Gracious Gift of Faith

"That any of us has believed is owing to the mighty work of God's grace - the grace made possible by the blood of Christ. And this blood-bought grace is essential to what makes the good news good.

"In the presence of this gracious gift of faith, God justifies us "by his grace" (Rom. 3:23; Tit. 3:7) and forgives our trespasses "according to the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7) and saves us "through the grace of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 15:11) and "makes all grace abound" to us for every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8) and makes his grace sufficient for all our affliction (2 Cor. 12:9) and enables us "by the grace of God" to work harder than we imagined we could (1 Cor. 15:10) and grants "grace to help in time of need" (Heb 4:16) and gives us "eternal comfort and good hope through grace" (2 Thess. 2:16), so that in the end "the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thess. 1:12).

"In other words, every blessing that comes to redeemed sinners comes on the ground and by the power of God's grace...

"But for the most part, the good things mentioned [here] as essential parts of the gospel are not the final good of the gospel and would not prove to be good for us at all if the unmentioned supreme good were not seen and embraced. That good is God himself seen and savored in all his glory. Focusing on facets of a diamond without seeing the beauty of the whole is demeaning to the diamond. If the hearers of the gospel do not see the glory of Christ, the image of God, in all the events and gifts of the gospel, they do not see what finally makes the gospel good news. If you embrace everything that I have mentioned...about the facets of the gospel, but do it in a way that does not make the glory of God in Christ your supreme treaure, then you have not embraced the gospel.

"Until the gospel events of Good Friday and Easter and the gospel promises of justification and eternal life lead you to behold and embrace God himself as your highest joy, you have not embraced the gospel of God."
John Piper
God Is the Gospel
pp. 36-38