for by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God;
Grace means salvation comes through Faith which is an unmeritorious gift that is not inherently part of natural man; a spiritually dead man to the True God, True Gospel and The True Jesus Christ. Genesis 2:17
In Galatians 2:16 and Romans 3:21-26 it says we are saved by the faith of Christ. Jesus Christ, The Word was God became flesh provided (for His people He promised to save), (as the perfect sinless substitutionary sacrifice for His people He represented, the ones His father gave to Him that He will give eternal life to and will not lose but will raise up in the last day), propitiation(removing God’s anger against them for their sin) through His shed blood, (without the shedding of blood no flesh will be forgiven) justification, declaring His people righteous based on His perfect imputed righteousness, redemption (the buying back of His people) all of which provided reconciliation or atonement to God conditioned on His work and person alone without any effort or contribution from the persons the Father gave to Him. This makes God a just God and a Savior.
Isaiah 55:8-9 Romans 3:21-26 Hebrews 9:22 John 6:37-44 John 1:1-3, 14, 18 1 John 3:5 1 Corinthians 2:14 Romans 4:6-8 Matthew 1:21
Natural man thinks spiritual things are foolishness including the Cross of Christ, therefore the faith that saves cannot be our own because The Natural man is spiritually dead and cannot generate faith from within himself.
We obtained our faith in the Gospel of Christ at the time of receiving from God, Christ’s righteousness imputed or charged to His unconditionally chosen people’s account when they are and were generated from above. Faith was given to us.
John 6:64-65 John 3:3-8. Romans 4:3-8. 1 John 5:4 Philippians 1:29 Acts 13:48 John 17:2-3
Christ is the Righteousness of God. He is Jehovah our Righteousness Jeremiah 23:6
Even as also David says of the blessing of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are they whose lawlessnesses have been remitted, and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
2 Peter 1:1
1 ¶ Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to the ones equally precious with us, having obtained faith in the righteousness of our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ:
16 knowing that a man is not justified by works of Law, if not through faith of Jesus Christ (we also believed into Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith of Christ and not by works of Law, because all flesh will not be justified by works of Law). Psa. 123:2
But now apart from law a righteousness of God has been revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God through faith of Jesus Christ toward all and upon all the( ones) believing; for there is no difference,
23 for all sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified undeservedly by His grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God set forth as a propitiation through faith in His blood, for a demonstration of His righteousness through the passing over of the sins that had taken place before, in the forbearance of God,
26 for a demonstration of His righteousness in the present time, for His being just and justifying the one that is of the faith of Jesus
1 Corinthians 2:14
But a natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The natural man can’t generate faith because he is spiritually dead. He thinks spiritual things such as the effectual work of the Cross of Christ are foolishness 1 Corinthians 1:18 because he doesn’t have the spirit to be able to understand spiritual things. It requires the gift of the spirit by an act of God.
The natural man, has a condition, a nature, inherited from the Garden of Eden that believes Jesus Christ died for everyone; and the cross wasn’t effectual in that it actually saves, in and of itself, until man performs through some sort of effort some act of faith from within himself; which this belief actually correlates to the bait the serpent supplied in the Garden of Eden “ you will be like God” “knowing Good and Evil”; but that was a lie and God was proven true when He said “Dying you shall die” and we all became liars to put it in simple terms, and evil by nature running from the true God like Adam and Eve. Natural man cannot produce faith in the The True God The True Christ and The True Gospel; he doesn’t have the ability; he is spiritually dead Romans 3:10-11-12
Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, If one is not generated from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.
Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, If one is not generated out of water (God’s cleansing word) and Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God
The Spirit breathes where He desires, and you hear His voice; but you do not know from where He comes, and where He goes; so is everyone having been generated from the Spirit.
The above verse reveals God Sovereignly gives His spirit to whomever He chooses and without the spirit they cannot see or enter the kingdom of God and have faith Ephesians 2:8. It is impossible to see the True God and to be saved without faith. Hebrews 11:6 Without Faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is impossible to please God. We see in John 6:29 that faith is the work of God; not the work of man
Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe into Him whom that One sent
Jesus reveals faith is God’s work not man’s work or from man’s effort or generation. John 3:34 says God the Father GAVE to the man Jesus the Spirit without limit which means he had faith in God the Father without limit; as a gift. No free will in this statement! Jesus said He came to do the will of the Father John 6:38
For the One whom God sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
God GIVES to whom he wills and In Romans 9:11 we see God gives unconditionally to whom He chooses to call and have mercy ; irrespective of man’s will; but by only His mercy Romans 9:16
for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of the One calling,
16 So, then, it is not of the one willing, nor of the one running, but of the One having mercy, of God
18 So, then, to whom He wills, He shows mercy; but to whom He wills, He hardens.
God acts unconditionally in election and reprobation for his purpose according to His will and gives mercy to whom He wills; irrespective of natural man’s will. In James 1:17 we see all good gifts come from God and Romans 9:11 and John 3:3-8 says He gives those good gifts unconditionally to whomever he chooses and all good gifts originate from the Holy Spirit since only God is good and God is Spirit. Only those the Father gives faith; come to Jesus John 6:37 Luke 18:19, John 4:24
In John 3:27 we see …a man is able to receive nothing, if it is not given to him from above.
John answered and said, A man is able to receive nothing if it is not given to him from Heaven.
Here, once again, we see God must give the gift of faith; since all good gifts come from God and faith is a good gift.
1 Corinthians 4:7
For who makes you to differ? And what do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as not receiving it?
Here we have confirmation, once again, that God is the one that gives and from whom we receive. John 1;12-13 Since, it is unconditionally given, we have no reason to boast. Faith is an unconditional gift by God and given to whomever he wills to have mercy; irrespective of man’s will. God is the Potter we are the clay Romans 9:20-22. God has the right to make one vessel of mercy and make one vessel fitted out for destruction. Natural man could care less about spiritual things and needs to have God set him free from the family of Satan. John 8:36 John 8:44 The Bible says you only need 2-3 witnesses. 2 Corinthians 13:1, Deuteronomy 19:16
The multiple scriptures (witnesses) above should be more than sufficient to prove faith is an unconditional gift from God conditioned on the faith of Christ alone to whomever he wills.
If Faith wasn’t a complete gift from God without any effort from man conditioned solely on the work and imputed perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ, man could and would boast because Satan is his father.
God will not share his glory with an idol The “Free will” god that cannot save Isaiah 45:20 Isaiah 42:8-9
All things were given over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and to whomever the Son purposes to reveal Him.
28 Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, “and you will find rest to your souls.” Jer. 6:16
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