Costly vs. Cheap Grace

Costly vs. Cheap Grace


In his book The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer made this distinction between costly and cheap grace.

Cheap Grace

Cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin. Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.

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. (pg. 44 - 45)

Costly Grace

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the as which a man must knock.

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace 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 is condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son ... 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. (pg. 45)

So, the grace that you see in your life, which is it?

Quotes taken from The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer @1959 a Touchstone Book published by Simon & Schuster

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