The justice of Christ in the Old Testament
1 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2 “What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying:
5 But if a man is just and does what is lawful and right;
In these next verses of Ezekiel 18, we notice that it gives something like a list of righteous deeds that a man needs to perform, so that he can live and be approved by God. We know from various passages of the Old Testament that the people living in that time, the people of the nation of Israel weren’t able to keep up with all of the commandments. No one actually was able to fulfil all the law and righteousness by himself. Same is today. No one can really be righteous by himself and fulfill all the commandments to perfection. We always fail at some point. How then can someone be saved and approved by God? Because Jesus says in the New Testament that even if we didn’t do something physically, but we even did it in our heart, then we still sinned (Matthew 5:27,28).
How can someone be able to practice this? How can someone have really a clean heart? This passage was written by king David in a petition for repentance after he sinned. To have a clean heart is something that the New Testament is talking and focusing more about. We can see here how people inspired by God were already writing about the promises of the New Testament, about what was about to come. David wrote this psalm by which we can be still inspired today and get an insight on how to humble and repent in front of God.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
V. 19 of Matthew 5 says:
This verse confirms that Jesus still wants from us in some way to accomplish the law, to practice His commandments and word. Something that is impossible with our own strength as we said. This verse tells us that the salvation is not a matter of a cheap grace that only saves at the moment without leaving any sign of change in us. We are speaking about the God almighty the creator of the heavens, of the universe and the earth. Don’t you think that such a mighty God wouldn’t leave any trace or sign in the person in which He has been working? Of course He will. Even in the weakest person there could be. His grace is more than sufficient and is making us to love and follow His commandments.
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