Living in this Day
Below are three principles of God to keep in mind as we walk through our daily lives especially since it appears we are so close to the last days. Two Important Principles of God are "In Whatsoever Condition I Find You When You Die, In that shall I Judge You Entirely," and also, "The Additional Judgment of those Placed as Watchman." These are combined with a Third Important Principle of, "Repentance Wipes Away the Transgression."
According to the following principles, it is important that we daily watch our conduct and speech, and repent often, instantly asking for forgiveness of our transgressions. In Ezekiel 3:18-21 the Lord says to His watchman:
When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his 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. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul."
Therefore, whoever sees someone in transgression and we recognize it, we are to warn them, else their blood will be upon our hands. We cannot wait for others to do so. By this a nation walks in Righteousness and favor with God. Also in Ezekiel 33:12-16:
Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
In Christianity there also is the injunction in Philippians 2:12 regarding our daily conduct,
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
This is not to say salvation can be obtained by works, but in all things walk with Jesus, for it says in Ephesians 2:8-9,
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Verse 9, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Therefore, humbly asking for forgiveness often is important, for we stand before a Holy God who loves us and earnestly desires life for everyone. He gives it freely and instantly for it likewise says in Joel 2:32 and Acts 2:21:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Love, Thomas and Arlene