Save the Wicked

“Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).

This warning is not only for God’s people, but for all people. “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” {1 Peter 4:17).

If people are separated from God, it isn’t his fault. He has gone to a great deal of trouble to secure our salvation, no matter how bad or how good we think we are. Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the whole world, because, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

As a believer in Jesus Christ, who has received the gift of salvation and has the promise of eternal life, I am acutely aware that this was not done for just me! This promise belongs to all who will believe, and turn to God. No one is out of reach. And if God Almighty is not willing for the wicked to perish, neither am I. But what if it is OK with me? The answer is terrifying.

“If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.” (Ezekiel 3:18). This is why “Save the Wicked” is a warning to God’s people as well as to the wicked themselves. We are held responsible for the message of salvation. We must preach the Gospel.

Donald Marsh ©2020

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