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Grace

 
Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks' wares. The sacraments, the
forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is
represented as the Church's inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with
generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without  
cost! The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and,
because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing. Since the cost was infinite, the
possibilities of using and spending it are infinite. What would grace be if it were not cheap?...
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.

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will 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 disciple leaves his nets and follows him. Costly grace is the
gospel which must be sought 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.”
   
― The Cost of Discipleship

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