Thursday, May 12, 2016

God’s Grace Romans 5:6-8

God’s Grace

Romans 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church.... Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. It means forgiveness of sins proclaimed as a general truth, the love of God taught as the Christian “conception” of God. An intellectual assent to that idea is held to be of itself sufficient to secure remission of sins.

Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.... Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.... Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal 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 proce 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 cause him to stumble, it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.... Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.... Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.... Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son...and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us.viii

Prayer: In this life I will never fully understand the value of your love for me. Thank you for giving of yourself to save me from the penalty of my sins. Help me to live each day in the richness of your loving gift of Jesus, my Savior. Amen. 

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