A Hard Saying

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.  When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from him wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Ezekiel 3:17-19

This is one of those passages that, to me at least, is a “hard saying.”  I understand that, doctrinally, we do not need to preach to the lost in order to “deliver our soul.”  We do not try to bring people to the Saviour in order to “earn” our salvation.  But I believe that the general principle found in these verses still applies, as hard as it may be for us to swallow.

I can only speak for myself, but I shudder to think how many people I have passed by in my life and not shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with.  I shudder to think how many people will never come to the Lord and will die in their sins because I didn’t fulfill my duty and warn them.  I shudder to think what my answer will be when someone I knew in this life asks me “why didn’t you warn me?” on their way to judgment.

This is not a pleasant subject on which to think.  But it is necessary.  Let us do what we can while we can.  We have been given a commission.  Let us do our best to fulfill it.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben. I know it’s hard. My dad asked when he was dying of cancer, why no one told him about Jesus sooner. It broke my heart.
    God bless you for bringing us the hard stuff too.


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