The resources of God’s grace cannot be earned, deserved, or produced by man. They must be freely provided by the Lord. From beginning to end, the saving, rescuing, transforming work of God’s grace is “the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This truth highlights the strategic nature of faith. Only faith accords with grace.“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according tograce.” Faith alone is compatible with grace. Any other approach will not fit with grace.
This marks another profound distinction between law and grace. “Yet the law is not of faith, but ‘The man who doesthem shall live by them'” (Galatians ). The law is aboutperformance. Those who live by the law are left to their own resources to work up a life that measures up to the perfect standards of God. Those who daily put their faith in the Lord Jesus for the issues of life access grace for godly living.
It is God’s will that we live our entire lives by faith (which accesses grace). “The just shall live by faith.” This truth iscomprehensive. It applies to every aspect of our lives. When we arise in the morning, we can entrust the day into the Lord’s care and guidance. As we communicate with ourfamilies, we can depend upon Jesus for love and patience. In our drive to the office, we can pray in faith concerning the opportunities and challenges that may await us. If acrisis develops unexpectedly, we can immediately cry out to the Lord for peace and direction. When times of Bible studyand worship approach, we can exercise faith toward God to make them spiritually genuine and personally effective. Whatever, whenever, whoever, “The just shall live by faith.”