The Chance of a Lifetime
Ezekiel 18:26-32 (NIV)
26If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, he will die for it; because of the sin he has committed he will die. 27But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life. 28Because he considers all the offenses he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die. 29Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?
30“Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
II. Take Note of The Judgment of Man: Receiving His Due (vv. 26-29)
A. The Judgment of a Righteous Man Who Turns to Sin
B. The Judgment of a Sinful Man Who Turns Away from Sin
C. The Judgment of a Merciful God who’s Ways are Just
III. Take Advantage of The Opportunity of Man: Repenting of Sin (vv. 30-32)
A. The Opportunity to Avoid an Unhappy Ending
B. The Opportunity to Get a New Heart
C. The Opportunity to Delight God