08 February, 2017

Ezekiel 18:23, 32, and 33:11—“The Ezekiel Triplet”

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? (Ezek. 18:23)

For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye (Ezek. 18:32).

Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezek. 33:11)

These three texts appear frequently in discussions and debates on the topic of common grace. They are generally understood as meaning that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked generally, and absolutely, that God here expresses a real, earnest, ardent (albeit ineffectual and unfulfilled) desire for the salvation of absolutely all men, and that in these texts, God is presenting a general, well-meant offer of grace and salvation to all.

The following articles are various Reformed voices on these texts:



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