Prayer 2021 - August 28 - What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 7
Scripture For Today:
“Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 6
The last several days, we have been studying what John had to say in 1 John 5:16 about a “sin unto death.”
“There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”
Then we referenced the five qualifications outlined in Hebrews 6:4-6 which outline the ONLY time that someone may commit a “sin unto death.”
“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.”
Yesterday, we learned exactly what this meant. That a believer, and not just a believer, but someone who was operating in the Gifts of the Spirit and understood the Power of God, swore off Christ and began to swear allegiance to a false god. It could be leaving Christianity and convert to Islam or whatever.
We learned that a believer, even a person who had operated in the Gifts of the Spirit, even a minister of God and a preacher, could sin terribly – but still not fulfill the five criteria of committing a “sin unto death.”
It takes someone who totally swears off their salvation in Christ alone and, basically, swears allegiance to another. Or to themselves. That type of sin is the ONLY SIN that fulfills all of the five criteria.
This is not the sin of lying or cheating or anything like that. God will still forgive you of those sins if you genuinely are sorry for your sin and you confess them to Him.
The writer of Hebrews explains, in detail, that person can only commit a sin unto death who, “…hath trodden under foot the Son of God and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he has been sanctified, as an unholy thing and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace.”
If you are familiar with church history, you know the Hebrew Christians were under great persecution. And they were constantly tempted to go back to Judaism.
You see, when a Jew accepted Christ, they were cut off from their family, their kin folk, their friends, their business associates. And their social support system. As a result, Christians in that day had it very, very difficult. They suffered emotionally and financially and every other way, too.
But Paul was issuing a warning to them. He was saying here,
“If you go back to Judaism, then you are going to have to deny Christ to do it. You are going to have to deny that He is the Messiah. You will have to deny that He is the Son of God. And to deny Christ like that is the same thing as saying that the Blood of the New Covenant, the Blood of Christ, is an unholy thing and worthless…”
And it is the same way today.
If you were to convert to Islam, you would have to swear to that, too.
What do you think all of the persecution is against Christians in Muslim nations is about? They try to force believers to renounce Christ and swear allegiance to Mohammed. A believer cannot do that. But – let me emphasize the five points again…
I’m already out of time, so I’ll just summarize here and then we will take this up again tomorrow…
A believer in a Muslim country is under great persecution. Some are babies in Christ. They have realized He is their Savior and have accepted Him as such. But they are not operating in the Gifts of the Spirit.
The Lord showed me this when our radio station started to be listened to – a lot – from Muslim nations. Almost 1/3 of our listeners come from what is known as the 10-40 window. Amen!
What the Lord showed me was, these brothers and sisters in Christ need to act and behave a certain way, publicly, in the environment in which they live. But when they get behind closed doors, they are repenting for having done so and studying the Word and listening to Christian teachings via the Internet. Amen!
THAT is totally different from someone who has been living, preaching and operating under the Gifts of the Spirit and then, because they want to save their own life for temporary situations, curse the Blood of Jesus. Go back and look at the five criteria again and you will see what I mean.
I’m all out of time for today…
I want to pray for you, especially if you are in this type of situation. You are NOT committing a “sin unto death” – unless you fulfill the five criteria we discussed. Amen!
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