Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:8-10
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
This passage makes it abundantly clear that it is by grace THROUGH FAITH that we are saved. Once God has effectually called us to Himself and regenerated us (caused us to be born again), we respond in faith. Faith is taking God at His Word and acting upon it. Faith involves having a knowledge of the facts. It is when our spiritual eyes are opened to God’s truth so that we can understand it.
Saving faith involves more than intellectual assent; it also means that we have conviction that what God says is true. It involves a strong commitment to God’s truth. Ultimately, faith involves trust. We put our trust in God and in His Word. We are willing to stake our lives on it.
Faith in Jesus Christ means that we know who He is and what He has done for us. It means that we have a deep conviction of these things and that we trust Him alone for salvation. This is true saving faith.
Let’s be clear about faith. Faith, like our salvation, is a gift from God — “And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Understanding this is very important. Some people believe that our salvation is a 50/50 proposition. God does His part and we do our part by believing. Hopefully, you realize that this is not true. God does it all. He saves us by grace and gives us the faith to believe. If we hold the 50/50 view, we make faith a work. Then our salvation would be grace plus works.
Salvation is by grace through faith. Faith, a gift from God, is the instrument through which we are justified. Faith is not the cause of our salvation. Jesus Christ along with His work is the cause. Faith, on the other hand, is the channel — the instrument — through which our salvation comes. Therefore, we have no reason to boast — “so that no one may boast.” Faith is the gift of God and is the channel through which our salvation comes.
Gracious Lord, thank You for choosing me, making me alive in Christ and giving me the gift of faith. I know that I am justified through faith and therefore, have peace with You because of the work of my Savior Jesus. Enable me to live my life by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.
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