10 comments on “Thrill-packed Ending

  1. Don, regarding the unforgiveable sin, could John be referring to what Jesus told his disciples as recorded in Luke 12:8-10? This would seem to be plausible.

  2. I had always assumed that John was referring to “blasphemy against the spirit” (Matt 12:31) as the sin that leads to death.

    I have more of a problem with: We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

    Unless John is speaking of Jesus or the Paraclete then that is a heavy burden to place upon mortal man. Everyone, baptized or not, sins, it is unavoidable. The difference is in being able to ask for forgiveness.

    • I might well be crazy, but it seems to me that John doesn’t take a transactional view of these things (ordinance-violation-consequence) but rather a relational view, looking at the motivation and condition of our hearts, as opposed to simple a technical violation.

      But then, as I said, I might just be crazy.

  3. There is a less-blatant but even more-insidious form of Gnosticism which is still alive and well in the American church today. We have discussed that form of Gnosticism on previous occasions. It is an old heresy which refuses to die. I wonder why? John has given us the answer to that question in this passage. The father of lies is still at work in our world.



  4. When considering what is in the world, we do have to be mindful of the enemy taking a little truth and using the building blocks of lies to build the house. The point here is that we have to have the Word of God for ourselves with the understanding given by the Holy Spirit. Thanks for sharing this important reminder.

  5. I like your explanation for 1 John 5:16-17. I have others, but this one is straightforward. It simply puts the verse in context.

    What is unforgivable is a sin against the Holy Spirit. Unrepentant apostasy? Yep!

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