“What an abyss is the grace of God! Who can measure its breadth? Who can fathom its depth? Like all the rest of the divine attributes, it is infinite. God is full of love, for “God is love” (1 John 4:8). God is full of goodness; the very name “God” is short for “good.” Unbounded goodness and love enter into the very essence of the Godhead. It is because “His mercy endureth for ever (Psalm 107:1) that men are not destroyed; because “His compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22) that sinners are brought to Him and forgiven.
“Grace is the first and last moving cause of salvation.”
Remember this or you may fall into error by fixing your minds so much on the faith, which is the channel of salvation that you will forget the grace, which is the fountain and source of faith itself. Faith is the work of God’s grace in us. “No man can say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3). “No man can come unto Me,” said Jesus, “except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44). So that faith, which is coming to Christ, is the result of divine drawing. Grace is the first and last moving cause of salvation. Faith, essential as it is, is only an important part of the machinery which grace employs. We are saved “through faith,” but salvation is “by grace.”
Sound forth those words as with the archangel’s trumpet: “By grace are ye saved” (Ephesians 2:8). What glad tidings for the undeserving!”
C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace, pp. 43-44