QotD – Cheap or Costly Grace – 2.16.2016

“The world finds a cheap covering for its sin; no contrition is required, still less any real desire to be delivered from sin.  Cheap Grace therefore amounts to … a denial of the Incarnation of the Word of God. … 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. … [Cheap grace is] the grace that we bestow ourselves … [Costly grace is] the treasure hidden in the field … the pearl of great price … the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knockSuch 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.  Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Cost of Discipleship. 46-48).

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