22 May, 2018

Jude 4—“… turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness”



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).



QUESTION BOX:

Q. 1. “Does not this text tell us that the grace of God is resistable? or that these individuals were, in some sense, recipients of this grace? For it says that these reprobate false teachers are ‘turning’ God's grace into lasciviousness.”

Jude 4 describes what ungodly men do with the truth itself of grace, not with any attitude of favor on God's part to them. Ungodly men hear the message of God’s grace in Christ towards the elect believer and make of the doctrine a license to sin. That they themselves are not and never were objects of this grace personally is plain from the teaching of the text that these men were eternally “ordained to condemnation” evidently in the hatred of God toward them. (Prof. David J. Engelsma, 22/05/2018)


NOTE:
Check out the following sermon on this very text by Rev. Angus Stewart:

“Ungodly Men Corrupting the Grace of God” (Jude 4) [part 3 of the series, “Earnestly Contending for the Faith”]






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