There’s something in the air: Grace

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Plaintiffs Paul Katami, left, and Jeff Zarillo, who argued against California’s Proposition 8, speak to the media Wednesday (June 26) after the Supreme Court rejected Prop 8 on legal grounds. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Plaintiffs Paul Katami, left, and Jeff Zarillo, who argued against California’s Proposition 8, speak to the media Wednesday (June 26) after the Supreme Court rejected Prop 8 on legal grounds. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

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(RNS) Rather than a Third Great Awakening I believe we are standing in the threshold of a Great Grace Awakening.

  • Doc Anthony

    Grace — is 1 Cor. 10:13 and 1 Cor. 6:9-11. Grace — is for all people.

  • RAH

    “Grace is a gift available to all of us. We can’t earn it. We don’t deserve it. But we get it anyway. Abundantly. Audaciously. Without caveat or qualification”

    Available to all – yes. “We get it anyway” is the sticking point – How do we get it? There is a colossal difference between saving grace and what Wesley called “preventing grace.”

    God so loved – that whoever BELIEVES… Believing requires a transformed life

  • Bob

    ‘Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Grace alone does everything they say, and so everything can remain as it was before. ‘All for sin could not atone.’ Well, then, let the Christian live like the rest of the world, let him model himself on the world’s standards in every sphere of life, and not presumptuously aspire to live a different life under grace from his old life under 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…. 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 gladly go and self 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 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
    by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Frank

    You are close, believing results in a transformed life and is proof of the belief.

  • Yes..grace is freely receiving the gift of forgiveness from Christ that we neither earned nor deserved…..Amen

  • Very good piece. I believe we are spiritually evolving and becoming more saturated by an ethics of grace. Of course, there is always a push back. Our spiritual evolution/transformation is three steps forward and two steps back.

    I was a little confused on your quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. on justice in the context of the way you describe as getting what you deserve. The restorative, redemptive justice, King is talking about, has grace at its center.