Economics is based on supply and demand. During our current world-wide financial meltdown, it is on display that government economics tries to bypass supply and demand, causing untold misery for many.
When it comes to forgiveness of sin there is wide demand. All are sinners, therefore all need forgiveness.
When it comes to the source of forgiveness, the Bible tells us Jesus is the only Way. Therefore, the supply of forgiveness is relatively small when compared to the many outlets seeming to offer forgiveness.
The economics of forgiveness are:
Forgiveness is high in demand–everyone needs it
Forgiveness is low in supply–only One offers it
That being the case, forgiveness should be terribly expensive.
There are two ways to think right now:
1) It was expensive, it cost Jesus His life
2) It is cheap, salvation is a free gift
Economically considered, the cost the forgiver goes through to provide forgiveness would raise the cost of forgiveness the sinner should have to pay! The cost to make the product should be reflected in the price. So now forgiveness, being high in demand and costly to produce, should be even more terribly expensive to the one who needs it.
But grace throws economics into turmoil at this point. The limited, highly expensive to produce Forgiveness is a free gift to all who need it, which is everyone.
This makes no sense. This is also why the Protestant Reformation had a conniption over the abuses of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church, knowing they had the market cornered on forgiveness, sought to charge lots of money for people to purchase it.
Luther’s pronouncement that justification was free, not bought, moved us back in the right direction. Yet still today churches are getting rich off God’s short-sighted financial sense–How can we buy bigger buildings and better video technology when God’s program inherently does not involve money?
Grace makes no sense and costs no cents. Grace will continue to blow your mind no matter how long you look at it. We should tremble at the giant, free gift ready to be lavished on us.
He is a good God. Fear the Lord and His goodness.