1 John 5:16-17 (KJV) If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
The same two verses from the Greek MSS, a transliteral version:
1 John 5:16-17 If-ever anyone may-be-perceiving the brother of-him missing [harmartano] (sinning), missing [harmartia] (sin) no toward death he-shall-be-requesting he-shall-be-giving to-him life to-the ones-missing [harmartano] (ones-sinning) no toward death is missing [harmartia] (sin) toward death not about (concerning) that I-am-saying that he-should-be-asking. 17 Every (all) un-justness (injustice) missing (harmartia) (sin) is and is missing (sin) not toward death
I have to say from the outset that this is what I reluctantly call a ‘nuisance’ passage of The Holy Scriptures and not because it actually is a nuisance, but because of the idiots and numb skulls that misinterpret it and construe all manner of lying perverted nonsense around it and from it, making it a nuisance for those of us who know what it’s about or know what we are talking about john 3 16 kjv.
So what do these people do that makes it such a nuisance? Quite simply, they say that there are some sins that lead to death and others that don’t. Hello, excuse me, shall I write that again, ‘cos it’s a cracker? Yes I will: They interpret this as John saying that there are some sins that lead to death and other sins that do not lead to death. DOH!
Having said that there are two slightly different Greek words at play here, so this means that two types of sin are being described but, unfortunately, these differences are not being translated into the English of the KJV (now there’s a surprise). However, we’ll deal with the simple stuff first by asking this question: Is John countering what Yashua Anointed said right at the beginning of His Word regarding the sin issue:
Gen 2:16-17 (KJV) And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
OK, let’s be very clear about this, because if we sin we die, and deserve to die, the eternal death with no new life in the first resurrection, and no matter what the sin, so what is John talking about when he says there is a sin unto death and a sin that is not unto death and, even more interestingly, there are those that do sin but NOT sins unto death? Is sinning now OK?
Now as I have already stated there are two kinds of sin at play here and both are worthy of the eternal death penalty, but has John created a conundrum whereby one kind of sin is forgiveable and another kind that is not forgiveable? Well there are some very weird people out there who think that he has, but in Truth, if we are of The Truth, Yashua Anointed, we know that that cannot be, because sin is always sin, so what’s going on and where do we start in order to gain true understanding of these verses?
Right here in 1 John 1, John’s first epistle, where we learn that John’s letters were worded appropriately, where necessary, to non-believers and likewise appropriately, where necessary, to believers. Please revue and study my article entitled: “1 John 1 – Chapter 1 of John’s Letter Explained,” for all the details. Moreover, to make things easier I will copy one or two verses here to make my point:
1 John 1:1-3 (KJV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also MAY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH US: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. (Emphasis mine)
Pay careful attention here, because John is making a declaration: “that which was from the beginning” and that means it’s NEW NEWS and he is making it plain to these NEWBIES that they also may have fellowship with that congregation. In other words these were people who were not yet in fellowship with the brethren of that congregation. They were sinners, lost and unsaved, and what were their sins??? Easy, they were sins that were unto death and in the Greek language they are known as ‘harmartia’ sins which means to sin or to do evil or to break The Law (The Commandments).