Denying the Price of Grace
Verse 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
Yesterday we talked about how important it is to fight for our faith, but what are some ways that we have to fight for it?
We don’t doubt the fact that there are things in life that we need to fight against to remain strong and grow in our faith but are there also hazards that come from inside the congregation? Yes, there can be and this is the reason Jude gives this warning. He knows how easy it is for fake believers to make themselves at home among the believers. It isn’t always easy to spot them but they can be there.
Jude gives his readers some things to look for so that they can identify these imposters. First Jude points out that they are ungodly. So even though they have secretly been sneaking in they haven’t been fully trying to deceive. They may pretend to have some godly traits but from Jude’s observation the believers should still be able to notice their ungodly behavior. As we remember that Jude was adamant in our verse from yesterday that we must fight for our faith, we may be able to see that these ungodly people aren’t fighting for the faith.
Secondly, Jude points out that they are cheapening the grace of God by saying it gives them the allowance to live these ungodly lives. If a person thinks that they can freely sin because they are covered in the grace of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, you can be sure they don’t know the Lord in a way that gives them personal understanding of how much it cost Jesus to die on the Cross. When we think that His sacrifice was payment enough for any sin we can commit and therefore it doesn’t matter how much we sin, it shows that we don’t value Christ and His sacrifice for our sins.
Thirdly Jude reminds us that to cheapen His grace is to deny that Jesus, alone, is the Savior and Lord. His Lordship is one of the things most often forgotten and/or ignored about Jesus. The truth that His death on the cross affords Him alone the title of Lord of our life misses a lot of us. We act as though it was His choice to die and so we owe Him nothing in return. This is the ungodly stance of those that Jude was warning had infiltrated the church. Jude saw the danger that these people being allowed to be in the body of believers would have as people would stop fighting as hard for their own faith. The same is true for us today.
Making It Personal
Does your life reflect a true relationship with God? Do you see sin in your life as detestable? Do you find ungodly living amongst the church as a danger?
Making It Personal Kids
How much did sin cost Jesus on the cross? Do you think that Jesus thinks sinning is a bad thing to do? Does knowing Jesus had to die because of your sin make you want to stop sinning?
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to die for our sins. Help us examine ourselves against Your standards to make sure we understand how much our sins cost Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.