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Cheap Grace – Costly Grace

by | Nov 14, 2009 | Christianity, Compromise, Faith, Focus on Living, Subtle Lies | 0 comments

In the last couple of days I have been involved with a conversation on modesty, another on coarse language, and minutes ago I heard a well know television pastor say he wants to “spread a very wide net so that as many people as possible are reached”-unfortunately his message is one of self affirmation, encouragement and one without repentance.

It reminds me again of Bonhoeffer’s work.
“Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble, it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows Him.

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it costs God the life of His Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon His Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but deliver Him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.

“Devotional Classics” edited by Richard J. Foster & James B. Smith; “The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


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