More On Being Sure Of OSAS

Q. Re: ‘Are you sure about OSAS?‘ As Eve was being tempted by Satan into eating the fruit, he was getting her to think about how it was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, would make one wise. She was thinking about all these things BEFORE she ate of it. If she had walked away, or if Adam had stopped her, she would not have eaten of the fruit. And that’s what God had forbidden them: ‘but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat.’ Gen 2:16. It wasn’t forbidden to think about it, but to do it. I accept that Jesus was teaching about changing our hearts when He spoke against even anger. Yet, anger is justifiable many times. Jesus was angry at the Pharisees but He didn’t kill any of them.

A. The Pharisees were certain that they were without sin because of their exemplary behavior. It wasn’t until Jesus explained the standards that it became clear they were falling short of the mark. That’s why the Lord said our righteousness has to surpass theirs or else we will not enter the Kingdom (Matt. 5:20).

I don’t agree with your position on Eve because we don’t know when she actually broke the commandment, we only know when the consequences were made obvious. She could have been sinning from the moment she began considering it. And you can’t equate your anger with the Lord’s. His anger is righteous but ours is not (Ephes. 4:26-27).

Finally, you’re overlooking the fact that a believer’s salvation is guaranteed at the moment of belief before he or she has had time to do anything, good or bad (Ephes. 1:13-14). Our righteousness is imputed to us by faith and is apart from the Law (Romans 3:21-26).

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