Graced Quotes

“…the Christ-in-you theme.  I believe that this theme is the great unrealized reality in the body of Christ.  It is not taken seriously at all.  Every Christian mouths the words, ‘Christ in you, the hope of  glory,’ and ‘I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me.’  These phrases are even memorized by many believers.  Though Christians think that Christ-in-you is a nice thing to believe, they still think that they have to DO something.  Christ-in- is a fundamental theme in the Bible that is just not taken seriously.”
-Richard Halverson (former US Senate Chaplain)

“I’m skeptical of any activity, natural or supernatural, that claims to be a work of the Holy Spirit if it doesn’t bring attention to the Lord Jesus.”
-Frank Viola, Gifts of the Spirit part 10

“God’s plan was not to improve me but to remove me so that the Lord Jesus Himself could actually live His life through me.” (Gal. 2:20).
-Francis Frangipan

“For many years I missed this truth. I believed all the other prepositions: Christ for me, with me, ahead of me. And I knew I was working beside Christ, under Christ, with Christ. But I never imagined that Christ was in me. I can’t blame my deficiency on Scripture. Paul refers to this union 216 times. John mentions it 26. They describe a Christ who not only woos us to himself but “ones” us to himself.”
-Max Lucado

“Obedience is an essential responsibility. Which reminds us that “our responsibility is really our Response to God’s Ability.”
-John Woodward

“Unbelief gives—“Lord, look at what I’ve done/built/brought for you.”—but faith receives—“Look at what you have done for us.” Unbelief toils and accomplishes nothing; faith understands that everything comes to us by grace for free. Unbelief tries but faith trusts.”   -Paul Ellis, Grace in Ten Words

“It is unbiblical for us to believe that after we fail we have ‘fallen away from grace.’ In fact, it is accurate to believe that we have fallen INTO grace–even super-abundant grace. That’s when the reign of grace from Jesus is most obvious. That’s when we know him as ongoing Savior and lover–the one who shepherds us out of hiding and into freedom. ”
-Ralph Harris

“Those who don’t get this worry that those who do are pushing cheap grace. They fret that we are giving away the treasures of heaven without first requiring people to turn from sin, get baptized, confess, and do all the other things that supposedly describe the cost of discipleship. They don’t understand that grace comes first, that it is only by grace we can forgive the unforgiveable, love the unlovable, and do all the other things that followers of Christ do. Beware cheap grace?  There is no such thing. Grace is free or it’s not grace.  Or rather grace is priceless and you can’t afford it. ”
-Paul Ellis

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