“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.” (Eze 18:4)
What an amazing verse this is! God says all souls are his. He created them. He decides their destinies. In Hebrews 12:9, the writer calls God the “Father of our Spirits.”
And if we take our soul that has been given to us — the thing that inhabits the physical body that makes us spiritual, not just flesh and blood — and cause it to sin, we will die. We will die a physical death, but that doesn’t affect the soul except to make it lose its place of dwelling. We will die a spiritual death, the only death that souls can have.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt 10:28)
They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (II Thes 1:9)
All souls belong to God. I would say they are what He treasures most. The destruction of our souls is the last thing He wants. He sent so many prophets to warn Israel. He gave us Jesus so we could have His Spirit in our hearts and resist temptation. He gave us His Word so we would know how to walk in the right way.
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? (Ezek 18:23)
Some would say that a good God could not send souls to destruction. But God is just. In a way, it is refreshing that God is just. There is so much that isn’t fair in the world. The Boston bombings happened not long ago. We don’t want the young man who committed the crime to get away with it. We want justice. Why should this be different for crimes against the soul?
“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life” (Ezek 18:25-27)
God wants so much for us to live!
A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied,
Satan is the one who wants for us to be destroyed. This verse says that the evil spirit was destroying this boy. We may not be possessed by an evil spirit, but we struggle with sin, and the temptation to sin also comes from the Evil One. Sin is destructive in the current life, and in the life to come. Anger, addiction, pride, jealousy, lust. . . the list goes on. All of these things harm relationships and damage us on the inside.
All souls belong to God. God can destroy a soul, but he wants to save souls. It was nothing for Jesus to get rid of the evil spirit that was plaguing this boy’s soul. The demon possessed boy seemed like a hopeless case. Jesus was severely displeased with those who could not believe that God was strong enough to work in this situation. If I allow myself to think anyone is hopeless, he will be severely displeased with me as well.
When Jesus had called the Twelve together ….. he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick (Luke 9:1-2)
…He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:59-60)
All souls belong to God. He wants more than anything to be reconciled with them. And so he sends us out. There is nothing more important. There are no excuses. And it fills my soul with immense joy, that I could be a part of the process.