What Is The Sin Unto Death?

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

Question:

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

Answer:

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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Full-Time Trust

Full-Time Trust – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

It’s easy to trust God on Sunday during worship services.  It’s Monday through Saturday that’s the problem for most people. How can you trust God all the time, no matter what is going on in your life? Notice Luke 23:46 and Colossians 3:15 – 4:6 for some answers. Both Scripture references are taken from the New International Version.

Christ’s Confidence: Luke 23:46

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”

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A Christian’s Confidence: Colossians 3:15 – 4:6

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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1. Describe the tone or mood of Colossians 3:15 – 17.

2. Why is thankfulness such a key ingredient in a Christian’s life?

3. What do these verses say about roles and attitudes in a Christian marriage?

4. Look at verses 20, 21. What does this say about God’s design for parent-child relationships?

5. Now read Colossians 3:22 – 4:1. Let’s assume Paul’s instructions can apply to employees and employers today. What does he say our attitude should be toward work? Our employers? Our employees? Why?

Paul wasn’t living in some ideal world when he wrote these instructions. He knew life wasn’t always fair or just the way he wanted. He chose to trust God no matter what was going on in his life.

6. Suppose your life is rotten right now. Why can you, as a child of God, still follow these instructions? Consider Colossians 3:17, 23 – 25 and Colossians 4:5, 6.

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Could You Please Explain James 4:17?

(Could you please explain James 4:17?) Bible Question

Question:

“Could you please explain James 4:17?”

Answer:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

– James 4:13  –  17 (New American Standard Bible)

James is warning us about the careless attitude of business and daily life. While we make plans for a grand future, life can change in a moment. Death, illness, unemployment, foreclosure, etc. can catch any one of us. We should not be so sure of ourselves that we think we can make tomorrow or next year exactly what we want them to be. Instead, we are to be humble, relying on God and counting on Him to sustain us, regardless of the unexpected turns in life.

In this context, James want us to keep our priorities straight. Since we do not know what tomorrow will bring (let alone next year), we should busy ourselves with doing what is good. To let our focus drift to mundane things instead of the important things is wrong; it is sin. In simple terms, James (as he does throughout his letter) is pushing us to keep our loyalty to God in place. God is our priority.

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