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Thomas F. Torrance

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192139481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192139481.001.0001

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Cheap and Costly Grace 1

Cheap and Costly Grace 1

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(p.56) 3 Cheap and Costly Grace1
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God and Rationality
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Thomas F. Torrance

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192139481.003.0003

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

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