Wow - and you think THAT'S assurance?!?! And that eternal life is a reward for all that?It is certain as long as I heed the warnings of Paul, Peter, John, etc. to continue in the faith, make my calling and election sure, endure to the end and continue to work out my own salvation. IF I do these things I will be receive eternal life.
Depends how you define "judgement" and "family of God".That is His promise to Christians but He also has a promise of condemnation for those who do not do these things. This is to Christians as well for the ungodly and the sinner already stands condemned.
1 Peter 4:17-18
17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,
"If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
What of the person, who gives all of his wealth to the poor, and has not love.
What of the person, who understands all mysteries, and has all knowledge, but has not love.
What of the person, who gives his body to be burned, but has not love.
What of the person, who though he has ALL FAITH, so that he can move mountains, but has not love.
1Co 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
And 'IF' you have love, the outworking manifestation will be:
1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
You can command someone to love, but you don't have to command love to do.
He who loves much, has been forgiven much.
We need to see God's Holiness, to see that we have been forgiven much.
So will full trust in Christ keep you from being able to sin? It should if that was the only determining factor.
Your discription of NOSAS is almost correct. I would add that our enduring is enabled by the Spirit but we can quench and grieve the Spirit by going against it.
I'm not convinced that unbelief is a sin. Does the Bible say that unbelief is a sin?
570ἀπιστία, ὀλιγοπιστία [apistia /ap·is·tee·ah/] 12 occurrences; AV translates as “unbelief” 12 times. 1 unfaithfulness, faithless. 2 want of faith, unbelief. 3 weakness of faith.
Now tell some of the NOSAS'ers to start loving, because:
1Co 13:8 Love never fails!!
1Co 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, is not puffed up;
1Co 13:5 does not behave disgracefully, does not seek its own, is not provoked to anger, thinks no evil;
1Co 13:6 does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
1Co 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1Co 13:8 Love never fails.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
If we love Him, it will work out that we will always love Him, or this verse fails.
The point being made was, can a person who has truly believed, end up in unbelief? Does someone 'stop' believing?
It could happen if that belief was through merely intellect or emmotion.
He might deny that belief, but he would still believe.
I have not for one minute inferred that it is ok to deny, you put that in.
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