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    Title: THE FAITH OF CHRIST and OUR FAITH IN CHRIST

    Text: Galatians 3:22-26
    Date: Saturday Morning — March 8, 2008
    Kingsport Sovereign Grace Ministries
    Kingsport, TN
    Rev. Don Fortner

    Introduction: The Scriptures speak to us both about “the faith of Christ” and our “faith in Christ.”

    In Galatians 3:19 Paul tells us that the law of God given at Mt. Sinai was given for a specific, designated period of time. — “It was added because of transgressions till the Seed (Christ) should come to whom the promise (the promise of God’s blessing, grace and salvation) was made.” In verse 21 the apostle assures us that the law of God given at Sinai is not in any way against, or contrary to, God’s covenant promise of salvation by Christ, and that it was never intended to produce righteousness. The law is, as Paul puts it in 2nd Corinthians 3:7, “the ministration of death.” It has nothing to do with life. It cannot produce righteousness. — “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21).
    Now, let’s read Galatians 3:22-26 together. Listen carefully.

    Verse 22 — “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin.” — The whole volume of Holy Scripture and particularly the killing letter of the law of God, declares that all men, all that is in us by nature and all that is done by us, are under the power, dominion and guilt of sin. All the sons and daughters of fallen Adam are defiled, sinful and guilty.

    Paul’s language is inclusive of all things relating to all men. — All the members of our bodies. — All the faculties of souls. — All the thoughts of our minds. — All the emotions of our hearts. — All the intentions of our wills. — All our choices. — All our works. — All our services to God and men. — Even all our best works of righteousness, which are but “filthy rags.” — All are sinful and polluted! The Word of God declares that we are guilty and shuts us up as prisoners under the sentence of death, without hope in ourselves. Now, watch this. That the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” — The promise of life is the promise of eternal life and salvation, of everlasting righteousness and the never ending smile of divine approval. All included in the promise belongs to all who believe.

    It is not our believing that fulfilled God’s covenant promise and brought in that blessed righteousness by which we now stand before him in life. The promise is given to all who believe. But the promise was fulfilled and comes to us “by faith of Jesus Christ.” It was Christ to whom the promise was made as our Surety in the everlasting covenant, upon condition of his obedience unto death as our Substitute. And it is Christ who obtained the promise by his faithful fulfillment of his covenant engagements as our Surety (Hebrews 10:5-14).

    Verse 23 — “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.” — What faith is Paul talking about here? Whose faith is this? Is it yours? Is it mine? The faith that came by which we were delivered from the curse of God’s holy law, by which we were justified, is “the faith of Jesus Christ” spoken of in verse 22.

    It is this, “the faith of Jesus Christ,” that is revealed to us by the gospel. We are shut up to Christ, the faith that is now revealed in the gospel. Our faith in Christ is not revealed to us, it is given to us and worked in us by the mighty operations of God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:19-20; 2:8-9; Colossians 1:12). It is Christ (“the faith of Christ”) who is revealed.

    When God the Holy Spirit comes to chosen, redeemed sinners in the saving power of his omnipotent grace, he convinces them of all that Christ accomplished by his faithful obedience as our Substitute. When he reveals Christ in a person he convinces him that his sin has been put away by Christ’s atonement, that righteousness has been brought in by Christ’s obedience, and that justice has been satisfied by Christ’s blood (John 16:8-11). And the sinner, being convinced of these things, trusts Christ. Now read verse 24.

    Verse 24 — “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” — Be sure to note that our translators put the words “to bring us” in italicized letters to call our attention to the fact that these words were added by them to make the sentence read more smoothly and that there are no corresponding words in the original language of the text. So verse 24 should really read, — “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster unto (or until) Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

    It was the law’s purpose, like a schoolmaster, to direct God’s elect to Christ and make sure they get to Christ. The law was our schoolmaster until Christ came and fulfilled it by his faithful obedience to it and satisfaction of it. Once that was done the schoolmaster’s service ended (Romans 10:4).

