Thursday, June 10, 2010

Faith is a Gift of God

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)

"Awareness that faith is the gift of God should also arouse a sense of profound gratitude and worship in our hearts. Not only did we not deserve God's gracious gift of salvation, we could not even take advantage of it apart from His prior working in our hearts. We were helpless to propitiate the wrath of God against our sin, and we were just helpless to receive the fruit of that propitiation when it was offered to us. But God did not stop His work of salvation partway. Instead He gave us life when we were dead, gave us sight when we were blind, and gave us the faith to trust in Christ for our salvation. If we were to spend the rest of our lives doing nothing but saying 'thank you' to God, we could still never sufficiently express to Him our gratitude for the gift of salvation, including the gift of faith by which we receive it." (Jerry Bridges)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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