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

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

Grace is a Pure Gift

Grace alone produces conditions that induce change, but grace is not conditional on change.  It is pure gift – independent of outcomes.  We must be careful here about turning grace into a strategy (or law) – a means by which we can get certain things, control certain things, guarantee certain things.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1338

We Need Fresh Revelation Accomplished Only by the Law

We need the Law to freshly reveal to us that we are worse off than we think we are.  We need to be reminded that there is something to be pardoned even in our best works and proudest achievements.

But then, once we are crushed by the Law, we need to be reminded that “there is a fountain fill’d with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains” (W. Cowper).

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 948

Jesus Came to Unburden Us of Our Efforts at Dealing with Our Imprisonment

The Gospel announces that Jesus came to acquit the guilty.  He came to judge and be judged in our place.  Christ came to satisfy the deep judgment against us once and for all so we could be free from the judgment of God, others and ourselves.  Jesus came to unburden us of our efforts at trying to deal with judgment of our own.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1265