Cheap grace, what?
I was involved with a wonderful Facebook conversation yesterday. The topic was “cheap grace.”
True grace compells one to enter in further. Pauls coversion is the perfect example. He was so enamored by the free gift of grace that he became the perfect poster child for it. Those who say it is a license to sin didnt quite get the message right. After 30+ years of Christianity the veil was torn away and I feel I had that Emaus Road moment. The word has come alive to me to such a way that I want it more than anything else. Also, the areas where I had issues with as far as crucifying the flesh and fighting against have become non issues. I am now no longer concentrating on fighting and attaining in my own works. When I took the emphasis off my works and resting in the finished works of the cross I am walking in freedom both spiritual and fleshly. I am now driven to run to his rest.
I was thinking on the term false grace and It popped into my memory. Counterfeit bills! The US trains its auditors and investigators by having them spend countless hours with real currency (not fake). They become so accustomed to the REAL DEAL that if the fake comes along they know it only because they know the real…
1. It is not possible to interpret grace as a cheap excuse to continue in sin. It sounds to some that we are saying, “Let’s carry on sinning then so that grace may abound.” (In the previous chapter Paul expounds the heart of the gospel by giving us a glimpse of the far-reaching faith of God; even at the risk of being misunderstood by the legalistic mind he does not compromise the message.)
2. How ridiculous is that! How can we be dead and alive to sin at the same time?
3. What are we saying then in baptism, if we are not declaring that we understand our union with Christ in his death?
4. Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in his death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. (Hos 6:2)
5. We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. If we were included in his death we are equally included in his resurrection. (2 Cor 5:14 – 17)
6. We perceive that our old lifestyle was co-crucified together with him; this concludes that the vehicle that accommodated sin in us, was scrapped and rendered entirely useless. Our slavery to sin has come to an end.
7. If nothing else stops you from doing something wrong, death certainly does.
8. Faith sees us joined in his death and alive with him in his resurrection.
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Paul, the Grace poster child… I like that!!!
Well it fit….
Great insights here. Let me add, cheap grace is actually an unbiblical contradiction in terms. The problem is, we have not defined grace biblically. We have called it “unmerited favor” (which may define mercy) but the Bible doesn’t define grace that way. As Graham Cooke has correctly pointed out, if that’s the definition of grace then Jesus didn’t have any!
The Bible defines grace as God’s empowerment to live a godly life in this age (Titus 2:11-12). When we were saved, we were Holy Spirit-powered to live God’s life. So, to say “cheap” grace, we’re trying to say “cheap empowerment.” That’s absurd.
For those who think they have or are falling from God’s grace, the reality is you are actually falling into His grace!