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Summary: sin that leads to death vs. sin that doesn’t lead to death
The sin that leads to death is what is sometimes called the unpardonable sin. It refers to a person who has willfully and intentionally made a decision to return to his or her old, sinful, corrupt way of life. The apostle Peter states that if those who have “escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, … are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. … It has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having [been] washed, to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:20-22).
This category of individuals refuses to repent and return and obey God, rejecting His offer of eternal life in His Kingdom. Instead they will die the second death, perishing in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15).
The sin that doesn’t lead to death refers to those who have God’s Spirit dwelling in them and who do desire to repent whenever they realize their sins. They are God-centered, keeping His commandments as a way of life. Their major focus is to please their Heavenly Father in every aspect of their lives. From time to time they stumble and sin, but quickly acknowledge their transgressions and humbly ask God for forgiveness.
King David of Israel was just such a person (Psalm 51:1-19). God is well-pleased with an attitude of meekness and a desire to please Him. He will readily forgive such individuals upon genuine and heartfelt repentance (Psalm 103:11-14).
If these individuals continue to grow in grace and knowledge—endure to the end—they will inherit the promises given to those who seek and obey Him, including ultimately eternal life.
Of course, someone who has not yet been baptized certainly has the opportunity to repent. Peter wrote that God “is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).