December 26 — A Sin Not Towards Death (1 John 5:17)
1 John 5:17: “Every unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not towards death.”
Verse 17: “Every unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not towards death.”
We do not have the little word “a” occurring in the Greek text. This verse could be translated simply: “Every unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not towards death.”
J. Vernon McGee says: Believers who are alive today have all sinned, but we haven’t sinned a sin unto death. We did something that was wrong, it was unrighteousness, but God didn’t take us home. If He were taking home every believer who sinned, I would have been taken home a long time ago.
John wants to emphasize that sin is sin, whether we confess it or not. He is referencing the sin which “entangles our feet as we run the race” in this section.
Sin which is committed as an accident by a Christian is not towards death. When the sin is committed, the Christian will flee into the Lord’s presence to experience confession and repentance in order that fellowship with the Father might be restored.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT): “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
Please join me in worship and praise as we sing verses 1 and 4 of “He Is So Precious to Me”: “So precious is Jesus, my Saviour, my King; His praise all the day long with rapture I sing; To Him in my weakness for strength I can cling, For He is so precious to me. I praise Him because He appointed a place Where, some day, thro’ faith in His wonderful grace, I know I shall see Him, shall look on His face, For He is so precious to me. For He is so precious, so precious to me; For He is so precious, so precious to me. ‘Tis Heaven below, my Redeemer to know, For He is so precious to me.”