For those of you who weren’t able to attend yesterday’s Sunday service at ORCNI, the full transcript and a video of my sermon are now available online.
Today, we are looking into the particulars of this message: the Gospel according to Ezekiel.
Ezekiel starts this message by proclaiming death as the consequence of sin. This is reiterated throughout the Bible, but we sometimes tend to forget the vital importance and the sentiment Ezekiel expresses here. From various places in Scripture, both Old and New Testament we know that God will judge all people, each one, according to their deeds. Ecclesiastes 12:14 says “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Romans 2:6 teaches that God “will render to every man according to his deeds”, and similar passages appear throughout Scripture. This is serious. The Bible repeats this message time and time again. This was meant as a very serious message to the people in captivity by Ezekiel; and it is meant as a very serious message to God’s church throughout the ages – to us. Sin leads to death. In sin there is only death. And by death, Scripture does not simply refer to the few moments of suffering it takes the average person to die. No! Death means eternal agony, eternal suffering under the just wrath of God for ever and ever and ever without end. That is the second death – the final death. That is the wages of sin. That is extremely, extremely serious!
The soul who sins shall die!