    Now that the righteousness of the law has been fulfilled by Christ’s obedience in life as our Representative and the justice of the law has been fulfilled by Christ’s satisfaction in his death (Romans 4:25), we can be and are “justified by faith.” Because justification has been accomplished by Christ in the court of heaven we can now be justified in the court of our own consciences by faith in Christ.

    Faith looks away from self to Christ, and looking to Christ, we see our justification fully accomplished in him and are justified by him. Trusting Christ, we receive complete, final, full justification in him and have peace with God in him “by whom we have now received the atonement(Romans 4:25-5:12, 18).

    (Romans 4:25) “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
    (Romans 5:1-12) “Therefore being justified, by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (12) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
    (Romans 5:18) “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

    Verse 25 — “But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” — Since faith has come, that is to say, since Christ has come, we are no longer under the law.

    Verse 26 — “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” — Obviously, just as it is in the case of justification, our faith in Christ does not cause God to adopt us as his children. That was done in eternal election (Ephesians1:3-6). Rather, our faith in Christ is the fruit and evidence of our adoption (Galatians 4:6-7) just as it is the fruit and evidence of our justification.

    (Galatians 4:4-7) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (7) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

    Our faith in Christ is the assurance of our adoption as the children of God. Believing on the Son of God, we stand before God with the confident assurance that we are justified, accepted in Christ, the children of God, “heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

    THE FAITH OF CHRIST
    The Scriptures declare that we are “justified by faith of Jesus Christ.” That means that our justification was totally accomplished by Christ, that it was accomplished outside our experience, altogether without us, by the faith (faithful obedience) of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Substitute.

    Paul uses this phrase, “the faith of Christ,SEVEN TIMES in his writings (Romans 3:22; Galatians 2:16, 20; 3:22; Ephesians 3:12; Philippians 3:9). Every time he speaks of justification accomplished for us, this is the phrase he uses. Let me show you.

    (Romans 3:22) “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
    (Galatians 2:16) “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
    (Galatians 2:20) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
    (Galatians 3:22) “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”
    (Ephesians 3:12) “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”
    (Philippians 3:9) “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

    We have been conditioned to think of faith only in connection with ourselves. We believe in Christ. We trust the Son of God. “He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life.” When we read in the Book of God about “the faith of Christ” we automatically think, “That must just be an odd way of saying ‘faith in Christ.’”

    CORRECT TRANSLATION
    That is exactly what the vast majority of the commentaries do with this phrase. They tell us, the words, “faith of Christ,” really mean “faith in Christ.” These words, “the faith of Christ,” are commonly treated as though they were a mistranslation of the Greek text; but they are not a mistranslation. I have checked everyone of them carefully. Our translation is correct. Yet, almost every modern English translation (You know, those “great improvements” upon the old, archaic King James Version) mistranslates this phrase and makes it read, “faith in Christ.” I do not think that the mistranslations were made accidentally!

    We are told by the commentators and led by the modern translations to believe that the phrase is really just an odd way of saying “faith in Christ” and that it really refers to our faith in Christ. Such recklessness in handling the Word of God, be it deliberate or otherwise, completely alters the meaning of Holy Scripture.

    CLEAR DISTINCTION
    When Paul speaks of our faith in Christ and of the faith of Christ as distinct things, the distinction is clear and unmistakable. When he speaks of our faith it is obvious (Romans 3:25, 28; 4:5; Galatians 3:26; Colossians 1:4). There’s no ambiguity at all.

    (Romans 3:25) “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
    (Romans 3:28) “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
    (Romans 4:5) “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
    (Galatians 3:26) “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
    (Colossians 1:4) “Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints.”

    In these and the dozens of other passages like them, there is no question about whose faith Paul is referring to. He is talking about our faith. And when he draws a distinction between our faith in Christ and the faith of Christ, the distinction is equally obvious (Romans 3:21-22; Galatians 2:15-16; 3:22; Philippians 3:9).

