2022-11-23 “God’s Pronouncement of One’s Life or Death Could Be Revocable or Reversible”(Ezekiel 33:12-16)

God’s Pronouncement of One’s Life or Death Could Be Revocable or Reversible 神對人的生或死的宣告是可以撤回或逆轉的“(Ezekiel以西结书33:12-16)

… If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. And if I say to a wicked person, “You will surely die,” but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right – if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil – that person will surely live; they will not die. …

… 我雖然對義人說他必定生存,但是他若恃著自己的義而行惡,他的一切義都必不被記念;他必因所行的惡死亡。我雖然對惡人說:‘你必定死亡’,但是他若離開他的罪,行公平和正直的事,把抵押歸還,把搶奪人的物件償還,遵行賜生命的律例,不作惡事,他就必存活,不致死亡;…

God told Ezekiel to speak to His people’s accusing objection based on fatalism which basically means that the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad and nothing can be done about it. God does not want any person to regard human destiny as fatalistically determined by that person’s past, either for good or evil. If people were to trust in their own righteousness instead of God and His mercy, no one is so righteous that they could not fall into great error and danger. If God pronounced ‘he will surely live’ to a righteous person or ‘you will surely die’ to a wicked person, neither was an irrevocable or irreversible pronouncement that the outcome would depend upon His principle of the changed life.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding us that every righteous person could end up with a life dominated by own transgression. One person’s prior righteousness would not rescue that person on the day of your judgment. Someone who lived a prior life of wickedness was not pre-ordained to continue that way. They could turn and be spared in the season of your judgment. Thank you for your principle of the changed life that will make a huge difference to us in Jesus Christ. Amen.

禱告: 天父啊!感謝你提醒我們,每一位義者可以帶著一個自己罪過主宰的人生而告終;人先前的義在你審判的日子裡,不會拯救那人。某人過著罪惡的前生,不是預先註定要繼續那方式;他們可以轉向,並在你審判的時期得著放過。感謝你在耶穌基督裡,你對待已改變生命的原則,對我們來說必有巨大的差別。阿們。

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