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Summary: Ezekiel presents us with four case studies: a wicked man who doesn’t repent; a good man who continues in righteousness, a wicked man who does repent, a good man who goes bad....

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1. Health insurance: group rates or individual...

2. In some ways, God relates to individuals as parts of a group: the

church, Israel, the 12 Apostles...

3. In other ways, He relates to individuals and deals with them alone:

salvation (God covenants w/the individual)

4. Context of Ezekiel 18.....destruction of Jerusalem...issue: survival,

not

eternal life...

5. Intro: Ezk. 9:3-6.....similar protection from plagues during the

Tribulation...(Rev. 7:3, 9:4)

6. Ezekiel presents us with four case studies: a wicked man who doesn’t

repent; a good man who continues in righteousness, a wicked man who

does repent, a good man who goes bad....

MAIN IDEA: God’s explanation of human responsibility leads us to

several conclusions.

I. God is Angry at Sin and Punishes It....(18:1-29)

1. As you read through the OT, you see a God who is frequently

angry...(5:11)

2. As you see God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, you see a God who is

frequently angry...

(1) money changers table

(2) curses the fig tree

(3) long speeches criticizing the Pharisees’ hypocrisy

(4) warned more of hell than He spoke of heaven...

3. God’s attitude toward sin is seen in the horror of the cross...it took

the

atoning work of Christ to avert God’s wrath toward us....

II. God Responds to Human Repentance

and Would Rather We Repent than be

Punished (18:30-32)

1. I Peter 3:9---God is patient, not willing for any to perish...

2. In that day, repent for physical deliverance...

3. Salvation: repentance toward God & faith in our Lord Jesus Christ....

4. The believer: secure, but judgment seat of Christ...

---fellowship broken by sin

---whom the Lord loves He disciplines

---God as your friend or adversary?

---God’s blessing on our life is CONDITIONAL....

5. There’s a lot of use of the word "unconditional" that is

questionable...

(1) unconditional love? In some ways yes, others, no

Deuteronomy 5:9-10

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD

your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of

the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate

me, but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who

love me and keep my commandments.

(2)unconditional forgiveness? No--else all would be saved...

(3) unconditional blessing...the lost are at enmity w/God

(4) unconditional blessing of believers? no...

Conclusion: Salvation is free to us, but God’s blessings and rewards are

very conditional. God is eager to bless us, but we need to make

ourselves "blessable."

III. "Holiness" cannot be stored up....We

can ruin at the end all that our lives have

built...(18:24)

1. This is a sad truth...

2. Like King Solomon, it is possible to begin well but not end well...

(1) Pastor’s who mess up after many years...

(2) General Douglas MacArthur...

(3) Richard Nixon did lot of good things...

3. Note 18:24---none of the good is remembered....

4. Lesson: we never have so many laurels that we cannot lose them all,

the bad we do can negate all the good....we need humility, fear, and

caution....DON’T BLOW IT AT THE END...

IV. We are responsible for our own


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