What Is The Sin Unto Death?

(What Is The Sin Unto Death?) Bible Question.


“What is the sin unto death? Is this the unforgivable sin?”


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.  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.” – 1 John 5:16, 17 (King James Version)

The preposition “unto” in this passage is from the Greek word, “pros“. Thayer’s Greek – English Lexicon says of that word: “it denotes motion and direction.” So, what does this mean? As the Scripture states, there is “a sin unto death”. By definition, that sin is moving in the direction of death. In other words, it will bring death (which is “the lake of fire” – Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14).

Notice that every sin is not a “sin unto death”. The reason for that is simple: repentance and submission to the Lord will gain forgiveness of sins. Thus, as we “walk in the light”, the blood of Jesus “cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). The “sin unto death” is the sin which a person commits with the attitude, “I will persist in this, even though I know it is wrong.” If one lives with the attitude, “I will do what I want, even if God says otherwise”, he is committing the sin unto death. In other words, he is determined to persist in that sin, even though he realizes the eternal consequences of his actions.



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