If you’re still around, please answer thessalonian’s question.
There seems to be a shortage of OSAS Protestants on this thread. If you’ll allow me to play the Devil’s Advocate, I will give you the answers with which I have been presented, and hope to get the ball rolling:
4: You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
Yes, Peter had lost some of the grace he had been given; he did not lose his salvation. He backslid, and separated himself from God - he could not completely separate himself, however, as OSAS is **true **(Nothing can pluck me out of Jesus’ or the Father’s hand (John 10:25-29)). At most he lost some of the “rewards” he will be given in heaven. When Peter repented, he was entirely restored to a right relationship with God. Your verse about “denying” Christ refers only to the innitial reception/rejection of Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
You see, a Christian has the responsibility to be faithful “unto death” (Revelation 2:10). Part of this faithfulness, would be confessing our sins (1 John 1:9). As it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this, the judgment (Hebrews 9:27), it appears that physical death is the point in time when it is “too long to ask for repentance,” as you put it. If by the question, you mean, “How long does it take after sinning, and not repenting, to no longer be “walking in the light” and, therefore, be “fallen from grace”? I don’t know! You’re asking me to whittle on God’s end of the stick, and I’m not in any position to do so. Even so, the fact that I don’t know the answer to this question does not mean that I don’t need to heed the warnings about falling, does it?
On the other hand, I “know” my sins are remitted, washed with the precious blood of Christ, because the Bible tells me so (Acts 2:28; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 John 1:5-2:2). Jesus, my Advocate, continues to make intercession for me as my Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5), and this is very comforting to me. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit, who has been given to me by my Lord (Acts 3:28; 5:32; 1 Corinthians 6:19; etc.), also helps my “weaknesses” and makes “intercession” for me “according to the will of God”(Romans 8:26-27). Consequently, because of my trust in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I am expecting to go to Heaven. I do not live in fear and dread, but in the bold confidence I have in connection with Jesus Christ, as taught in Hebrews 10:19-23:
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised; )”
How’s that for starters?