Grace is the gift in Ephesians 2:8-9 NOT FAITH (Part…
Grace is the gift in Ephesians 2:8-9 NOT FAITH (Part 1 of 5)
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Why? Simple English grammar will say GIFTS and Not Gift…THESE and not IT…So the gift pertains to a SINGLE WORD (either faith or grace).
I will start this series by presenting arguments that IT IS ONLY GRACE that was referred to as GIFT
Part 2 FAITH IS NOT THE GIFT
Part 3 GRACE THRU FAITH IS NOT THE GIFT
Part 4 There can be grace without faith.
Part 5 There can be faith without grace
Thank you for your comments and criticisms, I will need that as I am about to enter preaching in my own way…so if you think I am in error, please rebuke me at the gentlest way possible but I am ready also for a harsh rebuke:
Verses to support Grace is a Gift…
Romans 11:6 ESV
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
Romans 3:24 ESV
And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Titus 2:11 ESV
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people
John 1:17 ESV
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:7 ESV
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
1 Peter 4:10 ESV
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Romans 5:17 ESV
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Romans 5:15 ESV
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
Romans 3:23-24 ESV
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,