20-22; 4:1; 5:3; 8:5; 11:10; 13:10

Ezekiel 11:19; 18:20-32

Matthew 1:21; 3:8; 5:6 x; 5:10; 5:13; 5:20, 5:29-30; 5:48; 6:24; 6:33 x; 10:28; 10:32-33; 12:33-35; 12:36-37; 13:20-21; 13:23; 13:39-43; 15:8; 16:24-26; 16:27; 18:11; 19:17; 23:26; 25:29-30; 26:31; 26:74-75

Mark 8:34-38; 9:12-13

Luke 1:16-17; 3:7-14; 4:34; Luke 8:13; 8:15; 9:62; 9:26; 11:28; 13:3; 12:8-9; 22:31-33

John 1:29; 1:46-47; 3:15-17; 3:36; 4:42; 8:24; 8:31 x; 12:46; 14:6; 14:15; 14:21; 14:23-24 ; 15:1-6; 15:2; 15:4, 6; 15:6; 15:9; 15:9-10; 15:10

Acts 3:13-14; 3:26; 7:35; 7:38-40; 10:15; 11:21; 13:8; 13:43; 14:15; 14:22; 17:30-31; 17:31 x; 26:18 x; 26:20

Romans 2:2; 2:5; 2:2, 5-13; 3:22; 3:25-26; 4:13; 4:6-8; 5:12; 5:17-21; 5:18-19; 5:18-21; 6:4; 6:10-21; 6:11; 6:16; 6:18; 6:19, 22; 6:20; 6:23 x; 8:1 x; 8:4; 8:29; 9:14; 9:31-33; 10:3; 10:13; 11:22-23; 14:10-17; 14:20

1 Corinthians 3:8; 5:7-8; 8:9; 8:9-13; 8:11; 8:12

2 Corinthians 5:10 x; 5:17 x ; 6:17-7:1 x; 9:10

Galatians 4:6-11; 4:8-9; 4:9; 5:1-4; 5:16; 5:16-25; 6:1

Ephesians 2:1; 2:2-6, 8-10; 2:10; 4:1, 17, 22-32; 4:24; 5:1-6:16; 5:9

Philippians 1:11; 2:1-16; 2:12; 2:13; 3:9 x

Colossians 1:13; 1:12-21; 1:21-23; 3:1-4,6; 3:1-9, 12-17; 3:24-25

1 Thessalonians 1:9; 4:1-6; 4:7-8 x; 5:4-10; 5:21; 5:23-24

2 Thessalonians 1:5; 2:15

1 Timothy 1:5-6; 1:15 x; 1:19-20; 2:4; 2:15; 3:1-14; 4:1; 4:16 x; 5:8; 5:15; 5:22; 6:10; 6:12; 6:14 x; 6:19 x; 6:20-21

2 Timothy 1:13; 1:14; 2:10-13; 2:12; 2:12-13; 3:5 x; 3:14; 4:4; 4:8

Titus 1:14; Titus 1:16 x; Titus 2:11-12; Titus 3:14

Hebrews 2:1-3; 2:3; 3:6; 3:8-19; 3:14; 4:9-11; 4:14; 6:1; 6:4-6; 6:11-12, 15; 6:18; 7:25; 10:23 x; 10:26-27; 10:26-30; 10:35-38; 11:7; 11:24-25; 12:2 x; 12:14; 12:15; 12:25 x

James 1:15; 1:17; 1:25 x; 1:27; 2:17-26; 4:8

1 Peter 2:24

2 Peter 1:1-11; 1:3-4; 2:1; 2:18-22; 2:20-21; 2:20-22; 2:21; 3:9

1 John 1:7 x; 1:9; 2:1 x; 2:4; 2:6; 2:17; 2:22-23; 2:22-29; 2:24 x; 2:28; 2:29; 3:6; 3:7 x; 3:8; 3:9 x; 3:24 x; 4:14; 5:3; 5:18 x; 5:21

2 John 1:9

3 John 1:11

Jude 1:4; 1:20-21

Revelation 1:3; 2:25; 2:26; 3:3; 3:4-5; 3:11; 16:15; 19:8; 20:12-13; 21:7; 21:8; 22:11; 22:18-19

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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“DENY” AND “OFFEND” OFTEN ACCOMPANY ONE ANOTHER. A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF ONE CONCEPT IS ASSOCIATED WITH A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE OTHER ONE AS WELL.

OFFEND
One of the Greek words translated in the New Testament as “offended” is used in reference to believers who turn from their faith in Christ. “TO OFFEND” SOMEONE IS TO CAUSE THEM TO STUMBLE, FALL AND ENTER INTO SIN.

INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA
Offence; Offend
o-fens´, o-fend´ (mikhshol,‘asham, hata; skandalon, skandalizo): “Offend” is either transitive or intransitive As transitive it is primarily “to strike against,” hence, “to displease” “to make angry,” “to do harm to,” “to affront,” in Scripture, “to cause to sin”; intransitive it is “to sin,” “to cause anger,” in Scripture, “to be caused to sin.” “Offence” is either the cause of anger, displeasure, etc., or a sin. In Scripture we have the special significance of a stumbling-block, or cause of falling, sin, etc.

