Sin unto death
Only the Christian has a free will for only in Christ is one set free. Every man that knows not Christ do not have free will because the dead cannot change their station one way or the other. They are always in subjection to the carnal mind and the carnal mind is death. This carnal mind with all its lusts etc. can ONLY produce that which is in its NATURE.
Therefore because the carnal mind is death, death is all it can produce, and therefore by itself it cannot generate life.
Now there are two types of sin, one that is done by our old man nature AGAINST our will and the other is done freely AGAINST the will of God.
Note: that ONLY the Christian who has been set free can wilfully sin against the will of God. Those who do not know God CANNOT sin against God because they do not know Him and only do what is in their nature.
To see the sin by the old man nature AGAINST our will we read in Romans.
Ro.7:14-25 14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
If the Christian CANNOT do his own will because of the law of sin in his members what can be said of those that know not God?
The law of sin in our members are the sins against our will (again this is speaking of only those that know Christ) which causes us to sin.These sins by the law of sin in a Christian are a sin not unto death, because they are produced by the law of sin in us.
But there is a sin unto death which ONLY those who know God can commit.
This sin which is unto death is to wilfully sin against God.
We see these two types of sin here.
1John. 5:16 16If 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.
The sin NOT unto death are the sins that we commit because of the old man nature (law of sin) in our members.
The sin UNTO death which we are not to pray for is to sin wilfully against God.
There is NO more sacrifice for wilfully sinning against the will of God.
Heb.10:26-27 26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
ONLY those who have had their will set free by Jesus Christ and come into the knowledge of the truth can commit this sin.To know the will of God and to wilfully go against it is the sin unto death.
Think of Adam, Adam wilfully sinned which is a sin UNTO death.
There was no more sacrifice for Adams sin.Death was promised as punishment and death came.
The only sin for which a man is beaten with many or few stripes is the sin (wilfully) UNTO death.
This sin UNTO death is blaspheme against the Holy Ghost which is not forgiven but we must reap what we have sown.
This does not mean by any means that we who have committed this sin UNTO death cannot be saved, all it is saying is if you wilfully follow the old man nature instead of the Holy Spirit is that you will reap the rewards for that sin. How many times you reap that sin will determine how many stripes you will receive.