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Cheap and Costly Grace<sup>1</sup>

Thomas F. Torrance

in God and Rationality

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780192139481
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192139481.003.0003
Cheap and Costly Grace1

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In his commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Karl Barth explains that grace is not to be viewed as something cheap for it is costly both for God and for man. Ironically, grace becomes costly because of how it is unconditionally free and because of how it is achieved only when we are justified in Jesus Christ. Since we are all under God's mercy and since we are freely justified through grace, all men — regardless of whether they are bad or good, whether they practice religion, and other such aspects — are perceived to be equal as they are all saved by grace alone. For God, this grace is perceived to be considerably costly since grace is achieved through Christ's blood. On the other hand, for man, all the achievements and possessions of man rely greatly on grace.

Keywords: Karl Barth; grace; Jesus Christ; God; man; possessions; achievements; mercy; justification

Chapter.  12262 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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