The Paradox of Grace

The Paradox of Grace

Key Scripture:
• Romans 8:1 – 4; 12 – 15

Other Scriptures:
• Ezekiel 36:25 – 27
• Matthew 5:3, 48
• Colossians 2:11 – 15; 3:1 – 11

“Christ and him crucified: this is the gospel of grace, the good news that despite our inability to ever make things right with God, he stretches out his hands, east to west, and pays for the forgiveness that can cast our sins into his bottomless ocean of love.”
Jen Pollock Michel

“And yet, though grace will take us as we are, it will not leave us there. Baptism cannot mean that we get to enter and exit the waters the same person. Grace can’t mean that we assent to the theoretical idea of God’s liberal love but submit to no real transformation. There can be no clinging to death and decay while simultaneously brandishing resurrection.”
Jen Pollock Michel

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
C.S. Lewis