Salvation in the Old Testament

As the Prophet Ezekiel endured captivity in Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar, the Word of the LORD came to him as recorded in Ezekiel 18 saying, “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.

The LORD gave further explanation as to those who could live eternally with Him and not die a spiritual death, saying, But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and righthath withdrawn his hand from iniquityhath walked in My statues, and hath kept My judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.”

Concerning the next generation that follow after sin, God said, “If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these thingshe shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.”

If the next generation follows after righteousness, God says, “Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such likehe shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.”

Reiterating in verse 20 of Ezekiel 18, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die, the LORD continued, “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.”

The LORD then gives how one could be saved, But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all My statues, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”

“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions;  Cast away from you all your transgressions;  Make you a new heart and a new spirit: For why will ye die?”

(Ezekiel 18)




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