STRONG G4624
skandalizo; skan-dal-id’-zo
To “scandalize”; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): – (make to) offend.
THAYERG4624
Skandalizo
Thayer Definition:
1) to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon which another may trip and fall, metaphorically to offend; 1a) to entice to sin; 1b) to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; 1b1) to cause to fall away; 1b2) to be offended in one, i.e. to see in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging his authority; 1b3) to cause one to judge unfavourably or unjustly of another; 1c) since one who stumbles or whose foot gets entangled feels annoyed; 1c1) to cause one displeasure at a thing; 1c2) to make indignant; 1c3) to be displeased, indignant
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G4625

Mt 5:29-30; Mt 13:20-21; Mt 13:39-43; Mt 26:31

CONCERNING THOSE WHO TURN BACK.
DLG notes…
Those who start with God, and then turn back are not acceptable to God.

Luke 9:62; John 15:6; Galatians 4:9; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; 1 Timothy 6:10; 1 Timothy 6:20-21;

God is sorrowful when we “turn back from following” Him.
1 Sam 15:10-11

It is easy to understand the meaning of the verses which address the problem of “turning” from Christ. It only becomes difficult when we deny the natural meaning of the passages.
Essential to understanding any concept is a comprehension of basic terms.

The following are the English words used when the Bible addresses the subject of turning from Christ.
If you can understand the meaning of the word “deny” when it is used in the natural sense, you can understand the meaning of the word, “deny” when it is used in the spiritual sense.
If you can understand the meaning of the word “return” when it is used in the natural sense, you can understand the meaning of the word, “return” when it is used in the spiritual sense.
If you can understand the meaning of the word “depart” when it is used in the natural sense, you can understand the meaning of the word, “depart” when it is used in the spiritual sense.
If you can understand the meaning of the word “turn” when it is used in the natural sense, you can understand the meaning of the word, “turn” when it is used in the spiritual sense.
If you can understand the meaning of the word “refuse” when it is used in the natural sense, you can understand the meaning of the word, “refuse” when it is used in the spiritual sense.
If you can understand the meaning of the word “reject” when it is used in the natural sense, you can understand the meaning of the word, “reject” when it is used in the spiritual sense.

IX. SINNERS ARE TOLD TO CAST AWAY THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS AND MAKE THEMSELVES A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT
Ez 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, O house of Israel?

DLG notes...
It is God in Us, Willing and Doing His Good Pleasure. When Ezekiel told his readers to make themselves a “new heart” and a “new spirit,” he was not saying that people save themselves. He was pointing out that the human side of salvation requires us to co-operate with the Divine side of salvation. Ezekiel had already addressed the issue of God giving a new heart and a new spirit. God gives a new heart to the person who turns from his old ways (Ezekiel 18:32). In the New Testament we are given several directives that connect the human side of salvation with the Divine side of salvation.

Ez 11:19; Mt 5:48; Mt 6:33; Mt 12:33-35; Mt 23:26 also Jn 15:9; 1 Cor 5:7-8; 2 Cor 6:17-7:1; Phil 2:12; 1 Tim 5:22; Jms 4:8; 1 Jn 5:21; Jude 1:20-21

Edited by: RESTFINDER at: 3/19/2018 (13:22)
God bless, Kim

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Part 7

This part is long and I will break it up into a couple of parts. It deals with how we deny Christ and the different words that can reflect that act that the Scripture uses.

VIII. THE BACKSLIDER NEEDS SALVATION.
Prov 14:14

DLG notes…
Backslider Defined.
“Backslider” is the term, which refers to a person who faithfully trusted and followed God, but then turned away from Him; he slid back into sin. The word, “backslider” is found only in Ps 14:14 but there are other Old Testament words with the same origin. In fact, the concept of backsliding, or turning from faithfully following God, is a main issue throughout the Bible.

Strong’s (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary):
H5472 soog A primitive root; properly to flinch, that is, (by implication) to go back, literally (to retreat) or figuratively (to apostatize): – backslider, drive, go back, turn (away, back).
BDB Definition (Brown-Driver-Diggs Hebrew Definitions):
H5472 sug 1) to move, go, turn back, move away, backslide
1a) (Qal) to backslide, prove recreant to; 1b) (Niphal); 1b1) to turn oneself away, turn back; 1b2) to be turned or driven back, be repulsed
God called backsliding Israel to return to Him. A person cannot “return” to God if they have not “departed” from God.

Jer 3:1 …yet return again to me, saith the LORD

Jer 3:7; Jer 3:12-14; Jer 3:20-2; Jer 4:1

DLG…
Those Who Do Not Backslide.
We learn something about backsliding from a passage that gives witness to those who do not backslide. Notice that the following passage connects the intent of the heart with the deeds of the body.
Ps 44:18

Different Words And Phrases For Backsliding.
The Bible uses many different ways to refer to those who have moved away from God.

SALT LOSES SALTINESS
Mt 5:13

DLG notes…
Jesus was speaking to believers. The salt had actually been salty, but had become un-salty. A change in the nature of the salt made it good for nothing but to be trodden under foot. Likewise, those who are “the salt of the earth,” believers, can lose their saving relationship with God and their saving influence on the world, resulting in their being cast out.

DENYING CHRIST.
To deny Christ or to deny God is not simply to speak contradictory words. Denying Christ is to disassociate one’s self from Jesus. “Denying” Jesus is the refusal to submit to His Lordship. The person who claims that Jesus is Lord with his words, yet does not obey His commands is rendering “lip service” while the heart is far from Him (Mt. 15:8). Denying Christ in our walk cancels out all Christian talk.

Understanding the clear and simple truth of the Bible is not complicated. It only becomes complicated when it is being forced into a false interpretation.

