For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Previously we saw that salvation is a blessing of faith. Salvation is a process. There are many things which occur at the moment a person places their faith in Jesus. Sometimes it is easy to get these confused or mistake that some things come at a later time.
Ephesians tells us that faith leads to grace. It is not faith which directly saves us, this would make salvation something that we earned. Because of our faith, we are given God’s grace. It is grace which brings us salvation.
When we teach others about salvation we emphasize faith because it is the human element in salvation. Grace is what makes this effective but teaching grace alone causes problems. Without knowing how to obtain grace, we are left without a means of salvation.
There is a tendency for people to search for grace outside of faith. “Faith is too simple” is the reasoning, so people make it more complicated. Some question their salvation because they have committed terrible sins, before or after they were saved. Others have faith but continue to act as if they must earn their salvation through prayers or works.
God gave us the formula for salvation however. It is a natural progression. Faith causes grace to be given which imparts salvation. Anything else will not bring salvation.