I just re-read Isaiah 30:15 and wept.
This is what Adonay Yahweh, Qedosh Yisrael, says:
You can be saved by returning to me.
You can have rest.
You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me.
But you don’t want that.
I wept when I read that because in it I saw the condition of many believers today. They have fallen away, embraced the spirit of intellectualism and endorse the world’s wisdom. They once knew the delight of their Salvation; they used to bask in the great wonders of Yahweh’s Kingdom; marveled at His wonder and greatness. They experienced all that, yet delved into the mire of the world.
Oh, if only Isaiah’s words could be heard again: “People, you can be saved; you can have rest; you can be strong. Simply sit quietly and peacefully, and trust me. That is all I ask of you” . . . but even that is too much.
That is what causes me to weep. I am witnessing churches embrace false doctrines and erroneous teachings, and people are being led astray. New believers are being tossed back and forth with these teachings and never have to opportunity to hear the Truth presented to them.
As a beloved pastor recently said, “This is what the Gospel is. An invitation from Jesus to repent: to lay down our personal agendas and take up his–an invitation to change our minds. This an invitation for all of us to enter the story of Jesus.”
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)
Whoa! That is a breath of fresh air. But what are you going to do with it? Reject it? Ignore it? Pretend the Scripture really don’t say that?
Well, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:
“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.
On the other hand, Bonhoeffer offers an alternative:
Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell 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, 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.
Well my friend, instead of labeling them “Cheap Grace” and “Costly Grace,” let’s speak of them as they truly are: “True Grace” and “False Grace.”
Don’t buy into anything fake and easy. Pursue True Grace and discover True Life!
With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.
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