From Pastor Perry

10/13/2018 1 John 5:15-17

1 John 5:15-17

That You May Know

15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.[1]


What is the sin that leads to death?  The “unpardonable sin,” as this sin has been called, is also commonly known as “the sin against the Holy Spirit.” To describe a sin as “unpardonable” seems to contradict our Christian hope and certainty. After all, the essence of the Christian faith is the declaration that God would have all people to be saved, that is, to come home to Him, forgiven (1Tm 2:4).

In that light, how can there be an unpardonable sin?

Twice in the Gospels, the inspired writers remember our Lord’s reference to the unpardonable sin (Mt 12:31–32; Mk 3:29–30). Another key text is Heb 6:4–6. A final reference to the unpardonable sin is in 1 John, where the apostle describes that sin in a dreadful phrase, “sin that leads to death” (5:16). To understand what the unpardonable sin is, we need to understand the context of each of the passages noted above and how they relate to one another. We need to follow the interpretation principle “Let Scripture interpret Scripture.”[2]


I pray: O Lord, help me to always trust you and to let you lead me to you heavenly kingdom.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), 1 Jn 5:15–21.

[2] Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2181.

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