It is easy to understand the meaning of the verses which address the problem of “denying” Christ. It only becomes difficult when we deny the natural meaning of the passages.
There are two primary ways to determine the meaning of a word. First, what is the definition of the word, including its etymology? Second, how is the word used in a document?
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
“DENY” (KCG notes: The Greek words were used here but SP does not have translations for that and just gave odd symbols, so I will be putting in an Americanized version of the Greek so you can at least have some idea of what is being said.)
de-ni´: This word is characteristic of the New Testament rather than the Old Testament, although it translates three different Hebrew originals, namely, kahash, “to lie,” “disown” (Gen 18:15; Josh 24:27; Job 8:18; Job 31:28; Prov 30:9); mana, “to withhold,” “keep back” (1Ki 20:7; Prov 30:7); shubh, “to turn back,” “say no”(1Ki 2:16).

In the New Testament, antilego, is once translated “deny,” in the case of the Sadducees who denied the resurrection (Lk 20:27 the KJV), and where it carries the sense of speaking against the doctrine.

But the word commonly is arneomai, with or without the prefix ap. In the absence of the prefix the sense is “to disown,” but when it is added it means “to disown totally” or to the fullest extent.

In the milder sense it is found in Mt 10:33; Mt 26:70, Mt 26:72; of Simon Peter, Mk 14:68, Mk 14:70 (Acts 3:13, Acts 3:14; 2Tim 2:12, 2Tim 2:13; 2Pt 2:1; 1Jn 2:22, 1Jn 2:23; Jude 1:4; Rev 2:13; Rev 3:8).

But it is significant that the sterner meaning is associated with Mt 16:24 and its parallels, where Christ calls upon him who would be His disciple to deny himself and take up his cross and follow Him.

Strong and Thayer define the following three Greek words used when the New Testament.
Strong G720
Perhaps from G1 (as a negative particle) and the middle of G4483; to contradict, that is, disavow, reject, abnegate: – deny, refuse.
Thayer G720
Thayer Definition:
1) to deny; 2) to deny someone; 2a) to deny one’s self; 2a1) to disregard his own interests or to prove false to himself; 2a2) act entirely unlike himself; 3) to deny, abnegate, abjure; 4) not to accept, to reject, to refuse something offered
Part of Speech: verb
Strong G533
From G575 and G720; to deny utterly, that is, disown, abstain: – deny.
Thayer G483
1) to speak against, gainsay, contradict; 2) to oppose one’s self to one, decline to obey him, declare one’s self against him, refuse to have anything to do with him.
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G473 and G3004
STRONG G483
From G473 and G3004; to dispute, refuse: – answer again, contradict, deny, gainsay (-er), speak against.

DLG notes…
KEEP IN MIND, DENIAL INCLUDES “REJECTING” OR “REFUSING” ANOTHER PERSON’S POSITION OR AUTHORITY.

DENIAL IS REJECTION
Acts 3:13-14

DLG notes…
Just as the people had “rejected” Jesus, before Pilate, they had also rejected the Christ and chose a murderer instead.
Acts 7:35

DLG notes…
Stephen said that Israel, in the days of the Exodus, had rejected (denied) Moses,
1 Tim 5:8

DLG notes…
Paul said that refusal to fulfill a God-given responsibility is an act of denying the faith and such denial makes a person worse than a non-believer.
2 Tim 3:5

DLG notes…
We are able to deny, refuse, reject, turn from the power of God. If we turn from it we suffer the consequences.

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny (reject) him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Titus 2:11-12

DLG notes…
Paul said that saving grace causes believers to reject (refuse, deny) wickedness and espouse holiness in this life.
Heb 11:24-25; Heb 12:25; 2 Pt 2:21; 1 Jn 2:22-23; Jude 1:4

THOSE WHO DENY (REJECT) CHRIST ARE DENIED (REJECTED) BY CHRIST.
For Christ to deny a person indicates that the person is not saved. Denying Christ is not an insignificant action. Denial of Christ results in being denied by Christ.

Mt 10:32-33; Lk 9:26; Lk12:8-9; 2 Tim 2:10-13;

PETER’S DENIAL
Mt 26:34-35; Mt 26:74-75; Lk 22:31-33;

SELF DENIAL
Self denial and subservience to Christ is essential to salvation, Christian faith, discipleship and eternal life. Self denial is minimal requirement for salvation.

Mt 16:24-26; Mk 8:34-38

“REFUSE”
DLG notes…
Often, the Old Testament uses the word “refuse” when the New Testament uses the word “deny.” We learn something about “denial” when we understand “refusal.” Israel chose not to obey God’s prophet.

1 Sam 8:19 Pharaoh refused to obey God’s directive.

Ex 4:23; Ex 7:14; Ex 8:2; Ex 9:1-2; Ex 10:3-4;

God confronts Moses about Israel’s refusal to obey.
Ex 16:28

Joshua tells Israel that they can deny their God.
Josh 24:27

The Ephraimites broke their covenant with God.
Ps 78:10

God was denied, refused, rejected by Jewish leaders.
Ps 118:22

Wisdom from Proverbs.
Prov 1:23-25; Prov 8:32-36; Prov 10:16-17

Refusal is rebellion.
Is 1:19-20

Refusal is resistance to God’s will.
Jer 5:3

Refusal to return to God is “backsliding.”
Jer 8:5

Turning back to sin is breaking covenant with God.
Jer 11:10

Denying Christ is a damnable heresy.
2 Pt 2:1

Those who “deny” Christ, are liars and antichrists.
1 Jn 2:22-29


God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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A LOT of reading to be done here! Thanks for taking the time to post this.

