1 John 5:13-21, “13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
16If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”
We know that the wages of sin leads to death, however John clearly states that not all sin leads to death. Deadly sins can’t be prayed for, but the other kind can. He also adds that somebody born of God doesn’t continue to sin. Which leads us to this point, if a man is really saved, he’s going to give up sinning. The proof, they say, is in the pudding. Certainly, some newer and older Christians might struggle with sins, but they won’t sin the deadly kind. He finishes off this letter reminding us that there are two sides to this battle and we’re fighting in enemy territory. His beggining and end return to the point of this passage – eternal life.
Eternal life, life everlasting, living eternally, alive forever and ever … it’s like the one cake you can have and eat it too. There are two distinct locations where you can spend your eternity. You can life forever in Heaven in the presence of God. You can die forever in Hell in the absence of God. You will, one day, find out in which one your place has been reserved.