I keep hearing from some ministers that so many others are “cheapening” grace or “watering down” grace. It would seem that they have some market share of grace and someone is going to depreciate their stock. Or that grace is made in batches to a specific formula and someone is adding water and weakening it’s consistency. Grace existed before Christ died and a man named Noah found it a little over 2000 years before Christ was born. I have noticed that grace is something that no one can really explain, but many feel they hold a monopoly on. I know very well the price that Jesus paid for sin, but I also know that He doesn’t hold that over our head. His word tells us that there is no condemnation to anyone who is in Christ. Grace belongs to God, and God alone. The only hand that man has in grace is an open one to receive it as a free gift. Grace is free and that is about as cheap as you can get. It is grace that dilutes and dissolves sin.
Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of your selves, it is the gift of God.” Not only was it God’s grace that saved you, it was also His faith. You were saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. Paul says in Romans 12:3 that God has allotted each man a measure of faith. Without God giving you His faith you would not be able to believe on Christ for your salvation. You have no investment in your own salvation and only the speaking of the Gospel to others, God does the work. Salvation, according to Paul, the apostle, comes only when you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess and are saved. It is just that simple. No price for you to pay.
There is nothing you can do to earn more grace. You don’t receive additional grace because you work harder or find more favor than someone else. We all have received the same grace because we all have sinned. You may have grown in your faith or be farther along in your journey than others, but you will never have more grace than anyone else. In all actuality, grace is found in greater abundance where sin abounds the most, according to Romans 5:20. Jesus hung on a cross and shed His blood for everyone and none of us deserved His sacrifice. The new life is found in His resurrection, not in His death. It was His blood that paid the price for my sins, but it is my believing that God raised Him from the dead and my confession that He is Lord that saves me.
That being said, I keep hearing those yelling about “cheap grace” and it leaves me to wonder if they are more concerned about their denominational branding, or their theological stance and long held traditions more than their concern for those who need God’s grace most. There is a monopoly on grace and the market has been cornered by God Himself. You and I have no investment in grace but we can expect a healthy return from a free gift. Freely you have received, freely give.
Joel & Tammy Trigg