Question: Is faith a gift from God? In two of your books you state it both ways, supporting both with the same scripture reference, Ephesians:2:8. “When God gives the faith to know for certain that He is going to grant our request...only then can we believe that we receive [it] from Him” (In Defense of the Faith, p. 185). But in What Love is This? on page 361 you say, “...the subject of the preceding seven verses is salvation, not faith....It is not saving faith, but being saved that is God’s gift.” Which is it?
Answer: Just as our life and breath and all that we are comes from Him, faith, too, is a gift from God. There is, however, a special gift of faith which causes us to know beyond any doubt that God will answer a particular prayer. Ordinarily, we can only pray “according to thy will” and trust Him for the outcome. But there are times when we know by a God-given confidence that a prayer is going to be answered. These are rare occasions—at least in my life. Such faith is not the subject of Ephesians:2:8 and that reference was a bad choice. Thank you for pointing that out.