Why is salvation by faith?(Thomas Watson, "Body of Divinity")"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9"Jesus said to the womanYour faith has saved you; go in peace." Luke 7:50Why is salvation by faith?To exclude all glorying in the creature. Faith is ahumble grace. If salvation were by repentance orworks, a man would say, "It is my righteousnesswhich has saved me!" But if it is of faith, where isboasting? Faith fetches all from Christand givesall the glory to Christ!God's believing people are a humble people. "Be clothed with humility." God's people shrink intonothing in their own thoughts. David cries out, "I ama worm, and not a man!" Though a saint, though akingyet a worm! When Moses' face shined, hecovered it with a veil. When God's people shine mostin gracethey are covered with the veil of humility.Abraham the father of the faithful, confesses, "I amnothing but dust and ashes." "God resists the proud."Surely, God will not take to be with Himself in glory,such as whom He resists.God's believing people are a willing people.Though they cannot serve God perfectlythey serveHim willingly. They do not grudge God a little timespent in His worship. They do not murmur at sufferings.They will go through a sea and a wildernessif God calls."Your people shall be a willing people." This spontaneityand willingness is from the attractive power of God'sSpirit. The Spirit does not forcebut sweetly draws thewill. This willingness makes all our services acceptable.God sometimes accepts of willingness without theworkbut never the work without willingness.God's believing people are a consecrated people.They have "holiness to the Lord" written upon them."You are a holy people to the Lord your God." God'speople are separated from the worldand sanctifiedby the Spirit. The priests under the law were not onlyto wash in the laverbut were arrayed with gloriousapparel. This was typical, to show that God's peopleare not only washed from gross sinsbut adornedwith holiness of life. They bear not only God's namebut His image! Holiness is God's stamp; if He doesnot see this stamp upon us, He will not own us forHis believing people.