How Bonhoeffer Saw the Grace of Luther


Martin-Luther (Photo credit: Awaya Legends)

Of Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer states, “Costly grace was given as a gift to Luther. It was grace, because it was water onto thirsty land, comfort for anxiety, liberation from the servitude of a self-chosen path, forgiveness of all sins. The grace was costly, because it did not excuse one from works. Instead, it endlessly sharpened the call to discipleship. But just wherein it was costly, that was wherein it was grace. And where it was grace, that was where it was costly. That was the secret of the Reformation gospel, the secret of the justification of the sinner.”

Bonhoeffer explains, “This grace had already cost Luther one life and daily continued to cost him, for he was not excused by grace from discipleship, but instead was all the more thrust into it.”

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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6 Responses to How Bonhoeffer Saw the Grace of Luther

  1. Pingback: Was the Faith Luther Proclaimed Really What Christians Live Today? | Resting in His Grace

  2. Great job M, keep up kingdom business!

  3. Wayne Augden says:

    Great message! Thank you.

  4. granbee says:

    Grace does indeed free us up and empower us and call us to servanthood, all at the same time. The cost is minuscule compared to the rewards. I am sure Martin Luther is in full agreement.

  5. literary lew says:

    Bonhoeffer was incredible. “Costly grace” is such an important concept. I strongly recommend his book, “Creation and the Fall” also.

  6. lambskinny says:

    Amen! “Faith without works is dead.”

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