Saturday, May 31, 2014

Do not punish by murder the baby conceived in rape

Do not punish by murder the baby conceived in rape

May 7, 2014 at 10:43am

God's divine rule forever establishes the just and equitable principle that none should be responsible for the sins and crimes of others. Only the transgressor himself was to bear the penalty of his sin (cf. 2 Kings 14:6). 

The soul who sins shall die. 
The son shall not suffer 
for the iniquity of the father, 
nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. 
The righteousness of the righteous 
shall be upon himself, 
and the wickedness of the wicked 
shall be upon himself.
~ Ezekiel 18:20

Parents are not to be put to death 
for their children, 
nor children put to death 
for their parents; 
each will die 
for their own sin.
~ Deuteronomy 24:26

And the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him; and not another; his sin shall remain on him unatoned for, unexpiated, not taken away or forgiven; the punishment of it shall be on him, and abide upon him. 

Every man shall be put to death for his own sin: which is but just and reasonable; see Ezekiel 18:4;
"Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine: the soul who sins shall die."

And children shall not be put to death, neither by the testimony, nor for the sins of fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin by proper witnesses.

The soul that continues in sin, without repentance towards God, and faith in Christ, shall die the second death; shall be separated from the presence of God, and endure His wrath to all eternity...The person that is guilty of gross sins, and continues in them, shall personally suffer; he shall endure one calamity or another, as the famine, sword, pestilence, or be carried into captivity, which is the death all along spoken of in this chapter; the Lord will exercise no patience towards him, or defer punishment to a future generation, his offspring; but shall immediately execute it upon himself. 
~ John Gill

The soul that sinneth it shall die.
As to eternity, every man was, is, and will be dealt with, as his conduct shows him to have been under the old covenant of works, or the new covenant of grace...All souls are in the hand of the great Creator: He will deal with them in justice or mercy; nor will any perish for the sins of another, who is not in some sense worthy of death for his own. We all have sinned, and our souls must be lost, if God deal with us according to His Holy Law; but we are invited to come to Christ. If a man who had shown his faith by his works, had a wicked son, whose character and conduct were the reverse of his parent's, could it be expected he should escape the Divine vengeance on account of his father's piety? Surely not. And should a wicked man have a son who walked before God as righteous, this man would not perish for his father's sins...
The question here is not about the meritorious ground of justification, but about the Lord's dealings with the righteous and the wicked.
~ Matthew Henry 

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