Is faith the gift of God in Ephesians 2:8-9?

Ephesians 2:8-9 faith a gift of God

Some believe that Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches that faith is a gift of God. But the grammar and context of Ephesians 2 does not support this idea. This post looks at the context of Ephesians 2, and summarizes the five main views on what the gift of God is, before finally explaining what my view is and why.


What does it mean to be dead in sin? Ephesians 2:1-3

Dead in sin

Ephesians 2:1-3 is a favorite text for Calvinists to defend the idea of Total Depravity and total inability. This post shows what Ephesians 2:1-3 means. If Paul really means that those who are dead in sin cannot believe in Jesus, then the rest of his argument in the chapter and the letter become meaningless and senseless.


7 Uses of the word “Dead” in the New Testament

dead in sin

What does the word “dead” mean in the Bible? Does it mean non-existent or unable to act? No. A good synonym for “dead” is “separated.” This study looks at the seven types of death in the Bible and shows how in every case, to be dead is to be separated. Those who are dead can still be quite active in various ways.


Removing the Veil from the Gospel – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

gospel is veiled

Does 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 teach the total inability of humanity? No, it teaches the necessity of the Holy Spirit to understand and live the Gospel. This post looks at 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, which is a key proof text for the Calvinistic teaching of total depravity. We see that it does not say what Calvinists claim.