Saved by Faith or Grace?

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. —Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB)

Paul brings to our attention an important point in this passage concerning the workings of salvation. Grace is mentioned as the reason why we are saved, while faith is mentioned as the means to salvation, or how we are saved. The emphasis here is on grace rather than faith, as well it should be. We are saved by God’s grace. If it weren’t for that costly grace, our faith or lack of it would be irrelevant. Grace actually means “getting something we don’t deserve.” When this is understood, pride will be no part of our willing response to God’s free gift.