Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
All redemption was all of God and none of us. Redemption means release through payment of a ransom price. The fact that man needed redeemed indicated bondage existed. It was the bondage of sin, sickness, satan, and the curse from Adam’s transgression. Adam’s sin brought the bondage of spiritual death along with all of its bondage upon the human race (Romans 5:12). Part of the function of God giving His Law to Moses was to convince man of his sin and bondage and point to the remedy only God could give through redemption and a Redeemer.
Our redemption was all of grace which was not a joint effort or partnership. It was the total work of God in Christ on our behalf. This is not to imply we are to sit around and do nothing. God made the redemption payment for us but it is of no benefit to us, personally, aside from our faith. It needs to be responded to. Grace is of no benefit to me aside from my faith. Faith will not work in my life unless I understand grace. That means we have to understand the two sides of the truth of our redemption.
God’s side (Grace) versus Man’s side (Faith).
What God initiated by grace versus what Man receives and responds to by faith.
Our standing or position in Christ versus Our state or our practice or condition.
Our holy calling versus Our actual walk.
Chosen in Him before the foundation of the world versus Our choices every day.
Who we are “In Christ” in the spirit versus Who we are “in the natural.”
The result of the work of Christ versus The result of our work & faithfulness.
What becomes ours at salvation versus What becomes our responsibility after salvation.
What is perfect & cannot be improved upon versus What can improve or get worse.
What is the same for every believer versus What Can vary from other believers.
What is wholly based on grace versus What is wholly based on our works for future rewards.
Faith is a response to God’s grace. Faith is not just something that makes your prayers work or that allows you to receive things from God. It is a way of life, it is a life of obedience, obediently and diligently responding to God’s grace. There is a life to be lived works to do now that we have grace. We have to understand, though, that the quality of life and character went in before the name, “Christian,” went on. Now we are to work it out, in practice. For this to happen you must know your spiritual position in Christ, since you have been saved, before you will ever be able to do the practice or act like who you are in Christ.
When we don’t understand these two sides we see imbalance and even error. We often hear grace compared to Law in terms of “The Law says “DO,” but “Grace says, “DONE.” That statement is incomplete. It should be “The Law says, “DO,” but “Grace says, “DONE SO YOU CAN “DO.” Grace empowers us to do what is required or to live up to, or live out God’s standards.