From the beginning to end, salvation is by grace of God.
King James Version (KJV)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
One cannot be saved by works, good deeds of love, or trying to keep God's commandments. One must be saved by GRACE ( a favor from God to those undeserving) of God. The reasons for this are the following:
1. All the unsaved are spiritually dead (verse1), under the dominion of Satan (verse2), enslaved to sin (verse3), and under the condemnation of God (verse3).
2. In order to be saved one must receive GOD'S PROVISION of Salvation (verses4-5, be forgiven of sin (Romans 4:7-8), be made spiritually alive (Col.1:13), be delivered from the power of Satan and sin (Col.1:3), be made a new creature (2Cor.5:17), and receive the Holy Spirit. No amount of self-effort can accomplish the above.
3. What brings salvation is GOD'S GRACE through FAITH (which definitely not of works) - verses 5,8. God's gift of grace includes the following: a. First comes the call of repentance and faith (Acts 2;38). With this call comes the work of the Holy Spirit within a person, giving him the power and ability to respond to God. b. Those who respond in faith and repentance and accept Christ as Lord and Savior receive additional grace to be regenerated or born again by the Spirit and to be filled with the Spirit. c. Those who are made new creatures in Christ receive continuing works within him (1Cor.15:10). God's grace operates within the committed believer both to will and to work for God's good pleasure. From the beginning to end, salvation is by grace of God.
Have a Christ-centered day! :)
God bless you all bountifully.
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