Saturday, October 27, 2012

Can abuse of grace be possible? Yes

4 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 1:4 KJV)


Above is an example of abuse of grace – turning grace of our God into lasciviousness. The word lasciviousness (translated from the Greek word aselgeia, which means (according to Strong's Greek Lexicon), "unbridled lust, excess, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence." 

God’s intention of grace for us is to redeem us from all iniquity, transform us so that we would not give ourselves to any lawlessness but zeal for good works :

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:14)

Iniquity, which means sin, and sin means lawlessness :

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4 NASV) 

Rejoice. 

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