In all things, I will acknowledge Christ, my Savior and strength of my life.
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THOUGHTS FROM HEBREWS
There are several warnings in the book of Hebrews concerning the danger of turning back to sin.

Heb 2:1-3; Heb 3:8-19; Heb 4:9-11; Heb 6:4-6; Heb 6:11-12, 15; Heb 10:23; Heb 10:35-38; Heb 12:15; Heb 12:25

VII. GOD IS JUSTIFIED WHEN HE CONDEMNS THE BACKSLIDER AND REDEEMS THE SINNER
Ezekiel 18:25, 29 Yet you 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?... 29 Yet says 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?

DLG notes…
GOD’S JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS.
Not only is God justified in doing what He does, He does that which is just.

Ex 34:6-7; Deut 32:4; Ps 9:7-8; Ps 31:5; Ps 96:13; Ps 98:9; Acts 17:31; Rom 2:2; Rom 2:5; Rom 9:14; 2 Cor 5:10; 2 Tim 4:8

God bless, Kim

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V. GOD DESIRES SALVATION, NOT JUDGMENT, FOR SINNERS
Ezek 18:23, 32 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? says the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?... 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live you.

Mt 18:11; Mk 9:12-13; Jn 1:29; Jn 3:15-17; Jn 1:46-47; Jn 4:42; Rom 5:18-21; Rom 10:13; 1 Tim 1:15; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pt 3:9; 1 Jn 2:2; 1 Jn 4:14

VI. THE RIGHTEOUS (THE REDEEMED) ARE ABLE TO TURN FROM GOD.
Ezek 18:24, 26 But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die... 26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and dies in them; for his iniquity that he has done shall he die.

Lk 8:13; Jn 15:1-6; Gal 4:6-11, 5:1-4; 1 Tim 4:1; 1 Tim 5:15; 1 Tim 6:14; 2 Tim 1:15; 2 Tim 2:12-13; 2 Tim 4:4; Titus 1:14; Titus 3:14; Rev 3:4-5

CLEAN ESCAPED AND ENTANGLED AGAIN
2 Pt 2:20-22

DLG notes…
A clear reading of 2 Peter tells us that a person can escape sin through Christ and then become entangled again in sin. Another way to say this is, “A person who has clean escaped sin, through Christ, can become entangled again in sin.” This passage says it would have been better to have not known the way of righteousness than to know it and then turn from the holy commandments. The only people who have ever known the way of righteousness are the saved, yet there are those who have been saved and then turned from the holy commandments, or the holy way of life. Remember, “without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” Turning back to sin is the same as a dog returning to his own vomit and a pig returning to the filth of the wallow. In the Jewish economy, pigs and dogs were considered as ceremonially “unclean” animals. Therefore, the terms were used in reference to people who were spiritually unclean. In the New Testament it was also applied to those who had been delivered from their sins and then turned back to their sinful ways. Remember, when God washes us, we are not simply cleaned up sinners, we are new creations. When a person turns back to sin, the dog has returned to his vomit and the pig to his mire.

The meaning of this passage is not couched in mystery and it is not hidden behind secret words and terminology. It agrees with the entire Bible and it means exactly what it says. Those who have escaped sin are able to become entangled again in the pollutions of sin, from which God had saved them. If they do, it will be worse for them than if they had never known the way of righteousness.

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Part 4 (con't)

When a person has sinned, God can either “impute” that person with his sins or He can “not impute” that person with his sins. Because God is just and righteous, He must have a legitimate way to “not impute” sin to that person.
One, since all have sinned, all of mankind stands guilty before God.
Two, since God knows everything, He knows about everyone’s guilt.
Three, no one can satisfy their debt of sin with God.
Four, Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice (not as a payment), to satisfy our account.
Five, God has offered forgiveness to anyone who will trust Christ for their salvation.
Six, God does not pretend that we are free from sin, if, in fact, we are still in sin.

God does not look at us and see Jesus. God looks at us and sees us. Either He sees us still in our sins or He sees us transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Either He sees us in our sins or He sees us in Christ. When we are in Christ, we are no longer in sin. Our forgiveness, cleansing and deliverance from sin is not a Divine optical illusion. Those who are in Christ are actually free from sin, not simply free from the guilt of sin.

As Paul said,
2 Cor 5:17
DLG notes…
Those who are in Christ are not still sinners (people living in sin), they are new creatures. When Paul said that he was “chief of sinners,” he was referring to the fact that Christ died to save all sinners, of whom he was chief. Remember, the Scriptures refer to believers as “saints” or “holy ones.” Christians are not old creatures in new clothes. They are people who are living without sin, because “old things are passed away and behold, all things become new.” As human beings, they are still able to sin, but as redeemed human beings, they are enabled by the grace of God to not sin.

