1 John

Contemplations & Questions on 1 John 5:16

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, 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

I remember this verse from my many discussions on the subject of once saved, forever saved…OR sometimes tersely put “can the new creation go to hell?”
It was usually quoted to drive home the erroneous point, in my estimation, that some sins the new creation commits can cause him to “die spiritually” and therefore go to hell and then the lake of fire for eternity.

I shall acquiesce that I do not have full light into this scripture yet…There are many questions that unfold upon reading it.
Questions such as:
1. What sins or sin is unto death?
2. What kind of death- physical or spiritual?
3. Does it mean that the sin which is unto death could not be forgiven by the power of the blood of Jesus?
4. If yes, does it not suggest a finite ability to the power of the blood with respect to forgiveness of Sins….does it not make some or one particular sin stronger than the blood of Jesus and the Grace of God?
5. If no, then does it suggest that God uses death (physical I may be able to see, spiritual I cannot conceive) as a means to “chastise” and correct his children? Why would the Father use an enemy to achieve correction in his children??
6. Or would you say that the death spoken about here is a kind of “punishment” metted out by the Kings court (not by the Father to his children But by the King to his subjects) to servants who have “crossed that line”?
7. What “line” is this?

These are questions that ought to help shape our thoughts on this verse.

I believe that this verse cannot mean spiritual death. But as far as the volumes of scripture remain our standard, it must refer to physical death. We have at least one account of this: in Acts 5:1-11.

However the questions remain….

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for light you continue to share as we remain submitted to your tutelage.

In Jesus Name! Amen!


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