Ephesians 2:8-9 For by GRACE are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of FAITH, that it might be by GRACE; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by FAITH into this GRACE wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Faith is to be a way of living life for every Believer (Heb. 10:8, 9). It is not just for getting saved, or at the point of death crossing over into eternity. It has to do with living life every day and it is the answer to every day issues. It is God’s recommended way of living to help us overcome and not be overcome. It is His way to victory that overcomes the things we face in this world (1 Jn. 5:4). Whatever has to do with living life, faith is the way to experience victory.
Since Jesus died and already provided redemption for us according to the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7), exercising New Testament faith is always a RESPONSE to God’s grace. A response is a reaction or a reply to something. That means it is not first but something else came first. Faith is a response to what came first. Faith is a reply to what came first. Faith never comes first but what always comes first is grace. Think of it this way: grace comes first; faith comes second. Grace is what God did through Jesus in redemption; faith is what we do in response to what He did. God moved in grace; we respond in faith. God already initiated a move, an act, a work toward us; it is now our move to respond. Sometimes we’re waiting on God to move but He is waiting on us to respond.
Understanding this order of grace came first and we respond will put peace in your heart where faith is concerned. Why? It is because we don’t ever have to try hard to get God to do something with our faith but instead we respond to what He already did. Knowledge from the Word of His grace of what He did is what we need (Acts 20:32). Faith then gives us access to all of God’s grace.