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It's (Almost) Never Too Late
by Wayne Blank
"I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked"
God wants no one to be lost, and has given, or will give, everyone the freedom to choose eternal life, or eternal death, for themselves. God will then make one, or the other, happen:
"As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die?" (Ezekiel 33:11 RSV)
"God will overlook my sin because I'm righteous"
But, at the same time, for those who have repented and are living a life of obedience to God's Law as best as humanly possible, it's never too late to fall back into corruption. The righteous who believe that they can "afford to sin" are mistaken:
"The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that he has committed he shall die."
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