. . . even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:5)
This statement does not teach that faith is a meritorious cause of salvation. It rather asserts that even though faith is the appropriating means, it is the hand that receives the gift. John Knox, the Scottish Reformer, rendered the verse this way: “Yes, it was grace that saved you, with faith for its instrument.” The word itself means “trust or reliance upon.” The phrase “through faith” implies that we can’t even believe without God’s gift of grace: it is the gift of God.
In Living in the In-Between Times, Pastor Ralph Douglas West brings the story of the Old Testament prophet Samuel to life, showing you how God speaks in your “in betweens” and what it looks like to live faithfully in these seasons of waiting and wondering.
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