Rom 8:1
DLG notes…
Those who are in Christ are those who do not walk after the flesh. A person lives with “no condemnation” when they “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” “No condemnation” is the empty claim of presumption, while still living in sin. “No condemnation” is the rightful claim of faith, when a person is not living in sin.
Rom 8:1, 4
Gal 5:16
DLG notes…
The Scriptures refer to living godly in Christ and having good conduct in Christ, but the Bible never says, “God does not see sin in believers, though they continue to sin.” The Bible tells us that IF we sin, as believers, we have an advocate with God. The Bible also makes it clear that an act of sin requires “repentance.”
1 Jn 1:9
DLG notes…
The Bible makes it clear that the Christian life is filled with victory over sin, not victimization to sin. God’s way of dealing with actual sins is to provide actual deliverance. Where there is forgiveness, there is no imputation of sins. Forgiven sins are sins that have been done away with. David addresses this in the Psalms.

Ps 32:1-2; Rom 4:6-8
DLG notes…
The man actually had committed sins and therefore he had sins in his life. However, after God forgave him of his sins, the man no longer had any sins in his life, because his sins were gone.

Ps 103:12; Rom 6:20
DLG notes…
The same man was originally “free from righteousness,” that is, he possessed no righteousness. He was inherently evil and he was actively sinning. He was not inherently righteous.

Mt 1:21
DLG notes…
God saves His people from their sins, truly cleanses them from defilement and saves them to the uttermost, at all times.

Acts 10:15; Hebrews 7:25
DLG notes…
Salvation is not only
FORGIVENESS, it is also
REGENERATION (imparting of spiritual life through being born of God) and
ADOPTION (being made a legal heir of God) and
JUSTIFICATION (being declared and made righteous) and
SANCTIFICATION (being separated from sin and separated to God, purified and made holy)
GLORIFICATION (when our bodies are changed from mortality to immortality and from corruption into incorruption).

Not only does God “account” us delivered from sin, He directs us to “account” ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God, based on the accomplished work of Jesus Christ. When God “reckons” or “accounts” something to be true, it is because it is true.
Rom 6:11

to be con't

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Part 4 is quite long, so I am going to separate it out into two parts, the explanation and then the verses with their explanations:


IV. PERSONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS INHERENT TO PERSONAL SALVATION
Ezekiel 18:22 All his transgressions that he has committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he has done he shall live.

DLG notes…
Before I give the Bible verses concerning personal salvation and personal righteousness, I will give a short list of basic Biblical truths concerning a believer’s righteousness and an explanation of some terms associated with sin and righteousness.
Salvation Presupposes Personal Righteousness.
The Presence of Righteousness Precludes Sin.
No One Who Sins Goes to Heaven.
Only the Righteous Go to Heaven.
The Saved Are Actually Righteous.
The Saved Live Righteously.
The Saved Do Righteousness.
God Rejects Self-Righteousness a.k.a. Works of the Flesh.
God Imparts Christ’s Righteousness to Believers in Christ.
Righteousness Comes By Faith. Faith is Counted as Righteousness.

At least some of the truths in this short list are often denied by modern, western Christianity and Reformed and Calvinistic religion. In this document, the word “righteousness” is used in the sense of true righteousness, not “self” or “works” righteousness.

There is no such thing as God “seeing” a person as righteous, when that person is, in fact, unrighteous. The idea that God sees His children as righteous, while they are supposedly unrighteous, is a fairy tale told by Satan. Such a teaching denies the clear revelation of the Bible and it belittles the saving power of God. The Bible says that Jesus “saves His people from their sins.” Sinning religion says that God only saves us from the guilt of sin. Bible revelation says that God saves us from all sin, including the penalty, pollution and power of sin
Sin and Righteousness; Inherited, Inherent, Imputed and Imparted.
Sinfulness and righteousness are arrived at in various ways. Sin or righteousness can be inherited, inherent, imputed and/or imparted.

Inherited Sin.
Inherited sin is the sinful nature we have all received from our father, Adam. Sin is inherited in the sense that we, as “heirs” of our racial predecessor, Adam, have received a predisposition to commit sins. We are, as the Scriptures says, “in the image of (our) father Adam.”

Inherent Sin.
Sin is inherent in the sense that this “sinful nature” “adheres” to us, it is part of us personally. It belongs to us personally. The sin nature is part of us. It is not only the fallen nature of Adam, it is “my fallen nature,” “my flesh,” or “my carnal mind.” Inherent sin is the sin that we all possess because of our sinful nature. We are all born with inherent sin, which is our inherited sin.

Imputed Sin.
The primary word in the New Testament, which is translated “impute” comes from two words which means “to join words together.” Impute means to put together with one’s mind, as in counting or calculating. Likewise, the word in the Old Testament means to think or to make a judgment, as well as to make an account.

Sin is “imputed” in the sense that it is “accounted to someone.” To impute is to “attribute” or “charge something to someone.” To impute is to “reckon” or “calculate something” to be so, because it is so. “Impute” does not mean “imagine.” Imputed sins are not imagined sins.

It is possible for a person to falsely impute (charge) another person of sin, but God never errs by falsely imputing (charging) sin to someone. Satan falsely “accuses” believers of sin. God’s judgments are just and true. Likewise,
when God judges or imputes or charges a person with righteousness, His judgment is just and true. Though God is creative and God keeps the books, God is not a “creative bookkeeper” as Calvinism and sinning religion would have us believe.

Imputed Righteousness.
Imputed righteousness is not imagined righteousness. In the same way that God imputes sin to the person who is actually sinning, God imputes righteousness to the person who is actually delivered from sin.

Righteousness is not inherited or inherent in the natural man, the unsaved man. Since the children of Adam have not inherited righteousness, and since the children of Adam are not inherently righteous, then people must obtain or attain to righteousness from another source.

