DHK wrote: Ergo, faith is the sinners’ gift to God, ultimately proving all men have the wherewithal to believe on Christ, their faith independent of God’s omnipotent Spirit working in them…..proving Calvinists/Monergists have it all wrong. This unscriptural view is more common than I had originally thought. Upon researching the Internet I discovered several sites which ‘proved’ this errant interpretation by utilizing the rules of Greek grammar as their ‘authority.’ In short, they all agreed that ‘salvation’ was the gift of God referenced in Ephesians 2:8-9. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that [salvation] not of yourselves: it [salvation] is the gift of God: Due to an irreconcilable Greek gender issue ‘faith’ was discounted as being the gift of God referenced. In fact, in all cases the authors stated unequivocally that faith was not a gift of God to man. Arminians, non-Cals and Synergists all concur that man first believes through the power of his free will and then, and only then, God regenerates and saves him. Man must first believe before God’s saving graces can be actuated. It is in chapter 2, verse 5 of Ephesians that Paul first introduces the phrase, ‘by grace are ye saved.’ Even when we were dead in sins, [God] hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) Paul equates regeneration (being ‘born again’) with salvation, and that salvation by grace. Thus, Paul equates regeneration with grace. If regeneration is of grace, which it is, then it is contingent on nothing preceding. For if it was contingent on anything preceding then regeneration would be a reward. If a reward, then it would be grounded in justice……giving man what he rightly deserves, i.e., his faith deserves regeneration. But grace is not a reward man can earn or deserve. Faith, as well as regeneration, must be included in the many gracious gifts God gives to man unto salvation. Ephesians Chapter 1 teaches just that: all the gifts necessary unto salvation are the free gracious gifts of God the Father, faith included. 1. God the Father has blessed us (Christians) with all heavenly spiritual blessings (unto salvation) in Christ. (Verse 3). 2. If ‘all’ actually means ‘all’ than it cannot mean ‘most’, faith excepted, as Arminians teach. Faith must be included as a heavenly spiritual blessing because saving faith must be spiritual, otherwise it is carnal. Carnal faith does not save. Neither is it a blessing. If the origin of all heavenly spiritual blessings is of God the Father, which they are, then their origin cannot, in any sense, be of man……including saving faith. 3. To further solidify the truth that our faith is of divine origin Paul explains that our faith is the result of the same mighty power of God working in us that resurrected Christ from the dead. (Verses 18-20). In summation, Ephesians 1 – 2 teaches salvation is all of grace. All spiritual blessings are of grace. Election is of grace. Predestination unto adoption is of grace. Redemption and forgiveness of sins is of grace. The revelation of His will to save us is of grace. We are the recipients of a heavenly inheritance because of grace. Faith is the result of God’s omnipotent resurrection power effectually working in us. Therefore, our faith is of grace. Ergo, Faith is God’s gift to sinners.