The soul that sinneth, 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. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Yet ye 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? When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet saith 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? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. (Ezekiel 18:20-32)
Each individual is responsible for his own soul as to whether he goes to heaven or hell.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:6)
A person that never comes to God and asks forgiveness of his sins is born after the flesh, but not after the spirit. Therefore, he will die in his sins with no hope of heaven.
If a person, who has lived in sin, should turn to God for salvation, then he will have eternal life.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
God does not enjoy the death of the wicked. He had rather they repent and be saved.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
(II Peter 3:9)
A person who has been saved and then begins to live after the flesh may die as a result of his sin. This is the death of the body and not the soul.
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (I Corinthians 11:28-32)
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (I John 5:16)
ILL.> Ananias and Sapphira.
I. FIRST OF ALL, REPENT AND TRUST CHRIST.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19; 20:21)
- What does it mean to repent? To change ones mind. It also means to turn.
- In order for us to be saved we must change our mind in regard to past action, that of living in sin.
- This would bring about regret for the way we have lived and cause us to turn from sin unto Christ. Repentance is a change of mind that brings about a change of action.
- Repentance must be accompanied by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31)
II. CAST AWAY TRANSGRESSIONS.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
- Our repentance and faith should result in a casting off of the old man of sin.
- It should cause us to desire to be different than we were. This is a growing process.
- Genuine salvation changes our outlook on life.
- The things we once loved, we now hate.
- The things we once hated, we now love.
III. GOD IS ASKING YOU, “WHY WILL YOU DIE?”
- This question is directed to the lost primarily.
- There is no need for you to die in your sins.
- The Lord Jesus Christ died for you.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
(I Peter 3:18)
- Will you trust Him today, right now? Just tell Him you are sorry for your sins and that you believe that He died, was buried and rose again and ask Him to save you.