These next few ones will essentially bear the same message.
Perhaps one of the most common passages on Salvation in the Bible is that of Ephesians 2:8-9.
Here we read that by grace [we] have been saved through faith. And this is not of [our] own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast.
This is (obviously) a very true statement concerning our eternal destiny. It is only the amzing and wonderful grace of God that enables us to be saved through the working out of our faith in Christ. We can never be too amazed at this fact!
But the best part is– it doesn’t end there!!! If it did, then we would be dealing with what Bonhoffer deems “cheap grace”. This is a belief that because grace is free to us, it had no cost. However, if you look at what it cost Christ on the cross, you would realize that it is very costly grace. And everytime we sin, it hurts our relationship with Him and the world. This is essentially what Paul warns about when he poses the question of what to do in light of this grace.
Romans 6:1 and 2 say this:
What shall we say then? Are we to continue to sin so that grace shall abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Essentially, Paul’s answer to the question is, moron- of course not!
The reason for this answer is found in our main text above. Verse ten reads, For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
So, part of our election was that we have these works that God has planned out for us to do. So we as sinners saved by a costly grace cannot live as if we were not saved. Our lives are worth so much more than that! Instead, we need to live on mission- eager to do what God has planned for us… whatever that may be.