2 Kings 14:6 reminds us of a truth in the way that God deals with sinful humans: “But he did not put to death the children of the murderers, according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, where the Lord commanded, ‘Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. But each one shall die for his own sin.’”
Those this verse is talking about death in a physical sense, the spiritual reality behind it is also true. People do not die spiritually and spend eternity in hell because of anyone’s sin but their own. Children don’t go to hell because of what their fathers did nor do fathers go to hell because of their children.
But, even more profoundly do we need to recognize that the opposite is also true. No one receives the gift of eternal life because of what someone else has done either. Children are not saved because their parents are nor vice versa. Each one must repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ on their own. As the very old saying goes: “God has no grandchildren.”
So have you repented and believed? Are you teaching your children the necessity for them to repent and believe? Grandfathers, are you passing the gospel to your grandchildren?
Prayer: Father, if any of us are trusting in our parents’ salvation to make us right with you I pray you would bring us to the end of that and grant us repentance and faith. Help us to know that our children and grandchildren are not included in your kingdom just because they were born into our families. Help us to be diligent to teach the truths of your Word to them so that the generations that follow may praise your name.