Some people think that God will never punish us for our sins. They think that it is enough for us to ask God to forgive us and God will ignore the sins that we have committed. But there is a price to pay for the sins that we have all committed. God will not and cannot ignore the sins that we have committed.

The soul that sins will pay the price

God is a God of justice and righteousness. He is very fair in all that He does. He does not play favorites and treat some people one way and other people another way.

The Bible teaches us that: “What?’ you ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live. The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die.” (Ezekiel 18:19-21).

We see that in God’s plan He will punish the person for their sins. The soul that sins will die. I will not die or suffer for the sins you committed, and you will not suffer or die for the sins that someone else committed or did. You will be punished for the sins that you did.

God will not be mocked

We will not be able to make fun of God and then get away with it. God will not accept our insults and He will deal with them. God remembers what we have said and what we have done and He will deal with us as we deserve.

The Bible teaches us: “Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” (Galatians 6:7).

Whatever we do God will reward us for it. If we did something bad, God will remember that and we will be punished for it.

Jesus took our place of punishment

Fortunately for us God made a way for us to be saved from our sins without us having to pay for our sins. God punished Jesus Christ for our sins.

“But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26).

It’s not about following the law it is about being forgiven

God will punish sin. He has to. He is God. We as human beings are wrong if we think we can earn God’s favour and grace by following the law and working harder at doing good works. All the good works in the world will not take away the fact that God has to punish sin.

“ For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

We cannot earn God’s forgiveness. We can only accept the free gift of salvation that God has provided to us through Jesus Christ. “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

But the wrath God was poured out upon Christ for our sins. Jesus took our sins upon Himself so that He could be punished for our sins. Our sins became His sin. This is why the Scripture is still true that says:

“The soul that sins will die.” (Ezekiel 18:20).

“Jesus tasted death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9).

He paid the price. He took the punishment. And the chastisement of our peace was upon him. (Isaiah 53:5).

Jesus died for us

We cannot earn favour or peace with God. We have all sinned and no matter how many good works we do we cannot erase or delete the punishment that we deserve because of the sins we have committed. God must punish sin. God must pour out His anger on the sins that you committed, and the sins that I committed. We cannot be free from our debt by working harder. We cannot pay for the sins that we did in the past with the good works for today. Our good works are not enough to pay for the sins that we have all committed.

The payment for our sins is the eternal lake of fire. People will suffer for their sins forever. It is a destiny that we cannot imagine. It is too hard for us to understand. But in our hearts we know there is a place of torment and suffering for those people who have sinned against God. And we have all sinned against God and therefore we will all suffer.

Glory to be Jesus who took our sin upon Himself and died for us. By dying on the cross for our sins Jesus took the punishment of death and eternal suffering upon Himself so that by believing in Jesus Christ we could be free from the power of death.

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