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By Grace Through Faith

   By Charles H. Spurgeon 

    “By grace are ye saved, through faith” (Eph. 2:8).

    I ask my reader to observe adoringly the fountain-head of our salvation, which is the grace of God.  “By grace are ye saved.”  Because God is gracious, therefore sinful men are forgiven, converted, purified and saved.  It is not because of anything in them, or that ever can be in them, that they are saved, but because of the boundless love, goodness, pity, compassion, mercy and grace of God.

    What an abyss is the grace of God!  Who can measure its breadth?  Who can fathom its depth?  Like all the rest of the divine attributes, it is infinite.  God is full of love, for “God is love” (1 John 4:8).  God is full of goodness.  Unbounded goodness and love enter into the very essence of the Godhead.  It is because “His mercy endureth for ever” (Psa. 136:1) that men are not destroyed; because “His compassions fail not” (Lam. 3:22) that sinners are brought to Him and forgiven.

    Remember this or you may fall into error by fixing your minds so much upon the faith which is the channel of salvation as to forget the grace which is the fountain....  We must not look so much to faith as to exalt it above the divine source of all blessing which lies in the grace of God.  Never make a Christ out of your faith, nor think of it as if it were the independent source of your salvation.  Our life is found in “looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12:2), not in looking to our own faith.  By faith all things become possible to us; yet the power is not in the faith, but in the God upon whom faith relies.

    The righteousness of faith is not the moral excellence of faith, but the righteous­ness of  Christ which faith grasps and appropriates. The peace within the soul is not derived from the contemplation of our own faith; but it comes to us from Him who is our peace, the hem of whose garment faith touches, and virtue comes out of Him into the soul.

    See then, dear friend, that the weakness of your faith will not destroy you. A trembling hand may receive a golden gift.  The Lord’s salvation can come to us though we have only faith as a grain of mustard seed.  The power lies in the grace of God, and not in our faith.  Think more of Him to whom you look than of the look itself.  You must look away even from your own looking, and see nothing but Jesus, and the grace of God revealed in Him.

    – Condensed from All Of Grace by Charles H. Spurgeon.