Matthew 18 - What Will the Father Do to You? OSAS?

Protestant brothers - what do you believe the Father will “do to you” if you do not have forgiveness? Does this conflict with OSAS?

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.*

21 Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
23 That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
24 When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
25 Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt.
26 At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
27 Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.
28 When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount.* He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’
29 Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
30 But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt.
31 Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair.
32 His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
33 Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’
34 Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.*
35 So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”

One possible reply would be that somebody who is saved (really, truly, honestly saved!) WILL forgive people from the heart. I think it’s all double-talk, myself. Why would Jesus or the apostles warn against things that would be IMPOSSIBLE for one already saved?

When approaching a point of doctrine in the bible, we must always consider the totality of what scriptures have to say about the subject. While there is room for debate about OSAS (not all Protestants ascribe to it…), there are many passages that seem to support it. For example:

John 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:27-30
Romans 5:9-10, 8:1, 8:31-39
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Ephesians 4:30
Hebrews 7:25, 13:15
And so on…

Whether the parable in Matthew 18 has anything to do with eternal security is debatable. That the unforgiving servant was handed over to the torturers until he paid all that he owed doesn’t seem like a reference to hell–sinners aren’t cast into hell to work off their debts. They are cast into hell for all of eternity. The simplest explanation may be the best–that this parable is Jesus’s warning that unforgiveness is a sin and a reminder that God deals harshly with sin.

Maybe more poignantly: 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Mt 6:14 NKJV.

Steve, so do you believe this verse does not support OSAS?

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