Here’s an analogy:
Water well (God)
You turning on the faucet or raising the bucket (you having repentance and faith and asking for salvation)
You can do all the awesome cooking works you want in the kitchen or around the well, but the water of saving grace won’t come until you repent and have the faith to turn on the faucet or raise the bucket! Believe, repent, trust, and ask!
Repentance (sorrowful turning toward God away from our sins and self-righteousness) and trusting faith in (toward) Jesus is the means through which the grace of salvation is applied.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
“Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 7:10
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Ah, to drink of the living water by grace through faith!
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