‘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,’ [repent] ‘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. . . . 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.’  (Ezek.  18:20-24, 26-28)

 

Repentance:  ‘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.’

 

‘Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: RETURN YE NOW EVERY ONE FROM HIS EVIL WAY, AND MAKE YOUR WAYS AND YOUR DOINGS GOOD.’  (Jer. 18:11)

 

‘I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, RETURN YE NOW EVERY MAN FROM HIS EVIL WAY, AND AMEND YOUR DOINGS, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.’  (Jer. 35:15)

 

‘It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may RETURN EVERY MAN FROM HIS EVIL WAY; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.’  (Jer. 36:3)

 

Repentance: ‘ Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings’

 

‘From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, REPENT: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  (Matt. 4:17)

 

Jesus is called ‘The Word’.  He is the embodiment of everything that God has ever spoken.  He quoted and paraphrased Scripture (Moses and the Prophets).  When Jesus said ‘Repent’ He was paraphrasing Jeremiah and Ezekiel who both called the people to ‘return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good’.

 

‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:’  (Heb. 12:14)

 

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such WERE some of you . . . ‘  (1 Cor. 6:9-11)

 

‘Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.’  (Gal. 5:19-21)

 

The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

 

Repent.

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