Ephesians 2:8-, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”
Here the inspired apostle gives a simple formula for salvation; by grace, through faith. Not by grace alone, nor by faith alone, but these working together to bring the soul into harmony with God. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus that we can be saved, He alone is the author of salvation. No man can earn this, no amount of good can cleanse us, only the precious blood of Jesus. God has prepared for all mankind the means of salvation.
But what of faith? This is our part, and the part often most ignored. We receive by His grace the ability to believe, but the act of faith whereby we trust in Jesus for salvation is ours. God does not forcibly save anyone, nor does He keep us against our will, He allows us a free will, for He desires a people that truly love Him, and obey Him out of this love. In the Greek language, the word faith throughout the NT depicts an ongoing action, present tense word. We do not one time put our faith in Jesus, but we daily live by faith, pursuing a holy life, forsaking all sin, enabled continually by His grace. This does not just happen automatically, it is a daily walk by faith, for the just shall live by faith. God alone saves, He alone sanctifies, but we must take the initiative, we must be diligent to maintain our part.
We must daily work out our salvation with fear and trembling, all the while knowing it is God who works in us. God will not do for us what He has commanded us to do, He will not force us to walk in His ways, nor will He overlook our sin, but He will give us the ability we need to overcome sin as we yield our lives to Him. We cannot neglect our responsibility, neglecting to care for our physical body results in death the same way neglecting the spiritual responsibilities results in spiritual death and backsliding. If you hear His voice, harden not your hearts, for God is truly desiring to do a work in each of our lives, he desires that we would be holy as He is holy, that Christ would be formed within us, His very righteousness, not merely imputed to us, but imparted within us, this is the ongoing work of salvation in our lives as we remain in Christ. Let us look unto Jesus, the author and finisher, the originator and perfector, of our faith.
All for the glory of His wonderful Name, blessings Brother Ben