Jude 1:5-7; Examples of judgement

These verses of scripture provide vivid examples of God’s judgement.  While in His love, God desires all to come to know Him (2Peter 3:9), in His justice He punishes unbelief (Jude 1:5) and disobedience (Jude 1:6).  How do we reconcile these aspects of God’s character?  It seems clear from these passages that judgement is real and will confront all of us.  The overarching theme though is God’s grace. In that we all fall short (Romans 3:23) and deserve judgement (Romans 6:23), God chooses to save some (Romans 10:9).  While we all deserve judgment, He offers a way for forgiveness and renewal.  We are prompted then to seek His grace, mercy and forgiveness and not simply “run” from His judgement.  In order to demonstrate His sovereign wisdom, grace, mercy and love, He has chosen some to come to and find Him.  A life renewed inside of God’s grace is a life truly lived. The door is open to all and He embraces ALL those who enter.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. mary says:

    Are we to seek His Grace or is it bestowed upon us freely?

    1. I would say on the basis of Ephesians 1 and 2 that it is bestowed on people freely who are the “elect” as outlined in Ephesians 1. There is nothing we can do to initiate or reason an understanding with God, he graciously reaches in and grabs us. Once grabbed, we can respond thankfully, reasonably, logically, passionately and robustly to this amazing grace first with faith then with growth and sanctification in the power of the Holy Spirit. Evangelism then can take the role of “awakening” people (in the power of the Holy Spirit, John 14-16) who are unaware of their election.

  2. Crazygirl says:

    God wants all of us to accept His grace and therefore all are called. At some point in EVERY persons life God reaches in to “grab” them, but not everyone accepts His grace, those who do are the “Elect”. To accept God’s grace is to be saved, it is not a “work of salvation” to accept the gift, but it is necessary.

    1. yes, I agree but the tension is in “God wanting”. How could anyone resist His beautiful sovereign offer of Grace if that is what He (God) “truly wants”. That has the potential to make man and not God sovereign. I prefer to lean to the side of “all God and none me” versus “all God and some me”. Philippians 2 though and the kenosis is an example of sovereign God as Jesus wisely choosing to modulate His sovereign control for the benefit of the overall plan. This may be how our freedom enters in also. Even if it is “all God and none me” that does not preclude individual responsibility. This passage shows that to not find God means judgement. But it also means that to find God brings responsibility in handling grace properly (ie our christian walk). This is the classic tension between a reformed and arminian theological construct. Both have valid points.

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