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The Way of the Lord

THE WAY OF THE LORD

EZEKIEL 18:20-32

 

INTRODUCTION:

            A.        In order to justify themselves the Jews used a proverb; Ezekiel 18:1-2

            B.         This Proverb reflected on God’s justice; Ezekiel 18:24-26

            C.        Terms of judgment; Ezekiel 18:19-20, 30

  D.        The same principle, applies to mankind today; Galatians 6:5-8

   1.         Paul wrote; Romans 14:12

   2.         The brethren at Corinth were told; II Corinthians 5:10

   3.         We are told; Romans 6:1-12 (verse 12)

            E.         A study of the consequences of sin; “The Way of the Lord”

 

  I.        SIN IS ATTRIBUTED TO THE SOUL: Ezekiel 18:20

            A.        The prophet Micah; Micah 6:7

            B.         The body is the instrument of sin; Romans 6:13

            C.        Inner man responsible for conduct; Matthew 15:18-2

            D.        Refutes doctrine that Christian sins do not affect the soul; II Corinthians 7:1

 

II.         THE SON WILL NOT BEAR THE SINS OF THE FATHER: Ezekiel 18:20

            A.        May suffer natural consequence of father’s sin

            B.         May follow father’s example; Matthew 23:32; Acts 7:51; I Peter 1:18

            C.        Children do not inherit sin; Ezekiel 18:20

 

III.       THE RIGHTEOUS CAN TURN FROM RIGHTEOUSNESS: Galatians 5:4

            A.        The Hebrew letter tells us; Hebrews 12:15

            B.         Demas; II Timothy 4:10; James 4:4

            C.        New Testament warnings; I Corinthians 1:10; Hebrews 3:12

            D.        If it is impossible; II Peter 1:5-10

 

 IV.      THE WICKED MAY TURN FROM WICKEDNESS: Ezekiel 18:21-23, 27-28

            A.        Free moral agents; Joshua 24:15

            B.         Forsaking wickedness is necessary to forgiveness; John 5:14

                        1.         Jesus told the adulterous woman; John 8:11

                        2.         Paul asked; Romans 6:1-2

            C.        Change is reformation; Acts 26:18-20

                        1.         Repentance must precede it; Luke 13:3

                        2.         Baptism must follow repentance; Acts 2:38

 

CONCLUSION:

A.        Sin is a grim reality; Romans 3:23

            B.         The consequence is spiritual death; Romans 6:23

            C.        Cease walking in sin and let God forgive them; Matthew 11:28