The Gift of Self-Forgetfulness

Those who are born anew are no longer entangled with themselves.  They are solidly free from this entanglement, from self-reflection that always seeks what belongs to itself.  This is not a deadening of self.  No, it is the gift of self-forgetfulness.  The passive righteousness of faith tells us: You do not concern yourself at all!  In that God does what is decisive in us, we may live outside ourselves and solely in him.  Thus, we are hidden from our selves, and removed from the judgment of others or the judgment of ourselves as a final judgment.  “Who am I?”  Such self-reflection never finds peace in itself.

– Oswald Bayer

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1628

Are You an “Innie” or “Outtie”?

In fact, you might say that the biggest difference between the practical effect of sin and the practical effect of the Gospel is that sin turns us inward while the Gospel turns us outward, as it did with Zacchaeus.  Any version of “the Gospel” or “Grace”, therefore, that encourages you to think about yourself and your performance will inevitably be co-opted by what Martin Luther called our curved-in nature (incurvatus in se) – whether its your failures or your bad works; your strengths or your weaknesses; your obedience or your disobedience.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1482

Deathbed Declaration

There’s a great story about an old Lutheran pastor, who on his deathbed, voiced his confidence that he would be received in heaven, because he could not remember having done one truly good work.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1467

This Is Not Supposed to be Another Narcissistic Self-Help Program

Under the spell of a sense of entitlement, we turn the Gospel into just another narcissistic self-help program.  We attend and promulgate churches that preach “humanity and it improved” rather than “Christ and him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2).

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1439

Flourishing Disobedience is not the Fault of Too Much Grace

Where disobedience flourishes, it is not the fault of too much grace but rather of our failure to grasp the depth of God’s one-way love for us in the midst of our transgressions and greed.  Grace and obedience are not enemies, not by a long shot.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1410