I’m so glad God doesn’t hold us responsible for the sins of our fathers. I have enough of my own to account for, and I’m so thankful Jesus paid the price for them on the cross if I repent and come to Him. Ezekiel spoke God’s word on this –
The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, “What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children’s teeth are set on edge’? “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel. “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. But if a man is just And does what is lawful and right; … If he has walked in My statutes And kept My judgments faithfully— He is just; He shall surely live!” Says the Lord GOD. – Ezek. 18:1-9
My Grandchildren sing a song about this, about learning that it is all the mercy of God that sustains us.
It takes all of us some time to learn that we don’t have it in us to pay for our sins but, God still loves us and He sent His Sinless Son to pay the price for our sins on the Cross. He makes a way for us to come before Him because the blood of Jesus makes us clean and He sent the Holy Spirit to regenerate and renew us.
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:4-7
This friends is Grace – undeserved mercy. And He also sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and help us leave the sinful habits of our old man and walk according to the commands of God so that Grace could be fulfilled. We have just this life to learn these lessons because one day we all will stand before God and give an account for our works, whether they were works of our own flesh or works by the Spirit.
“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” – Rev. 20:12
We have this time on earth to learn to do the good works that Jesus has prepared for us to do –
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Eph. 2:10
These works were prepared beforehand, as David said,
“Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Ps. 139:16
Now I know you all know these things, and so do I, but, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of them every so often especially as His return is not far away. May we all persevere and continue walking by the Holy Spirit until we fulfill all the book written for us.