– Inyang Okutinyang
Better Covenant, Better Promises
Ezekiel 18 (NKJV)
20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
21 “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
Moses had said that God would visit the iniquity of the fathers upon their children, up to the third and fourth generation. That was the case in Israel until the time of Ezekiel the prophet. Now, God was telling Israel that from the time of Ezekiel’s prophecy forward, the soul who sins is the one who will die. The sons will no longer have to suffer for the sins of their fathers. The sinner who turns to God in repentance, will have the curses stayed in his life.
If this was true back under the old covenant, and today we are living under a new covenant based upon better promises, shouldn’t we be even more confident? Confident that once we are saved, all the works of Satan and the effects of our sin (or any ancestor’s sin) have been permanently stopped by faith in Jesus.