“To impute” carries with it the idea of “holding someone accountable for something” or “to settle an account.” To “not impute” conveys “not holding someone accountable for something.” There are various reasons for not holding someone accountable.
One, the person is not responsible or guilty.
Two, the person is guilty, but their guilt has not been discovered.
Three, they were guilty, but they have settled the account.
Four, someone else settled their account for them.
Five, the account was forgiven and therefore there is nothing for which to account.
Six, simply lie by saying the person has no sin, when, in fact, they have sin.

When a person has sinned, God can either “impute” that person with his sins or He can “not impute” that person with his sins. Because God is just and righteous, He must have a legitimate way to “not impute” sin to that person.
One, since all have sinned, all of mankind stands guilty before God.
Two, since God knows everything, He knows about everyone’s guilt.
Three, no one can satisfy their debt of sin with God.
Four, Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice (not as a payment), to satisfy our account.
Five, God has offered forgiveness to anyone who will trust Christ for their salvation.
Six, God does not pretend that we are free from sin, if, in fact, we are still in sin.



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Part 3:
III. GOD SAVES PEOPLE WHO TURN FROM SIN, AND TURN TO GOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
Ezekiel 18:21, 27, 28, 30, 32 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die... 27 Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 28 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die... 30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin... 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live you.

TWO SIDES TO REPENTANCE.
There are two sides to repentance, the Divine and the human. God initiates repentance and He enables people to repent. He also implements personal salvation, in response to a person’s repentance. However, our focus in this document is on the human side of repentance, which includes godly sorrow, change of mind concerning sin, and turning from sin to God and righteousness. Repentance is a change of direction and a change of mind.

OLD TESTAMENT MEANING OF “REPENTANCE.”
Several Old Testament passages help us understand the meaning of “repentance” or “turning from sin.” When men repent, and change their attitude and relationship with God, God changes the way in which He deals with men.

Deut 4:30-31; Neh 1:8-9; Ps 7:11-12; Ps 85:4; Is 55:6-7

DLG notes…
Only Two Choices.
To turn from Satan is to turn to God. God and Satan are the only two options. To turn from sin is to turn to righteousness. Sin and righteousness are the only two choices.
There is no righteousness where sin exists and there is no sin where righteousness exists.
There is no middle road. Either we are going to commit sin or we are going to do righteousness.
Those that are of Satan are going to sin and those who are of God are going to do righteousness.

As the Bible says,
1 Jn 3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil
and
3 Jn 1:11 He that does good is of God.

DLG notes…
There is no Calvinistic middle ground. Calvinists say that we can sin and still be Christian, but that “ain’t hap’nin.”

As the Bible says,
1 Jn 3:9 He that is born of God does not commit sin
and,
1 Jn 3:7 He that does righteousness is righteous, just as He (God) is righteous.

DLG notes…
According to Calvinists, these verses do no mean what they say, or these verses are not translated correctly. However, the whole Bible says this and the whole Bible is translated to say this. Without fancy footwork the Calvinists are left with the clear meaning of Scripture; sinners sin and Christians do not remain in sin, not even one sin. If a Christian sins, he must repent or he will cease being a Christian.

That is why the Bible says,
1 Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

DLG notes…
New Testament Verses Concerning Personal Righteousness.
There are a great many passages that address the issue of Christians and Righteousness, in fact the entire Bible is a record of God saving those who turn from sin to righteousness, but I will limit myself to just a few. Remember, repentance is a change of mind and direction. Many passages address the issue of repentance, even when the words, “turn” and “repent” are not used. Repentance requires a person to change the way they live.

Mt 3:8; Mt 5:6; Lk 1:16-17; Lk 3:7-14; Jn 15:2; Acts 14:15; Act 17:30-31; Acts 26:18; Act 26:20; 2 Cor 6:17-7:1; Gal 5:16-25; Eph 2:2-6, 8-10; Eph 4:1, 17, 22-32; Col 1:13; 1 Thess 1:9; 1 Thess 4:7-8; 2 Tim 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:5; Titus 1:16; Titus 2:11-12; Heb 6:1; 1 Pt 2:24

DLG notes…
These passages also address this subject; Eph 5:1-6:16; Phil 2:1-16; Col 3:1-4,6; 1 Thess 4:1-6; 1 Thess 5:4-10; 1 Tim 3:1-14.

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Here are two more sections. Lots of verses to look up but not as much commentary.
I. SIN RESULTS IN DEATH FOR ALL PEOPLE
Eze 18:20, 24, 26 The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him... 24 But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die... 26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and dies in them; for his iniquity that he has done shall he die.

DLG notes…
The entire Bible declares that sin separates from God or God separates from sin. There is no exception, including the angels and the first man. Adam was created in the image of God, yet his righteousness did not make him immune to death when he sinned. While some of these verses were spoken directly to those who had never been saved, some of the verses were spoken directly to those who were saved, but had chosen to return to sin. Sin separates everyone from God, including Adam, who was created perfect and sinless. If Jesus does not save us from sin, He does not save us at all. A salvation that does not save from sin in this life is no salvation at all. God’s great salvation includes deliverance from the penalty, pollution and power of sin.

