Turning the Grace of our God into Lasciviousness

One of the false notions of grace is that it makes sin inconsequential.

There are some who think sin is just fine to do once a person “has grace.” Some even take it so far as to assume they won’t get natural consequences for sin because “God is gracious.”

Grace is indeed big, but there are some who force it right out of its boundaries and make it a joke.

These people turn “the grace of our God into lasciviousness.” When your notion of grace results in license; you’ve gone outside the bounds of Biblical revelation.

Making grace mean license is “denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I’ll stick those two together for you the way Jude did.

“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.”

Jesus didn’t die so you could revel in sin. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of grace. Grace gives. Jesus Christ gave himself for our sins.

God’s grace, the thing that makes forgiveness/salvation possible, is summed up in what Christ did on the cross and His resurrection. The Gospel is God’s grace, His way of salvation for all who believe.

To take that Gospel, that grace, and turn it into, “Hey, no worries man! You are forgiven, go live it up in sin!” Is to deny Christ Himself.

Sin is bad.

We’re not supposed to do it.

Grace not only gets us out of past sin; it also has the power to help us overcome future temptation. “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world.”

This deliverance isn’t just heaven in the future; it’s overcoming the world even now.

In the end, making grace mean “you can sin and get away with it,” isn’t making grace big at all, it’s merely feeding human lust. Real, true, great grace is seeing that not only does grace pardon; grace delivers!

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