“Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”
This mission made the holy angels rejoice. All this was to convince Ezekiel that the God who sent him had power to bear him out in his work.
He was overwhelmed with grief for the sins and miseries of his people and overpowered by the glory of the vision he had seen. And however sweet retirement, meditation, and communion with God may be, the servant of the Lord must prepare to serve his generation.
The Lord told the prophet He had appointed him a watchman to the house of Israel. If we warn the wicked, we are not chargeable with their ruin.
Though such passages refer to the national covenant made with Israel, they are to be equally applied to the final state of all men under every dispensation.
We are not only to encourage and comfort those who appear to be righteous, but they are to be warned, for many have grown high-minded and secure, have fallen, and even died in their sins.
Surely then the hearers of the gospel should desire warnings and even reproofs.