The Sin Unto Death
December 5, 2011
he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not
unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he
shall pray for it." (1 John 5:16)
Christian "brother," not an unbeliever, and so is not the
socalled "unforgivable sin," the blasphemy against the
Holy Spirit. Christ said the latter sin cannot be forgiven,
"neither in this world, neither in the world to come"
(Matthew 12:32). It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to
convict unbelievers "of sin, because they believe not on me"
(John 16:9). If a person irrevocably rejects Christ, even
after he fully understands the evidences of His deity, His
substitutionary death with its offer of salvation, and the
awful consequences of eternity without Him, then he "hath
done despite to the Spirit of grace" (Hebrews 10:29). In
effect, he has put his faith in Satan rather than Christ, and
there is nothing more that God's Holy Spirit can--or will--do.
This is the truly unforgivable sin.
sin of total unbelief or willful apostasy (a true Christian will
not commit that kind of sin). If he deliberately continues to
practice ungodliness in life or doctrine, however, refusing to
repent, not even responding to God's chastening discipline
(note Hebrews 12:5-11), then the only recourse of the Lord
may be to send physical death, although not eternal spiritual
death, for such a person is delivered "unto Satan for the
destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the
day of the Lord Jesus" (1 Corinthians 5:5).
a sober warning against persistence in any known sin. "He
shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by
fire" (1 Corinthians 3:15). HMM
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