Believing isn’t doing something. It’s having something. It’s being in possession of something. We can see this easily. When you believe that snow is white, what are you doing? You’re not doing anything. Rather, you are simply such that you have a particular attitude to the proposition generally expressed (in English) by “snow is white.” Likewise, when it comes to your being saved, your being forgiven by God, your being declared, righteous and not guilty before Him, your no longer being an object of God’s wrath, your being set aside for God’s good pleasure, all this and more is a result of your doing nothing and Christ’s doing everything. His flawless life, His perfect sacrifice, His innocent suffering, His victory is your gain. You are saved from beginning to end by God’s wholly unmerited favor towards you through doing nothing. Nothing. Nothing. No “buts”; your doing nothing. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are saved by undeserved favor through something that is not of yourself. Your salvation, no part of it, not the initiating, not the sustaining, is a result of your doing (or not doing) anything. None of it. It is not of yourself. Because of your doing nothing, you will enjoy everything through Jesus Christ. Amen.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Ephesians 1:13-14 NASB