Grace brings us to God.
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.””(1 Peter 1:13–16 ESV)
The Gospel is grace and emphatically so.
But some talk as if Grace brings us to the land of careless independence. Instead of us becoming children of God, we are pitched the chance to be celestial feral pigs.
Sloppy portrayals of grace violate the Gospel, and robs it of its redemptive hope and power.
Some, in the name of “Grace”, will talk about God rescuing us from punishment and from relational alienation but drop us in another foreign place. They describe the life of grace as one that is devoid of the reign of Christ, the leading of the Spirit and the will of the Father. This is not the land of grace. It is the badlands of lawlessness.
The hope of the gospel is God— to be with and under His leadership. The power of the gospel is deliverance from our foolish independence from Him.
Any supposed grace that takes us to any other land but the shores where God is unquestionably God … is not grace, it is a fable of a passive and forgetful god who provides meaningless restarts to autonomous enemies. God, His love and grace are not in that gospel.
Sloppy portrayals of grace stimulate counter errors of “human merit”.
When grace is explained sloppily it often festers predictable objections to it. Calls of “too much grace is being taught” begun to be heard in the church with the added solution of “we need to hear more about obedience”. And while the calls often ring out from those who still struggle with grasping the gospel itself, their hunches about something being “off” may be right on.
But error often breeds counter error. Such a misplaced correction morphs grace into some kind of obedience and mercy economy and genuinely abandons the gospel.
Where true grace is preached, it is the means by which people are delivered to righteous land of the love and leadership of God.
The solution: True grace, not twisted grace or reduced grace.
By grace alone we are forgiven and made the very children of our loving Father. Any reduction of this grace or of the Father’s love for us is a false and heretical Gospel. God takes pains to show us His Grace, His love and our absolute inability to accomplish this new reality ourselves.
Grace is the vehicle. God is the destination.
This is the vivid and powerful Gospel of Christ.
No my friend, we cannot preach too much grace. We must obey the King.