Jude verse 4. Lasciviousness is defined by Strong's as G766, licentiousness. KJV also uses the Greek for 'filthy' in 2nd Pet. 2:7, and Jude verse 8. And 'wantonness' in Rom. 13:13 and 2nd Pet. 2:18.
The Greek for 'turning' in Jude v.4 is also notable elsewhere. It is G3346, defined to transfer i.e. (lit) transport, by(by impl.), exchange (reflex) change sides, or (fig) purvert. (mis-spelled due to the word filter here). The same Greek is used in Gal. 1:6 as 'removed', and also 'translated' in reference to Enoch in Heb. 11:5.
Just as there were those who taught and mixed Law with grace, which turns into works based salvation, and as there are also those now who do the same, there were also those who taught and mixed licentiousness with grace, and turned the grace of God into licentiousness, there are also those now who do the same.
Paul, and the others that God used to give us the New Testament, had some very stern warnings and words for BOTH. It is the grace of God that leads us to repentance, and this grace of our God causes us also to "do" all that we are exhorted and commanded to "do" in the words of scripture. As examples, and as instruction, from God Himself. Gods love reveals to us what love is, and when that love, when His grace and mercy is extended and accepted, we grasp them, and such love and grace and mercy compels us to walk even as He walked.
To "do" all that He commands us to "do". To deny self. To take up our cross, and follow Him. To serve, as He did, and as He commanded us to 'do' the same. To 'Go', and make disciples, and baptizing them. To obey Him, follow Him, repent of all He commands, and believe in Him in the same way. To fellowship, and to remember Him in communion with others who make up the body of Christ Himself.
Godly love compels us, constrains us to 'do' all of these, and more, as we are shown in the New Testament through Jesus Christ the Lord. But, ungodly men, such as these that Jude writes about and warns us of, serve only their own desires, just as those who do not profess Jesus Christ also 'do'. These type of ungodly men turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, and as such live licentiously, even teaching and persuading others to 'do' the same as they 'do', in their ignorance and their spiritual blindness.
It is by grace that we are saved, and that through the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace, through Jesus Christ, saves us 'from' our sins, such grace does not give us license in any way to continue in them. Such turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, just as Jude wrote. And, further, just as there are those who turn grace into a works-based salvation, there are those who turn the grace of God into nothing but means of lasciviousness, and in so doing thy deny God, and the Lord Jesus Christ His Son.
Through Jesus Christ we are given new birth, we are made new creations, and are not made into these to serve the flesh any longer, but to serve the Spirit, who has made us into these. This, is what both grace and mercy "do", as given through our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, praise His Holy Name.
Do NOT follow the teachings of these "ungodly men", who have no idea what the grace of God is, nor does.
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