For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
Many today possess a perverted understanding of God’s grace. They live sinful, sloppy lifestyles, claiming the grace of God will cover their sins. On the other hand, many among our fellowship are skittish to speak of grace for fear that simply saying the word will place them in the camp with those who live with an understanding of cheap grace. As a result, those who react to those who pervert grace do not live grace-filled lives themselves.
You and I should NEVER shy away from speaking of God’s grace. God’s grace is amazing because it is the only way you and I will ever enjoy eternal life. But perhaps a couple of excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s book: The Cost of Discipleship will help us in our own understanding and appreciation of
“Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and 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. 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 cost 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 delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”
“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…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”