God’s Grace Is Not A License To Sin.

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Romans_5-17: For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ
Romans_5-17: For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ

God’s Grace Is Not A License To Sin.

JUDE 1-8

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (JUDE 4).

When people lack proper understanding of divine benevolence, they abuse and demean it. Many misunderstand God’s grace to be freedom from all obligations of the law and an unrestrained liberty to sin.

Apostle Jude, in our text, warned the believers of the early church to be on the lookout for peddlers and preachers who turn the grace of God into lasciviousness – a license to sin. He did not fail to tell them that God would bring judgment on all those who fail to maintain the state of true grace that produces righteousness, just as He brought judgment on all those who left Egypt but remained in unbelief and the angels who failed to keep their state of purity. Those who revel in sins, like Sodom and Gomorrah, will eventually face divine judgment.

Grace does not release us from the obligations of the laws of God. Rather, it helps us to keep His righteous laws which we were unable to do when we were in sin. Those who claim they have grace as a liberty to sin only prove that they are yet to receive it.

God’s grace brings about true salvation and freedom from all sin. It teaches us to live godly in this decayed world. This is the kind of grace we must seek to have; it is dignifying and not demeaning!

Does your life dignify God’s grace or demean it?

EXODUS 23-25

 MEDITATION

How Christianity is losing ground

1. Diligently contending and defending the faith

A. Even though Jude’s audience understood salvation to the point that it was a common knowledge and experience, yet he still diligently explained it to them again and again, v3.

B. He was very diligent and not just haphazard in his exposition and earnestly contended and destroyed all oppositions to the truth of the gospel, v3

2. Dangerous conversion by the devil from the faith

A. Some people who were once in the faith have been “converted” by the devil into denials of the basic Christian living and experiences cum the fundamental teachings of the Bible, vv4,8. This is the greatest threat to the Christian faith. Some (or many) saints have been “converted” to witches, false teachers and prophets, backsliders and idolaters in their quest for position, power and prosperity.

3. Definite and cogent doctrine for the faith

A. There is no eternal security for any saints. Forgiven saints can be forgotten by God and the once accepted can be eternally rejected if they deviate from righteousness, v5.

B. God is not partial. If angels that sinned were doomed forever, then why should man expect a special treatment? v6.

C. The final judgment will be irreversible in the lake of fire. Learn from Sodom and Gomorrah.  The time to turn back to God and contend for the faith is NOW, v7.

Prayer points

Lord, give me power and abundant grace never to deviate from graciously holy living that pleases You.

Lord, I ask for courage and boldness to keep on contending for the faith of the gospel diligently and actively in these last days, help me and my family members never to be candidates for hell fire. Amen.

Have you been actively using all means, including social media, to confront all errors and oppositions to the truth of the Bible within and outside God’s church?

Are you free from satanic conversion? Are you still holding on to the faith like in the days of old?

Looking inward into your church, can you notice “satanic conversions” among leaders and the led? What can you do to reverse the trend?