Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves – it is the gift of God.
Part 1 ~ The Grace Of God
The grace of God, which does for us what we could never do for ourselves, empowers us with the supernatural ability of faith to please God and live out those things His gift has provided (Hebrews 11:6; 2 Corinthians 9:14-15). When we consider the meaning and definition of grace, we must look to what God describes it to be. There are many different facets to grace allowing us to view the splendor of all God’s goodness. When we consider all its attributes, we discover that grace is God’s Presence working for us and in us – to produce all He has desired (2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 2:13; John 1:16).
Grace is the active working of the Spirit of the Lord at work in us and in the world (Titus 2:13; John 12:32; Acts 2:17). Every action of the Holy Spirit is grace revealed. Grace is not a passive action of God toward man, but the activity of the Holy Spirit and the demonstration of His divine will and power. Grace is not dependent upon the works of men anymore than the power of the Holy Spirit is dependent upon human ability; both are supplied to us by the love of God and are willingly received, and then must be submitted to (Romans 11:6, 22-23, 8:1-9; Galatians 3:3; John 3:3-6). Grace is the goodness and favor of God extended to all men alike and the means by which all of His gifts are given to anyone who will receive.
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen