“Come, you also!” – The Stupor of Grace in Dostoevsky – Greg Albrecht

Consider what the famed Russian novelist, Dostoevsky, wrote about the judgment of God and the gospel of grace, in his classic work, Crime and Punishment.

At the last Judgment Christ, will say to us, “Come, you also! Come, drunkards! Come weaklings! Come, children of shame!” 

And he will say to us: “Vile beings, you who are in the image of the beast and bear his mark, but come all the same, you as well.” 

And the wise and the prudent will say, “Lord, why do you welcome them?” And he will say, “If I welcome them, you wise men, it is because not one of them have ever been judged worthy.” 

And he will stretch out his arms, and we will fall at his feet, and we will cry out sobbing, and then we will understand all, we will understand the Gospel of grace! Lord, your kingdom come!

Dostoevsky put this soaring gospel in the mouth of the character, Marmeladov – a bumbling drunkard whose family is left destitute because he spends all they have on his addiction. He utters this gospel – the true gospel – even while still in the stupor that will lead to his tragic death. Yes, grace even for that slob, even to his bitter end …     

This excerpt is from Greg Albrecht’s book, Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul, Volume 3. All three volumes are available at ptm.org for $10 each, including shipping in the US.

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