While I am a preacher of grace, I have observed a fallacy which diminishes the value of God’s grace. In the eyes of God, grace was never a cheap thing because it costed the high price of His son to die on the cross for our sins. The fact that grace is a free gift has caused many modern minds to belittle it because cheap things in modern markets are usually valueless. The higher the price the greater the quality. May we be reminded that the blood of Jesus because of its superior value, speaks better things than the blood of animals. While there is no price to pay for our salvation, it does not follow that because grace is free, therefore it is cheap. This is what the writer to the Hebrews is grappling with when he challenges his readers about the danger of deliberately keeping on sinning after they have received grace. Indeed there is need for believers to reciprocate God’s grace they have been freely given by living a holy life. Today’s Christian community has made grace so cheap that one can live anyhow and then expect to appropriate God’s unlimited grace. They can deliberately sin because God has already forgiven them in advance because of the finished work at Calvary. However the writer to the Hebrews rightfully says that when we make grace cheap, we are actually trampling the Son of God underfoot. Furthermore, we are treating as an unholy thing the blood that sanctified us thus insult the Spirit of grace. Sadly so to speak Church leaders are not telling their Church folks that the God of grace will one day be the God of judgment hence the illustration of the strictness of the Law of Moses. It only took the word of two or three witnesses to testify that you were on the wrong side of the law for you to be stoned to death. Mind you these witnesses were not verified if they were speaking the truth. In light of this, it suicidal for a Christian to play Church or live a life of a hypocrite. Tell you what, if you play Church you are not fooling anyone except yourself. Its high time that Christians discover that if they stop confessing, they stop growing. Only those who truly fear God do not deliberately continue sinning. Let us learn from King David that whilst he messed up big time by taking Uriah’s wife and later causing the death of Uriah, he realised the importance of confession (Psalm51). Even the woman who was caught in the act, Jesus did not condemn her but after all her accusers had disappeared into thin air, Jesus told her to GO AND SIN NO MORE. The writer to the Hebrews caps it up by saying that it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God when there is no more sacrifice for sin available. STOP ACTING CHURCH, IT IS DANGEROUS.
GRACE IS FREE BUT NOT CHEAP (Hebrews 10:26-31)