Grace. The unmerited love of God for humankind. Depending on the part of the church we are from, this can be a concept we hear an awful lot about, or hardly at all. We might hear about grace as a free gift but not be taught about its cost, or we may have heard so little about it that we believe our salvation is something to be earned; dependent on our good works.
In truth, grace – while free – is not cheap, but rather costly, as illustrated by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book,The Cost of Discipleship:
“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.”
It is true that the cost of grace was the life of Jesus, and it is also true that we are to receive it as a free – a priceless – gift, paid for in advance.
Here are 10 Bible verses that reveal the free gift of grace, bought at such a cost:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith.”
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’ – so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.”
“When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
“You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Republished from ChristianToday.com