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THE SIN WHICH LEADS TO DEATH AND THE SIN WHICH DOES NOT LEAD TO DEATH
Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2015-01-24     Views : 1197     Touched : 293
Brethren, first of all, we must understand the fact that we do not interpret Scripture by ourselves, but Scripture is interpreted by Scripture. For example, If Rev Paul C. Jong just told us that Jesus took away all the sins of the world through His baptism without using the Old Testament laying on of hands to explain it, all of us would be living in confusion as to whether it is biblically true or not. And many Christians would have even oppose the gospel of the water and the Spirit more strongly than what we see now. However,the laying on of hands in the sacrificial system which Paul C. Jong used to explain the baptism of Jesus is the proof to silence all our critics. Therefore we see that Matthew 3:13-17 is interpreted by another Scripture which is Leviticus 16:20-22. So Scripture is interpreted by Scripture. And God will judge our critics (the false Christians) who stand against this gospel with hell fire as their reward.

Secondly, unless we are able to know and differentiate between the sin leading to death and the sin which does not lead to death, confusion will set in. How did we become righteous? We became righteous by believing that Jesus came by the water (His baptism), the blood, and the Spirit, and He eliminated all our sins once and for all. Daniel the Prophet, tells us that Jesus came by this method in order to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy (Daniel 9:24).

Therefore anyone who believes is saved from all his sins and he obtained the righteousness of God which is by faith in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:9). Hebrews 10:10 also tells us that we are sanctified once and for all. Therefore if someone who has become righteous through the gospel of the water and the Spirit reject this gospel, and he no longer believes, he will surely become a sinner again. This is because God gave every one the power of choice (volition).We must note that this person was previously a sinner and God made him righteous. But if he become a sinner again as a result of unbelief, he can never be sanctified again a second time. Else Jesus will have to be baptized and crucified repeatedly. This is the sin which leads to death. Thinking that such a person can become righteous again is to make a mockery of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

The Bible says that God cannot be mocked, and what a man sows he will reap (Galatians 6:7). The Bible clearly tells us that there is a sin leading to death and a sin not leading to death. In fact the Bible says that we should not even attempt to pray for those who commit the sin leading to death (1 John 5:16-17). If the Word of God tells us that there is no turning back for those who commit the sin leading to death, who are we to say that if only the person repents he can come back?

Hebrews 6:4-6 says that it is impossible. So who are we to challenge the Word of God and say that it is possible? The Bible says emphatically that it is impossible. Let me quote the whole Scripture passage. It says, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakes of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” That is why the Bible says that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (Hebrews 10:31). The words, “If they fall away” or falling away, refers to the sin that leads to death. The words “Since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God” means that they were righteous, but they became sinners again to make the work of Jesus useless, null and void. Jesus came to make us righteous so why should you be made a sinner again and still think that you can become righteous? It is a dangerous sin.



Even if by an accident, a brother by any uncertain circumstance kills someone and he still believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, he is still our brother, and he will never lose his salvation due to the charges of murder. And I don’t even think that any Saint of God will eventually and intentionally kill someone. This is because the born again Saints have been called by God as His instruments to save souls. Any sin that a born again sin with his flesh is not a sin which leads to death. It is only the sin of rejecting God’s righteousness which leads to spiritual death. However when we speak this way, people whose thoughts are only canal say that if that is what we believe, then our gospel will make people commit more sins intentionally. During the time of the Apostles Paul, they were also accused likewise. But it is never true. That is why Paul said, “And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come? – as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just” (Romans 3:8).

The Bible says that whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him. And he cannot sin because he has been born of God (1 John 3:9). We have to understand this passage very clearly. This passage means that those who are born of God cannot commit the sin of unbelief which leads to death. However if someone who once believed in the gospel commit this sin of unbelief, he will become a child of Satan once and for all. That is why the same book says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). We must know that the sin which John was talking about here is already explained in chapter 5:16. If Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil which is sin, and someone builds it again because of his unbelief, then he will be cut off from God.

Also we must be careful not to misinterpret the mercy of God to mean that even if someone who was truly born again rejects God’s righteousness and becomes a sinner and he repents, God will receive him back because He is merciful. Well if we think like that, then why not say that if Satan also repents God will have mercy on him and forgive him because He is merciful God? God is the God of mercy, but He is also the God of justice who passes His fierce judgement on those who stand against Him to commit the unpardonable sin. Satan was wrong in his thoughts and rebellion against God. God is righteous and He is always right in His existence. But Satan refused to be submissive and he received eternal judgement which can never be altered. That is why the Bible says that, “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgement of the great day” (Jude 6).

The Bible tells us that those of us who believed in God’s righteousness we were also raised together with Christ, and we have been seated together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). Therefore if any believer in the true gospel also don’t keep his faith in God’s righteousness, then it means that he has also left his abode, and he has failed to keep his proper domain, and he will therefore face judgement. That is why Jesus said, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and he is withered, and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (Hebrews 15:6). We must not read the Word of God with fleshly thoughts. The words, “cut out” and “fire” which Jesus mentions here refers to being thrown into the hell fire. A branch of a tree which gets withered is good for nothing except to be thrown into the fire and get burned. Any branch in Jesus (a righteous person) who is withered (become sinner again) is good for nothing. Therefore God will cut him out and throw him into the fire for him to get burned.

