“For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” Jude 4 (NIV)
Many think grace and mercy are the same thing. Others think grace is God’s favor or delight, but let’s start with understanding the difference between biblical grace and mercy.
Grace is the power of God to allow us to live holy by breaking the power and control of sin in us, and having the power to fulfill the will of God.
Mercy covers our sin by God’s forgiveness. But mercy can only be obtained through the confession of sin and repentance.
Repentance is turning away from and ceasing the acts of sin and returning to God’s grace to live in holiness and fulfilling God’s will.
Take Jude’s warning seriously, because many want the mercy of God but not the Lordship of God. It is the same lie that the serpent in the Garden told Eve- “You can be like God”. To not be submitted to the will of God is to be your own god.
“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 (NIV)
Don’t let “Godless Men” teach you otherwise, and thereby denying Jesus as our “only Sovereign and Lord.”