Daily Meditation - Thursday 21August 2008 - CHEAP GRACE CONTRASTED WITH COSTLY GRACE


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*What can a royal wedding party tell *
us about God’s kingdom?

[LEFT]One of the most beautiful images used in the scriptures to depict what heaven is like is the wedding celebration and royal feast given by the King for his newly-wed son and bride.

[LEFT]Whatever grand feast we can imagine on earth,
heaven is the feast of all feasts because the Lord of heaven and earth invites us to the most important banquet of all
– not simply as bystanders or guests
– but as members of Christ’s own body, his bride the church! [/LEFT]

[LEFT]The last book in the bible ends with an invitation…[/LEFT]

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[quote]Dieterich Bonhoeffer, a Christian teacher who died for his faith under Hitler, contrasts “cheap grace” and “costly grace”. “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves …the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance …grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. …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 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.”

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