Experiencing Christ

Faith Being a Gift of God

Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; (9) Not of works that no one should boast.

Faith is not of ourselves. Although we believe, the faith with which we believe does not originate with us. In ourselves, we do not have any faith. However, at the time we repented and made confession to God in the name of the Lord Jesus, the believing ability was put into us. Before we were saved, we were utterly unable to believe… Others may ask how we can believe in Jesus Christ when we have never seen Him. Although we have not seen Him, we cannot help believing in Him. This faith is not of ourselves; it is part of the grace transmitted into us.

Faith actually is an aspect of Christ. This is the reason the Bible speaks of the faith of Christ (Rom 3:22)… Because the unique faith is Christ Himself, we who believe in Him have a common faith. You do not have one kind of faith and I, another kind. When Christ came to you, you believed; and when He came to me, I believed. Whenever Christ comes to a person, that person believes in Him. This is a further indication that faith comes not out of us, but out of Christ.

Because faith is a gift of God and is not of our works, none of us has the right to boast. On the contrary, we all must humbly say, “Lord, if you had not come to me, I would not have any faith. But praise You that You have come, and I have received faith! Lord, You are my faith.”

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