“Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.”
God calls His people to imitate Him. He is forever “steadfast in righteousness”, and so we ought to similarly remain steadfast. However, because this task is too great a task for any man, God promises that He has already won this fight for us. As Romans 8:3-4 says, “By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he (God) condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us….” These words do not tell us that we will cease to sin the instant he saves us, but these words do promise that He will conquer our sin in us that we might truly walk “steadfast in righteousness” and thus obtain the life he promises.
In immediate contrast to its first statement, Proverbs 11:19 offers a promise that the wicked will be cast down. Death, the punishment for sin, is in the hands of God, and God promises that death attends those who pursue sin. To paraphrase Jonathan Edwards, the sinner walks on a rotten bridge above the fires of hell, and God alone brings judgement upon him. This message should encourage all who truly believe in Him; this message should chasten all who do not believe in Him.
Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more... offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.