FAITH - GRACE
It takes faith plus grace for salvation, and we know that faith without works is dead. Unfortunately, folks tend to believe that the works are efforts on our part when in reality the works are God’s work through our submission to His will for us. His work in us is grace, His grace. We know this because of the marvelous nature of the works He does in us by His Spirit; they are miraculous works, and we are often astounded to see or hear them coming from us. But the grace He sends through His Spirit that produces the wondrous works can only be accomplished through faith. It is interesting that we hear little about the faith part of God’s work, faith for salvation, and the gift of faith for the work of grace in us. “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;” (1 Corinthians 12:8-9 AV)
It is past time for us to see that grace and its work without faith is dead, just as faith without works of grace is dead. “By grace are ye saved through faith” Eph 2:8-9. Also, see: Romans 4:16; 5:12; Gal 5:5; 1Tim 1:14; 2Pet 1:1-2. Faith always is the first requirement for entrance into the Kingdom of God, then grace is added, for without faith it is impossible to please God, Hebrews 11:6.
So, what is the source of saving faith? According to Romans 10:17, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We know that the Word of God is Jesus, so faith comes by Jesus, the living Word of God, preached as His Gospel, which will provide faith to those who will hear it. God will quicken the ears and eyes of those who are willing to serve Him, so that they may receive that faith which is empowered by God’s grace for the continuance of His work in the world. Eph 2:10 tells us,” For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 AV).
Good works are works of love, the “Two Great Commandments”. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 AV)
Faith, then is the key to salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, and the gift of faith by the Holy Ghost provides God’s grace, the good works He does through us for God’s glory and for the salvation of minds, bodies, and souls of men all over the world. Faith must not be neglected when preaching the Gospel; without it grace is dead.