What Is The Sin Leading To Death?

We believe that the blood of Jesus covers all sins. We believe that “if we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins” (I John 1:9). But, John tells us in I John 5:16, “There is a sin leading to death…” What sin was John referring to?
There are a couple of possible interpretations for this text. It is even pointed out by one commentator that the word “a” should not be before the word “sin;” meaning that there is not one sin that leads to death. So, what does the verse mean?
William Barclay, in his “Daily Study Bible” commentary on this text believes that the verse refers to someone who has committed the same sin repeatedly that they get to a point that they do not experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit when they sin. The idea is that someone sins… does something they shouldn’t do. Then, they do it again… and again… and again.
Until they get to a point that they do not feel remorse over their sin. When they get to that point, that sin leads to death because they are not experiencing conviction which could lead them to forgiveness.
What does this mean to us? There may be something that you have done that the Holy Spirit convicted you of. You sensed the conviction… but you didn’t stop committing the sin… and it gradually became easier and easier to commit the sin until, you felt no conviction at all.
You may know someone like this. If so, you obviously need to pray for them and maybe even talk with them. But, it may be that we… you and I… are experiencing this. We started doing something some time back and at first, it bothered us but it bothers us less each time we do it. That sin we are committing is leading us to death unless we confess it and ask forgiveness.
I encourage you, if God’s spirit is convicting you some of something, you need to confess your sin and ask the Spirit to help you with it before it’s too late.

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