Scripture For Today:
2 Samuel 15:31
“Now David had been told, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, ‘Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.’”
What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 4
We have been looking at what the Apostle John has to say about prayer. Yesterday, we looked at the first part of what John wrote in First John 5:16, but today I want to look at the rest of verse 16:
“There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”
So, the question is, “What is a sin unto death?”
I want to be very clear here. A “sin unto death” is NOT a sin that a sinner can commit. Over the last few days that we have been studying this verse, we have come to understand that John is speaking here – to BELIEVERS. Born again Christians.
This part of verse 16 is also speaking about believers. Go back to the first part of verse 16, “If any man sees his BROTHER sin a sin that is not unto death…”
John was not talking about physical death here, but Spiritual death or eternal separation from God. This is the sin of denying Christ. This verse is speaking about Christians who make a conscious decision to reject Jesus Christ. Only – here me – ONLY mature Christians can make that type of decision and commit this type of sin.
In Hebrews 6:4-6, we see the five qualifications that a believer would have to fulfill before he or she would be guilty of committing this unpardonable, “sin unto death.” Hebrews 6:4-6:
“For it is impossible for those who were once ENLIGHTENED, and have TASTED OF THE HEAVENLY GIFT, and were MADE PARTAKERS OF THE HOLY GHOST, and have TASTED THE GOOD WORD OF GOD, and THE POWERS OF THE WORLD TO COME, IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY, to renew them again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.”
Before Christians can be found guilty of committing this “sin unto death,” they would need to fulfill all five conditions mentioned in that scripture and apply them to their life. In summary, I’ll list them all again here:
1. They are enlightened and see their lost condition and need for a Savior.
2. They have tasted of Jesus Christ and been born again.
3. They are filled with the Holy Ghost.
4. They have grown Spiritually enough so they are not just a “baby Christian” feeding on the milk of God’s Word. They are Spiritually mature enough to be feeding on the “meat” of God’s Word with a deeper understanding.
5. They have had the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, or the “powers of the world to come” operating in their lives and ministries.
So, from this list, you can see that very few believers could ever qualify for committing the unpardonable sin, or the “sin unto death.”
I will talk more about this next time.
Right now, I want to pray for you, that you will have an understanding and know that you have not committed this “sin unto death,” or you would not be listening to me right now! Amen!
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