The Cross of Christ

March 13, 2010

Gospel

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. 

Costly grace is the sanctuary of God; it has to be protected from the world, and not thrown to the dogs. It is therefore the living word, the Word of God, which he speaks as it pleases him. Costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus. It comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. Grace is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – taken from “The Cost of Discipleship”  

[The life of a true believer is one marked with repentance.  An ongoing repentance, throughout our lives, growing in the understanding of our Lord, and growing in our awareness of our desperate need of God’s grace.  With tears we repent and plead for God’s grace to change us, to mortify our sin, to give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.  The more we grow in faith, the more we are humbled, and the more we are called to sweet communion with our God in Word and Prayer. – DB] 

Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.” — K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia Bible Society

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