Peter’s Faith Was Directly Tied to His Failure

It is no coincidence that Peter was both the weakest and the one who recognized who Jesus was.  He could recognize the Savior, because he knew how much he needed one.  His faith was directly tied to his failure.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1194

One-Way Love is Irrational

One-way love is incrutable or irrational not only because it is out of relation with the intrinsic circumstances on the part of the receiver.  One-way love is also irrational because it reaches out to the specifically underserving person.  This is the beating heart of it.

– Paul Zahl

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1165

Law vs. Grace

Just as it is difficult to experience forgiveness without some knowledge of what you have done wrong, so it is difficult toi understand Grace apart from the Law.  If the Law is the first word, Grace is the last.  Listen closely: The Law exposes [us] while Grace exonerates [us].  The Law diagnoses, but Grace delivers.  The Law accuses, Grace acquits.  The Law condemns the best of us, while Grace saves the worst of us.  The Law says “cursed,” Grace says “Blessed.”  The Law says “slave,” Grace says “son.”  The Law says “guilty,” Grace says “forgiven.”  The Law can break a hard heart, but only Grace can heal one.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1137

It Is At Its Best When We Are Not

One-way love is always at its most palpable and transformative when we are at our lowest ebb.  Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we are still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV, emphasis mine) is how the apostle Paul puts it.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1091

Our View of Grace is Inextricably Linked to Our View of the Law

Only when we understand that God’s Law is absolutely inflexible will we see that God’s grace is absolutely indispensible.  A high view of Law involves the devastating reminder that God’s acceptance of us is ultimately contingent on Christ’s imputation, not our improvement.  Such inscrutable demands push us twoard the infallible deliverance we find in the Gospel.  In other words, a high view of the Law produces a high view of grace.  A low view of the the Law produces a very low view of grace.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1005

Cheap Law Does Not Just Cheapen Grace – No, It Nullifies It

Cheap law weakens God’s demand for perfection, and in doing so, breathes life into … [our] own making … It creates people of great zeal, but they lack knowledge concerning the question “What Would Jesus Do?”  Here is the costly answer: Jesus would do it all perfectly.  And that’s game over for you.  The Father is not grooming you to be a replacement for His Beloved Son.  He is announcing that there is blessing for those who take shelter in his Beloved Son.  Cheap law tells us that we’ve fallen, but there’s good news, you can get back up again… Therein lies the great heresy of cheap law: it is a false gospel.  It cheapens – no – nullifies grace.

– John Dink

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location