Grace is the key to everything. And I am not referring to the week-kneed, limp, powerless, feeble grace that you find in much of Christian theology today; but the shocking, outrageous, scandalous, indiscriminate, senseless, irrational, unfair, irreligious, ridiculous, absurd, offensive, infinite grace which Jesus exhibited during His life.
Scandalous grace is the only kind that could have reached and saved me.
The truth is, the only people who really object to this kind of grace are the religious people who think that their behavior merits them some sort of special privilege or position with God and are offended that the so-called “sinners” are put on equal footing with them before God. But that is exactly what God’s grace does.
One way some people limit grace is when they try to differentiate between “cheap grace” and “costly grace;" or start trying to limit the application of God’s grace by using theological terms like “efficacious grace.”
The truth is that grace ceases to be grace whenever we seek to modify or limit its application, extent, or effectiveness. You cannot cheapen grace, but you can misunderstand it.
Similarly, grace is always costly to the one who extends it, but absolutely free to the one who receives it. There is no other kind of grace. If one must ask for it, work to deserve it, obey to keep it, or live in a way that proves they are worthy of it, then it is not grace.
Grace is extended freely to all, with no strings attached before, during, or after the reception of grace. Since we can do nothing to earn grace, we can do nothing to lose it. Grace, when it is truly given, expects nothing in return and demands nothing by way of thanks.
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