Often missed, but nonetheless taught, in the oft quoted words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:8-9 is the scriptural truth that saving faith is â€œthe gift of God.â€ Contrary to popular belief, saving faith is not something we can work up within ourselves. Instead, it is something God must give to us.
In Romans 10:17, Paul explains how saving faith is graciously granted to us by God. According to Paul, â€œFaith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.â€ The Greek word Paul uses for â€œwordâ€ in Romans 10:17 is not the Greek word â€œlogos,â€ which means â€œwritten word,â€ but â€œrhema,â€ which means â€œspoken word.â€ The incredible truth Paul is teaching us in this verse is that Godâ€™s written Wordâ€”the Bibleâ€”must be quickened (made alive) to our hearts by being personally spoken to us by Godâ€™s Spirit. Then, and only then, will saving faith be born in our hearts, enabling us to come to Christ by faith and be saved.