Taken from, Light Shining in Darkness
Written by, William Huntington
Edited for thought and sense.
“Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him.” — Exod. 23:20-21.
This was the caution, and the unpardonable sin is in it…
…but they presumed, and rebelled against him at the entrance of Canaan, and would not obey him. Acts 7: 39.
Yes, they despised him, and made a captain over them, to return again to Egypt; thus they refused the Captain of our salvation, and then provoked him by going up the hill, after he had sworn in his wrath that they should not enter into his rest. Thus, says Paul, they tempted Christ, they provoked and grieved him forty years, and by choosing a new captain, despised him; and then went up to sight contrary to his word, oath, and commandment; and thus they provoked and despised the Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ; so they entered not into the promised land because of unbelief; for he, having delivered them out of the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed them which believed not: and in this sense it may he truly said that they to whom the gospel was first preached entered in not because of unbelief.
This sin is called the sin unto death, because every other sort of sinner has had repentance unto life granted them; but these transgressors find no place of repentance, yes, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance, and therefore it is called the sin unto death; because such a one sins out of the reach of the covenant and promise of life; yes, such a one sins against the living God in Christ and the promise of life him; against the Lord Jesus Christ, and eternal life by him; against the Spirit of God, and all his regenerating operations; and against the everlasting Gospel and all life and immortality brought to life through that; and to such the Gospel is the smell of death unto death in the worst sense; for the sinner, being dead in sin and dead in law when the gospel finds him, and being guilty of the great transgression against it after it was professed by him, it must then leave him twice dead, plucked up by the roots; that is, dead at Horeb and dead at Zion, and without hope either in the law or in the gospel.