Last month on the Gospel Coalition blog, Tullian Tchividjian posted a great letter written by Elyse Fitzpatrick. In her faux letter, she humorously addresses the serious discussion of focusing too much on grace and too much on the gospel. The Resurgence re-posted a link to the blog today as well.
As one who often talks about the freedom that Christ brings in a gospel-centered life, I feel like I'm constantly in the middle of a conversation about the balance between living in grace and living in response to that grace. This letter sheds light on this very conversaiton.
It reminds me of a conversation I remember having when I was corrected for saying, "It's all about Jesus." I was told, "...when people think that it's all about Jesus that will forget their responsiblity in sanctification." In other words: too much grace will lead to a life of licentiousness. Fitzpatrick finally unmasks this person and addresses what it must be like to live a life centerd on the gospel.
I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did. I hope you think more about grace and more about the gospel because of it.
Quietly making noise,