These are the words of the Almighty Savior Himself. These passages are not meant to instill fear in us, because God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of sound mind (1 Timothy 1:7), but they are meant to awake us to be serious, so that we don’t take our salvation for granted, nor allow the devil to deceive us to fall into the same manner of rebellion against the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Bible warns us to be very careful to guard our faith else we will drift away. The Word of God says, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the Living God” (Hebrews 3:12). The words “Evil heart of unbelief” is the sin which leads to death, and the Bible is saying that anyone who commits this sin will depart completely from the Living God, and he will never be able to come back to the Living God. Therefore we can see that Hebrews 3:12 interprets 1 John 5: 16-17 about the sin which leads to death. Scripture is interpreted by Scripture.

The Word of God is warning us never to depart from the righteousness of Jesus Christ because there is no second chance. Any second chance will make Jesus to be baptized and crucified a second time. The Apostle Paul therefore admonish us saying, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:1). This statement is the same as what Paul told us in Philippians 2:12 that we should work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. These words simply means we shouldn't joke or take our salvation lightly, neither should we toss God in any way that we want as if He is a ball. God will not tolerate any acts of unbelief. We must not take our salvation for granted.

There was a faithful brother in Ghana, this brother walked with us and he was growing in the knowledge of the gospel of the water and the Spirit steadily. In fact he distributed a lot of Mission books to many people. But all of a sudden he started doubting the baptism of Jesus. He made strong argument with me that there is not where in the Scripture which proves that Jesus took away all our sins through His baptism. I took my time to explain to him more facts about Jesus baptism, but he challenged me and rejected it. Later he left us and he started speaking against Rev. Paul C. After this man left us, he went deeper into the world, and I even herd of him being involved in demonic and occult practices. Do you think if this person returns back and believes in the gospel again he can become righteous? It is totally impossible. It will never happen. He can never even come back.

It is fatal for us to thing that a person rejects the gospel and becomes a sinner again still has a chance to become righteous. It has fatal consequences. That is why God said, “Now the just shall live by faith, but if anyone draws back, My soul has not pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38). Now God is saying here that if anyone draws back His soul has no pleasure in him, who are we to think that God will still have pleasure in a person who draws back from the gospel of His righteousness? Are we greater than God? That is why the Bible says, “Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? (Isaiah 29:16). Also in Isaiah 45:9, the Word of God says, “Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms, “What are you making?” Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has not hands?’ (Isaiah 45:9).

There is no such a word as “Repentance” for those who turn their back against God. God is the one who spoke His unchangeable Word, and He says that He has no pleasure in any Saint who draws back (becomes sinner again). That is why the Holy Spirit made the Apostle Peter write that, “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:20-22).

In the above passage, the words “to escape from the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” refers to our being born again of the water and the Spirit. And the words, “If they are again entangled in them and overcome” refers to “falling away” which is explained in Hebrews, and which also means losing your faith in God’s righteousness. Here being entangled in in them is not what make a Saint a sinner, but rather the Apostle Peter used the words “and overcomed.” It means if a Saint allows the devil to overcome his faith with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-170), then that is the end of his spiritual journey of faith. The Bible tells us clearly that whoever believes that Jesus came by the water and the blood has overcomed the world (1 John 5:5-6). Therefore if a born again Saint is “overcomed” as mentioned by Peter, then it means he has lost his faith, and He has turn the Word of God into a lie. The principle of faith in the salvation of Jesus is that, if you lose your faith you lose your salvation. You don’t lose your salvation just because you committed some overt sins.

However the Good News is that the Word of God tells us, “But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe in the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39). Have you seen? Here it says that we are not of those who draw back to perdition. This means that if anyone draws back to perdition, he can never return again. There is no second chance for that person, and there is no repentance for him because he has already drawn back to perdition. The Bible says we are not of those who draw back to perdition, so we must not believe in our own thoughts and think that we can draw back to perdition and still come back to God. There is no turning-back for those who draw back to perdition.

When the Bible says that, “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...” (Proverbs 24:16), the word “fall” in this passage, is not the same as “fall away” which the Apostle Paul spoke about in Hebrews 6:6. The word “fall” in proverbs refers to any sin that we commit due to the weakness of the flesh, but “fall away” in Hebrews is an unpardonable sin of unbelief which cannot be forgiven by God. That is why the Bible says, “For we have become partakers with Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Hebrews 3:14). These words are vivid and clear. It means that we can never become partakers with Christ if we do not hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.

Let us pray together we the disciples, “Lord increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

GOD BLESS US ALL.

Eric Aboadwe
Primitive Gospel Mission - Ghana
ericaboadwe@hotmail.com
www.nlmobookcafe.com/blog/eric

 

 
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