Prayer 2021 - August 27 - What John Had to Day About Prayer pt 5 - A Sin Unto Death
Scripture For Today:
“When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.”
What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 5
Yesterday, we started to discuss 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.”
Those qualifications can ONLY apply to a believer – not a sinner. Let’s look at the qualifications that MUST happen for a person – a believer – to commit a “sin unto death.”
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.
In order for a believer, a Christian, to commit a “sin unto death,” ALL FIVE of those qualifications MUST be met. Because of this serious, stringent qualification, you can see why very, very few believers would ever commit such a thing.
It is a tragic situation, when a believer who has been saved, Baptized with the Holy Spirit, operated in the Gifts of the Spirit, taught on and have such a deep revelation of scripture, probably worked in ministry in some form or fashion (if not the five fold ministry – at least in the helps ministry or prayer ministry) – and then, for some reason, SWEAR OFF CHRISTIANITY AND JESUS CHRIST and leave the Faith.
It could be someone who becomes a Muslim or Buddhist. It could be someone who is bitter at losing a loved one – whatever the case may be. Think about it – you are casting aside the Blood of Christ as being worthless.
I’m not talking here about a believer who leaves the church because they fell into sin. Whatever it may have been. Adultery, addiction of some sort, etc. and they feel unworthy of their salvation. They feel they have done something so horrible, there is no way Jesus could ever love them again. They feel miserable about their sin, but feel their future in eternity is hopeless…
I’m not talking about someone like that.
Why would the “sin unto death” rules not apply to them? Didn’t they leave the church?
Didn’t they commit horrible sins?
So why wouldn’t that apply?
Because the Holy Spirit is convicting their heart. They are ashamed and sorrowful for what they did. But because they did it willingly, they feel THEY have committed a sin worthy of death.
But if they are sorrowful and the Holy Spirit is convicting their heart – that means the Holy Spirit is still IN THEIR HEART!
If they swore off Christianity and swore allegiance to Islam or something like that – different story! If they swore off Christianity and worked to oppress Christians, etc. – different story.
But, just because someone committed a sin – even murder – that does not mean they cannot be forgiven! There is NO SIN that the Blood of Jesus cannot cover. Amen! NONE. NOT ONE – except – the “Sin Unto Death” of swearing allegiance to another higher power other than Jesus – AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN. Not before! Not BEFORE! Because if you did that BEFORE you were born again – you can still repent and receive Jesus as your Savior!
Notice the difference?
I’m way over time for today. We will take this up again tomorrow.
I want to pray for you right now! I want to pray that you realize, no matter the sin you or a loved one may have committed, it is not too late to repent. Other than, the “sin unto death” that we have discussed. Amen!
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