Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…
For centuries people have argued over whether we are saved by God’s sovereign will or man’s free will. Calvinist would say you are saved because God sovereignly chose to save you, and Armenians would say God chose to save you because you made a free will choice to believe. Who is right? Both.
You see, salvation comes to us through two gifts from God—grace and faith. You can’t have either of those gifts unless God chooses to offer them to you. They are His gifts to give to whom He chooses. Yes, God sovereignly chose to offer you the gift of faith; you had nothing what-so-ever to do with that. But by His sovereign will God also gave you the free will choice to accept or reject the gift of faith. Now if you decide to accept God’s gift of faith God will grant you a second gift, the gift of grace, and that second gift is irresistible. Once God decides to pour the gift of His grace into you, you have no choice but to accept it.
There’s an order to our salvation. God chose to call us through the power of the Gospel; God chose to offer us the gift of faith; and God chose to pour out the gift of grace on those who chose to accept the gift of faith.
You see, there are two gifts leading to salvation. Both grace and faith are gifts from all mighty, eternal God. If you accept God’s gift of faith you will receive God’s gift of grace. You have been saved by grace through faith.
Have a God filled Week,