(Gratefully reblogged from Saved by Grace)

We live in a time where grace is cheap; preaching void of sin and repentance is
cheap grace, a gospel that gives you the power to choose or reject Christ is
cheap grace, the omission of wrath and hell when speaking of Christ, God and
eternity is cheap grace, the omission of submission to Christ is cheap
grace.

The opposite of cheap grace is costly grace. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
defines this type of grace well in his book ‘the cost of
discipleship’…

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 price 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 causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciples leaves his nets and follows Him.

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought 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, my burden is light’.
On two separate occasions Peter received the call ‘follow me’. It was the first and last word Jesus spoke to His disciple {Mark 1:17; John 21:22}. A whole life of discipleship lies between these two calls.

Each time it is the same grace of Christ which calls to him ‘follow me’ and which reveals itself to him in his confession of the Son of God. This grace was certainly not self-bestowed. It was the grace of Christ Himself, now prevailing upon the disciple to leave all and follow Him, now working in him that confession which to the world must sound like the ultimate blasphemy, now inviting Peter to the supreme fellowship of martyrdom for the Lord he’d denied, and thereby forgiving him all his sins. In the life of Peter grace and discipleship are inseparable – he had received the grace which costs…

“The only man who has a right to say he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ”.  D. Bonhoeffer

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