“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin.” – Deuteronomy 24:16
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You sin. I sin. All of God’s children sin. So why is it that the word sin has become so taboo nowadays? Nobody uses that word in common vernacular (many probably don’t use “vernacular” in regular conversation, either. But that’s beside the point). We all make mistakes, we all commit wrongdoing, and we all carry out offenses against God and His will for our lives. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). No one is perfect. But how would you feel if someone else’s sin was accounted to you instead of them? What if your parents’ sins were imputed to you or yours to them?
We see an example in Scripture where the disciples of Jesus believed that a man suffered for the sins of his parents in John chapter 9 verse 2. But suffering is not always an indication of sin. And thankfully, the child does not bear responsibility for the sins of the father. Deuteronomy 24:16 and Ezekiel 18:20 make that clear.
“The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt 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).
Each person will have to give an account of himself to God (Romans 14:12). But God sent His Son Jesus Christ to bear the sins of the world. And we don’t have to pay the wage of our sin, which is death (Roman 6:23), if we turn to Him for salvation. You can be saved from your sins if you will believe in Jesus Christ (Joh 8:24), if you will confess His name (Matthew 10:32-33), if you will repent of your sins – stop doing them and turn to do what’s right (Luke 13:3), and if you will be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:16). Then you will have a clean slate and the blood of Jesus will continuously cleanse you of all sin.
Yes, we all sin. But we don’t have to remain in our sins. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins by giving His life in place of ours. Will you accept that gift today and obey Him?
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7