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

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For by Grace; ” charis ”   good will, loving-kindness, favor, of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and excites us to the exercise of the Christian virtues .  You have been saved; from eternal death, save from the power of sin, saved from the prince of this air. Saved from the bondage of our flesh and its desires. Through Faith; this is saving faith that can only come from God. Granted man has horizontal faith that we are born with. When you go into a room and you see a chair, you don’t call in an engineer the test it stress level, you look it over,  have faith it will hold you and you do this without knowing it,  and you sit down. What if everyone driving their car came to a bridge and stop; how do we know the bridge will hold our weight? But without thought we drive over the bridge.  We do this many times a day without realizing it. But the “Faith” spoken of here is “saving Faith” the faith and trust to rely on the saving work of Christ. This is spiritual faith it does not speak to the flesh, but to our spirits. It is part of the metamorphosis that takes place when a soul is saved. We have the calling of God, whom the Holy Spirit convict’s and quickens, give spiritual life. Our spiritual eyes and ears can now understand the truth of the gospel, and the saving faith that has been imparted allows us to accept and believe the gospel. The redeeming work of Christ on the cross on our behalf is satisfactory to God the father. At this point we willingly come to Christ. All this is none of mans doing, man is totally helpless when it come to being saved.  We have no more desire for God than a dead corpse. Ephesians 2:1. It is by God’s grace you have been saved through faith, not of works it is a gift from God.

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1: 24,25)

Gregory Lane