Ephesians 2 : 8 - 8

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Ephesians 2:8 say “For by grace you have been saved through faith, this is not you own doing; it is the gift of God.” We are saved or find salvation through God and God alone because grace is the “undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever present Holy Spirit.” there is nothing that we can do turn earn grace, no amount of good works that can ever wash away who we are as sinners. In fact John Wesley taught that there are no good works apart from and that even the good through ourselves is not truly good. It is by grace alone that we are brought to the knowledge that there is a divide between ourselves and God and that there is a need to turn away from our sin. Prevenient grace calls and when…show more content…
True repentance comes only from the grace of God that moves us toward repentance and faith and it is not something that happens just once, but have repeatedly throughout our lives as we recognize our and turn once again to God for forgiveness. Following repentance the action moves from us to God. We have made the move to repentance aware of our sin and separation and now are asking for God’s forgiveness and acceptance. The granting of forgiveness and acceptance by God are known as justification. This justification by God then initiates regeneration. In regeneration we are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean, and we restored by God the immediate effects of this are the peace that passes all under and unspeakable joy. This is what we would call the point of conversion, the moment we possess faith and what John Wesley called in his own life the moment his heart was strangely warmed. We are new creation and this moment is then marked by baptism or recognition of the baptismal vows for ourselves and taking up ownership of our faith. From that point we begin the journey of sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which graces calls us to move on from the first steps of faith and begin moving toward perfection and much deeper faith in which we are “habitually filled with the love of God and neighbor” and
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