1 John 5:16-17(NLT) If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.
Examine these verses:
Gal 6:8-9: Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. [NLT]
Rev 21:8: “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”[NLT]
It is quite clear from the scriptures that all sins, whether great or small, lead to spiritual death.
What then was the Apostle of the Lord talking about in today’s Bible text?
In the early church, because of sound kingdom proliferation and understanding, it was quite clear to the brethren that certain sins Christians committed (especially in rebellion) led to their physical death. Ananias and Sapphira died physically because of a wrong spirit they were trying to introduce to the church (see Acts 5:1-11).
I believe this is the reason why Apostle James instructed the saints to confess their sins to one another and invite the Church elders to pray for them if they have a lingering sickness (see James 5:14-16). It was quite common knowledge in the early church that people could get very sick and even die if certain unrepented sins remained in their lives. These sins are the sins that lead to death.
Go into today asking the Lord to deliver you from every sin and stubbornness. Ask the Lord to help you increase daily in spiritual understanding.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask for grace to walk perfectly all the days of my life. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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