Ezekiel 18: Are You Perfect?
Ezekiel 18 is a very telling chapter. We are told to exactly how people end up becoming separated from God.
Eze 18:1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
Eze 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?
Eze 18:3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
Eze 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
This chapter takes on two very important problems here. On one hand, people are saying that parents or children were responsible for each other’s sins. That is rejected later in this chapter. God affirms that each person is responsible for his or her own actions.
However, more interestingly in my opinion is that this chapter does provide a way for someone to get into heaven. Notice in verse four. If a person sins, he or she will die. That does imply that if you live a perfect life, you are worthy for heaven based on your own merit.
Verses five through nine reaffirm this idea that if you do everything that aligns with the will of God, you will live.
The problem with that is that it doesn’t apply to me. I doubt it applies to you either. I have yet to come across anyone who is perfect. Some people might think they are, and we certainly might try to put on a front that we are without fault, but at the most basic level, I have never found anyone who has done everything exactly right.
That puts us in a bit of a predicament. We are souls that sin. Therefore, we are dead in our sins. Dead people can’t do anything to alter their condition of death.
How amazing is it then that we have Jesus Christ? How amazing is that we have a God who was willing to send His one and only Son to provide the sacrifice that we could not do anything about ourselves? As dead people, we could not improve our situation, but God brought new life to us.
It is worth reflecting on how lost we are without God and how great His love was and still is for us.