The reason why grace is grace is that the freest will in the universe is God’s. If in salvation man’s will were determinative, if a human being’s will to be saved was the scale-tipper instead of God’s will to save him, then God would ultimately be beholden to His creature’s will. The deciding factor in why He saved the human would be the human’s will, not His own grace.
But I firmly believe, and Scripture confirms for me, that grace is the deciding factor in my salvation. I know I was dead in sin and a slave to Satan, and that it was God’s grace that made me alive together with Christ. And grace is unhindered, un-obligated, totally free favor. For grace to be grace, the hand that bestowed it must have been just as free not to give it as to give it. If the determinative factor were outside the giver, it wouldn’t be gift. It’d be payment.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Praise be to the God who frees bound wills and awakens dead hearts.
Just like any other slave, the human will only gets loosed when a stronger hand breaks the chains.
The will is a slave that the grace of Jesus can make free.
And the fact that it’s in bondage until He does so is one of the reasons we call God’s saving work “grace.”