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Neglected Biblical Truths

God sent Jesus to transform our old patterns of life into a new patterns of living that honors Him

Neglected Biblical Truths
The Limits of God’s Grace – Part I

Scripture Reading: Jude 1:4-16

Key Verse: Jude 1:5 NLT
So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.

We know and depend on the grace of God to save us. We know it is His “unmerited favor” (grace) that provides our forgiveness because we cannot earn it.

We sing songs about grace and hear many sermons on grace. How much have we heard about the limits of grace? This is another neglected biblical truth.

We know Jude was writing to believers by what he wrote in the first verse:

This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:1)

Jude had heard some things about this group of believers that he wanted to address. In Jude 1:4, we read that some ungodly people had made their way into their church and were trying to persuade these believers that God’s marvelous grace permits them to live immoral lives.

In the balance of Jude’s letter, He instructed these believers on the limits of God’s grace. Jude did this by using illustrations from Scripture, such as when God delivered His children from the Egyptians but later destroyed those who did not remain faithful.

Jude reminded these believers of how God dealt with angels who did not stay within the limits of their authority and left the place where they belonged:

God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment. (Jude 1:6 NLT).

Yes, there are limits to God’s grace. God’s grace does not include continuous abuse of His grace or sinning without any effort to please God in our lifestyles.

We often hear of this type of “Christian” in the television shows and movies we watch. These are those who claim to be “spiritual” yet live immoral lives.

I am not their judge, so I am only saying that it “looks” like they are abusing God’s grace. It could be that they attend a church that does not preach a holy lifestyle; if so God judges them according to their knowledge.

My parents raised me in a holiness church, and I pastored a holiness church for over 40 years. Holiness churches believe that God sent Jesus to transform us from old patterns of life to new patterns of living that honor Him.

Father, I know Your grace has saved me from my sins. I do not want to abuse Your grace; please show me if my behavior is not pleasing to You. I asked this in Jesus’s Name, amen.