“At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do” (Matthew 11:25-26).
“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 hear it from Jesus. We hear it from Paul. They speak with one voice. They proclaim the same message. Salvation is not our own doing. It’s the work of God. What does it mean when we say that we are saved by grace? What do we mean when we say that we are saved through faith? Grace and faith go together. We do not set grace and faith over against each other. They belong together. We do not say that grace points to the Lord, and faith points to ourselves. We say that both point away from ourselves. Grace tells us what the Lord has done for us. Faith looks away from ourselves. It is never faith in ourselves.It is always faith in the Lord. The real contrast is not between grace and faith. What we have, on one side, is grace and faith, giving all the glory to the Lord. On the other side, there is works and pride, giving the glory to ourselves. Let there be no more taking pride in our own good works. May we learn, more and more, to fix our eyes on Jesus, our Saviour – and to join with Paul in speaking words of faith, words that glorify the grace of God: “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).