Gen 2:16-17; Jn 8:24; Ro 5:12; Ro 6:16; Ro 6:20-21; Ro 6:23;Eph 2:1;Heb 10:26-30; Jms 1:15; Rev 21:8

II. GOD’S JUDGMENT IS “PERSON SPECIFIC”
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

DLG notes…
The verses in this section make at least two things clear.
1. MAN HAS THE POWER OF FREE WILL.
Free will is not un-derived and it is not unlimited. Free will is the gift of God, yet God has set boundaries in which free will can be exercised. There is nothing in the entire Bible that indicates that God removed man’s free will after Adam sinned in the garden. Nor is there any Biblical reason to believe that man’s free will is incapable of actually choosing between faith and sight or obedience and disobedience to God. Since the Bible does not say that man has no choice and since God holds man responsible for his choices, then it is logical that man has a free will with which he makes actual choices. While it is true that man is unable to do the right thing without the grace of God, the fact is that God provides His grace. For a person to do the wrong thing is not only a choice for evil, it is a rejection of God’s grace.

Man cannot choose to sin and be in a right relationship with God at the same time. Man cannot choose to be in a right relationship with God, aside from God’s designated plan of salvation. With God’s call to faith and obedience comes God’s enabling to believe and obey. Man’s possibility to be saved originates with God, since Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), as well as the Way of our salvation (John 14:6).

God did not arbitrarily decide to save some and damn others. Salvation is not a unilateral predestination decided by God. God unilaterally decided to provide salvation, but He decreed that humans have the power of self-determination, free will. With this great power comes great responsibility.

2. GOD JUDGES EVERYONE ON A PERSONAL BASIS.
No one is condemned because of Adam’s sin. Adam brought sin into the human family, and a sinful disposition has passed to all of Adam’s offspring, but as we saw in the previous group of verses, everyone has sinned and it is personal sin that separates us from God. Though we inherit a propensity to sin, God’s judgment is based upon our personal choices.
Mt 12:36-37; Mt 16:27; Mt 25:29-30; Acts 17:31; Ro 2:2, 5-13; 1 Cor 3:8; 2 Cor 5:10; Col 3:24-25;2 Thess 1:5; Rev 20:12-13; Rev 21:7; Rev 22:11; Rev 22:18-19

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PASTOR DAVID BLOG 3-2-18

Ezekiel 18:20-32: Sin, Salvation, Sanctification
This is quite a long document which I am going to break up into several segments. There are a lot of verses so I am not going to post the entire verse but just give you the references for the verses and hope that you will look them up as you read along. I will give you the passage for Ezekiel since this document revolves around it.

03/02/18 EZEKIEL 18:20-32 AND THE NEW TESTAMENT

EZEKIEL 18:20-32 AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
OUTLINE OF DOCUMENT

INTRODUCTION
I. SIN RESULTS IN DEATH FOR ALL PEOPLE (vss. 20)
II. GOD’S JUDGMENT IS PERSON SPECIFIC (vs. 20)
III. GOD SAVES WHOEVER TURNS FROM SIN, AND TURNS TO GOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS (vss. 21, 27, 28, 30, 32)
IV. PERSONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS REQUIRED FOR PERSONAL SALVATION (vs. 22)
V. GOD DESIRES SALVATION, NOT JUDGMENT, FOR SINNERS (vs. 23, 32)
VI. THE RIGHTEOUS (REDEEMED) ARE ABLE TO TURN FROM GOD (vss. 24, 26)
VII. GOD IS JUST WHEN HE CONDEMNS THE BACKSLIDER AND REDEEMS THE SINNER (vss. 25, 29)
VIII. THE BACKSLIDER NEEDS SALVATION
IX. SINNERS ARE TOLD TO CAST AWAY THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS AND MAKE THEMSELVES A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT (vs. 31)
X. SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL
INDEX OF VERSES
EZEKIEL 18:20-32 AND THE NEW TESTAMENT

INTRODUCTION
While Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death,” may be the most succinct statement in the Bible concerning the impact sin has on man’s relationship with God, Ezekiel 18:20-32 is the clearest presentation in the Bible.

In this document I will show that the teaching of Ezekiel 18:20-32 is consistent with the Christian faith, as revealed in the New Testament.

This document contains 310 Biblical references from 37 different Bible books, totaling more than 500 verses. There are 43 Old Testament references from 11 different books with 81 verses. There are more than 266 New Testament references from 26 different books with over 400 separate verses. Though I do repeat some verses, these stats only reflect separate verses. There is a list of verses at the end of this document.

I realize that voluminous references do not always prove a point, however, I am demonstrating that either “sin separates us from God or God separates us from sin” is found in the entire Bible and is totally consistent with New Testament Christianity. The position I am presenting is neither obscure nor strange to Biblical or historic Christianity.

I have included the Ezekiel 18:20-32 passage in this document for your convenience. Since the Ezekiel passage repeats itself several times, I do not address the passage verse by verse but rather idea by idea, giving some of the New Testament verses that reiterate the truths found in Ezekiel 18:20-32.

BEYOND REFORMED THEOLOGY
Much of modern and western Christianity has been influenced by Reformed and Calvinistic theology. As a result, this passage has been disregarded by some Christians because they erroneously believe the doctrines presented in this passage are not consistent with New Testament Christianity. The problem with Reformed theology is that it reflects the limited understanding of some of the reformers. We should see Reformation theology as a step in recovering Biblical truth, which had been repressed by the Roman religion. Those who came out of Roman Catholicism in the fifteen hundreds came as far as their understanding would take them. However, the Roman religion had led people away from the truth of salvation for hundreds of years, on a path of deceit and corruption. Just as the Israelites needed to come out of Egypt and pass through the wilderness, leading to their re-entering the Promised Land (from which they had been far removed), so too, the people of God needed to come out of Romanism and continue to pursue the Biblical path all the way back into New Testament Christianity. Unhappily, some have been willing to live in the wilderness of Reformation theology rather than come all the way back to the New Testament message.

