Does cheap grace ever exist in the bible?

Today, I would like to go back to grace. Whenever someone sin in a grace church, people will say,”Watch out, its the grace teaching!” When someone sin in a law church, nobody says,”Watch out, its the law teaching!” The devil has set a veil in people’s hearts! Today, I want to address the issue of people calling grace cheap, greasy and crazy. You see, grace was never cheap, we cheapen grace. Lets see what gift God gave Paul.

Ephesians 3:8

New King James Version (NKJV)

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

Its amazing how Paul was lesser than the least of all the saints! Its one thing to be the least, its another thing to be lesser than the least! Worst! But did you know that the gospel of grace was given to Paul, someone who never walked nor slept nor ate with Jesus? The gospel should be given to Peter, James or John but it was not. This is one sign of God’s unmerited favor! So Paul, who is lesser than the least of all saints, this cheap grace was given, that he should preach the unsearchable riches of Christ to the Gentiles. This cheap grace theory is stupid. Its stupid because according to this verse, God gave Paul grace so that he can preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. The day we can measure the unsearchable riches of Christ, the day we can fathom it, that is the day we know how priceless grace is! Its an insult to Christ to say grace is cheap because God had to give Paul grace before Paul could preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. How much is the riches? I dont know! It is unsearchable! From here, we can tell grace is not cheap. God is not a cheapo to give something cheap to someone lesser than the least of all the saints.

John 1:16-17

New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

In our estimation, the law worths more than grace. Nobody dares to insult the law but everyone insults grace. We have received the fullness of cheap grace for cheap grace. Yo, I hope you are understanding my point. Something is wrong with this teaching of cheap grace! Verse 17, for the law was given through Moses, cheap grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. In the greek, grace and truth are one. Meaning, without grace, there is not truth and without truth, there is no grace. If we call grace cheap then truth is also cheap and Jesus will be stupid to say,”Know the truth and truth will set you free!” How can something cheap set you free. Even your Holy Communion, just one small piece of bread and one small cup of Ribena or grape juice is not cheap. Jesus was the payment! The bible calls Jesus heaven’s best. God had to use heaven’s best to pay for our Holy Communion! Another thing, how can something cheap come through Jesus? Redundant! Are you telling me what was given by Moses is more valuable than what came through Jesus? Stupid!

Romans 6:14

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

I can boldly tell you now that the law produces greasy, cheap and lowly lifestyle. Under law, sin has dominion over you, under grace sin does not have dominion over you! Comeon! Its so clear! Sometimes I wonder whether people have eyes to see. That pornography that you have been watching, might have vexed your soul but as long as your mindset is a law mindset, that pornography reign over you. Only grace can truly set you free. But my point is this, grace will never produce cheap lifestyle. If someone is living in sin, he does not fully understand grace. Grace itself is not cheap! The law is also not cheap, the law is holy! But it cannot make you holy. The law is a mirror, you look into it, you see pimples, you dont curse the mirror or break it. The mirror would break by itself! Just kidding. But we dont break the mirror! Grace is the lotion cream. Grace will clean you up and when you look into the mirror, you dont see that ugly looking person you once saw. Amen?

Romans 5:17

New King James Version (NKJV)

17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Once again, what is the power to reign in life? The abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness! How can grace ever be cheap? Without grace, you cannot reign in life. You cannot reign over drugs, pornography, food, you cannot reign as a king! The word reign here is the greek word for kingly rule. Only with grace can you reign as a king. Also the gift of righteousness. Righteousness is a gift not a wage or a reward. If grace is cheap then those who receive abundance of cheap grace and the gift of righteousness…. Sounds wrong. Grace is never cheap. It might be free for us but it took God to give up His only begotten and beloved son. The book of Revelations was written by John whose name means grace. My friend, grace is never ever cheap. I’m going to bring all this to a close.

2 Peter 1:2

New International Version (NIV)

 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

According to Peter, the more we know Jesus, the more grace and peace be ours. Now, Peter is an apostle to the Jews. Lets say you are a Jew, if you talk to Peter, you would have spoken hebrew to him and not greek. Peace in hebrew is shalom which means peace, prosperity, health, wholeness to every area of your life. When you know Jesus, when you study Him, when you see Him in all His glory and majesty, grace and shalom be yours in ABUNDANCE! Those who receive abundance of grace…..Its redundant to receive something cheap after knowing Jesus so intimately! Grace is priceless! Grace is the person of Jesus! When you have grace you have shalom! Hallelujah!

Galatians 5:4

King James Version (KJV)

 4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Im closing. Many of us, when we were baby christians which was probably years ago or decades ago, we put more value to the law rather than grace. But I submit to you, this wasnt the case for apostle Paul. The moment you come under law, you fall from grace. He never said, ” ye are elevated from grace.” He said that we are fallen from grace and sin cannot stop grace, grace stops sin! But legalism stops, quenches the flow of grace. Legalism pulls you down from grace. Grace is always higher! Hallelujah!
Guys, I believed, I have cleared many of your doubts, I pray in Jesus name you will learn to see grace as a priceless gift from God.


Nicholas Tan Chee Yee

©Nicholas Tan Ministries 2011


2 thoughts on “Does cheap grace ever exist in the bible?

  1. I love your teachings Nicholas….I stole a few quotes and posted…keep on keeping on brother…you are a rare gift to the world…

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