“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. 9 not by works so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
We are saved by grace, having done nothing to earn it, so we cannot boast about our salvation. Grace means unmerited favour. Unmerited favour is a favour you get not because of anything you did but purely as a gift. There is nothing that you can do to make you qualify for salvation. God gives it as a free gift, a grace, an unmerited favour to you and me. When anyone gives you a gift, your only responsibility is to receive it. The grace that saves is God’s free, undeserved goodness and favour, and He saves, not by the works of the law, but through faith in Christ Jesus. Grace in the soul is a new life in the soul. A regenerated sinner becomes a living soul; he lives a life of holiness, being born of God: he lives being delivered from the guilt of sin by pardoning and justifying grace. It was His purpose, to which He prepared us by blessing us with the knowledge of His will and His Holy Spirit, producing such a change in us that we should glorify God through our good conversation and perseverance in holiness.