This document addresses some of the errors that the Reformation bequeathed to modern Christianity. It is an attempt to come back to our Biblical foundations. It is an attempt to understand God’s word in the light of the Bible rather than in the light of human wisdom. It is ironic that those who subscribe to the teachings of the Reformation criticize those who have pursued Biblical teachings beyond the limited understandings of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and others.

We must decide that we are more concerned with what the Bible says, than what men say the Bible says. When we return to Biblical Christianity we will see spiritual power manifested in Christians who are living godly, joyful and victorious lives, while coming under persecution for Christ.

THE FORMAT
In this document, the few times I repeat verses is because they address more than one subject. I limit the Bible quotations to the essential portions and then I emphasize the most relevant phrases by putting them into bold face print. This allows the reader to get the main thrust of the passage easily. However, I encourage you to take the time to look at the entire Bible quote. And please remember, I am only scratching the surface with the few quotes I present.

I designate my personal notes by inserting “DLG notes…” I have kept my own commentary to a minimum, allowing the passages to speak for themselves. However, on some of the more disputed and less understood concepts I have given more background.

THE PASSAGE IN QUESTION
Eze 18:20-32 (NASB) "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. 21 "But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all My statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 "All his transgressions which he has committed will not be remembered against him; because of his righteousness which he has practiced, he will live. 23 "Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? 24 "But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die. 25 "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not right.' Hear now, O house of Israel! Is My way not right? Is it not your ways that are not right? 26 "When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies because of it, for his iniquity which he has committed he will die. 27 "Again, when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life. 28 "Because he considered and turned away from all his transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 "But the house of Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not right.' Are My ways not right, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are not right? 30 "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct," declares the Lord GOD. "Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you. 31 "Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the Lord GOD. "Therefore, repent and live."


DLG notes… The main point of this passage is to show that turning from one path to another changes our relationship with God. If we turn from sin to righteousness, we will be in a right relationship with God. If we turn from righteousness to sin, we will be in a broken relationship with God. Everyone is in a relationship with God, but only the righteous are in a saving relationship with God. The only “righteousness” that God recognizes is the “righteousness of faith.” As Paul said,
Ro 3:22; Ro 4:13; Phil 3:9

The righteousness of Ezekiel 18 is not a “works righteousness” or a “self righteousness” but the same “righteousness by faith” exhibited in Noah,

Heb 11:7

As with all of these Scriptures, “Turn” is the main point of this passage. To “turn” means to change direction. The Bible makes it clear that we can turn from sin (by God’s grace). The Bible also makes it clear that we can turn from God, to sin. In this document I will show that the Old and the New Testaments agree on this point.

In Acts 3:26 we are told that God sent Jesus for the purpose of “turning away everyone from his iniquities.” This was the main purpose for Jesus coming to earth. As the angel said to Mary, “He shall save His people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21). Any account of Jesus that does not include deliverance from sin in this life is a false account. To deny that Jesus saves His people from their sins, in this present world, is to deny Jesus.

Acts 7:38-40

DLG notes…
Acts 3:26; Acts 11:21
DLG notes…
Acts 11:21 tells us that “believing in the Lord” is part of “turning to the Lord.”

Acts 13:8
DLG notes…
Acts 13:8 tells us that the servants of Satan seek to “turn” people away from the faith.

Acts 26:18
DLG notes…
In Acts 26:18 Jesus tells Paul that He is sending him to the Gentiles to “turn” them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God.

Gal 4:8-9
DLG notes…
In Galatians 4:9 Paul tells us that it is possible for those who know God’s salvation “to turn again to” bondage.

1 Tim 1:5-6
DLG notes...
In 1 Timothy1:6 we are told that some people, during the early church, had turned from a pure heart, a good conscience and true, saving faith to empty testimony. Though these people had possessed these Christian traits, they swerved from the truth and turned to empty chatter.

Heb 12:25
DLG notes…
Hebrews 12:25 tells us that believers can refuse, reject God. A person faces sure and certain judgment if he rejects the witness of the truth, whether proclaimed by Moses, or God, Who speaks from heaven.

2 Pt 2:20-21
DLG notes… In 2 Peter we are told that it is possible to “escape the pollutions of the world” through the saving knowledge of Christ and then become “again entangled” in them, and it is worse to be entangled again than it was for the sinner “to have not known the way of righteousness.” These people had known the way of righteousness (according to the Bible, only the saved can know the way of righteousness), yet they turned from that which they had known.

Though “turn” is the word we encounter in the Ezekiel passage (vss. 21, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 3), we find the concept of “turning from God” throughout the Bible. There are a variety of words used in the place of “turn,” such as “deny,” “offend” “refuse” and “reject.” We find several words that tell us “not to turn” from God, such as “abide,” “continue,” “remain” and “hold fast,” just to mention a few.

In this document I show that God calls us to turn from sin, to turn to God, and not to turn back to sin.
I point out that there are eternal consequences (positive) attached to turning from sin and eternal consequences (negative) attached to turning from God.
I point out that there are warnings and promises attached to turning from God.
I point out that there are examples in the Bible of those who have turned from God.
I do this by looking at the various words in the Bible that tell us to turn to God and tell us not to turn from God.

More to come...

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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