    (Romans 3:21-22) “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
    (Galatians 2:15-16) “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, (16) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
    (Galatians 3:22) “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”
    (Philippians 3:9) “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

    to be continued:

  • #2
    BOTH VITAL
    Paul is not simply declaring our faith in Christ twice in the same sentences, just in different ways. He is not being redundant. Not at all! When he speaks of “the faith of Jesus Christ” he is talking about Christ’s faith. When he speaks of our faith in Christ, he is talking about our faith. Both are vital. We could never be saved by our faith in Christ, were it not for the faith of Christ; and we can never be saved by the faith of Christ until we have faith in Christ. Yes, we must have faith in Christ; and our faith in Christ is the result of “the faith of Christ” as our Savior in this world.

    OUR FAITHFUL SURETY
    The faith of Jesus Christ” — What exactly does that mean? When the Holy Spirit speaks about “the faith of Jesus Christ” he is referring to our Savior’s faithful performance of all the Father’s will as our covenant Surety, Substitute and Redeemer.

    • “The faith of Jesus Christ” refers to our Savior’s fidelity as Jehovah’s righteous Servant.
    • It speaks of his faithful performance in our place, as our Substitute, of all that was necessary for the salvation of God’s elect.
    • “The faith of Jesus Christ” refers to his faithfulness in accomplishing all that which the Father trusted to his hands as our Mediator (Ephesians 1:12).

    FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS
    When the Word of God speaks about “the faith of Christ,” the word “faith” speaks both of our Savior’s trust in God as the perfect man and of his faithfulness to God as his Servant. It speaks not only of trust, but also of loyalty and fidelity. We see a clear example of the word faith being used this way in Romans 3:3-4.

    (Romans 3:3-4) “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (4) God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

    When Paul speaks here of “the faith of God,” it is obvious that he is referring to the truth, veracity, fidelity and faithfulness of God. In fact, the word commonly translated “faith” in the New Testament is translated “fidelity” in Titus 2:10.

    (Titus 2:10) “Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”

    When Paul here exhorts servants to be faithful in all things to their masters, “showing all good fidelity,” the word could be translated, “showing all good faith.” It is in this sense that he uses the phrase “the faith of Jesus Christ.” Our justification was accomplished and eternal redemption was obtained for us by Christ’s faithfulness in doing all that he came here to do for us, according to the will of God (Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 10:1-14).

    (Matthew 1:21) “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
    (Hebrews 10:1-14) “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (3) But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. (4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (5) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. (7) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. (8) Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; (9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. (10) By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (11) And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (12) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (13) From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

    OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER
    As portrayed in the book of Ruth, the Lord Jesus Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer. As Boaz did for Ruth all that she could not do for herself, what we could not do for ourselves Christ has done for us as our Substitute and Savior, as out Kinsman Redeemer. He took our place before the law of God, assumed total responsibility for us, obeyed the law perfectly, bringing in everlasting righteousness and died under the penalty of the law, satisfying all its holy demands by his death upon the cursed tree, when he was made to be sin for us.

    Redemption, as described in the law and illustrated in the book of Ruth, required two things on the part of the redeemer. First, the redeemer had to be able and willing to redeem. Second, he had to faithfully perform all that was required by the law to buy back the lost inheritance of his needy kinsman.

    The one needing redemption was totally dependent upon the faithfulness of the kinsman redeemer for deliverance. Ruth laid herself down at Boaz’s feet, looking to him alone for everything her soul required. And she found all in him. He would not rest until he had performed the thing.

    So it was with us! The debt and penalty of our sins was one from which we could not escape. The righteousness required by God’s holy law we could not perform. — “By the works of the law shall no flesh be justified!” None of our works, no matter how well intentioned, no matter how well performed, can propitiate God’s justice and justify us in his sight. We desperately need and must have a Redeemer, One who is able and willing to do everything required by God’s holy law and justice for us. We must have a Redeemer who is able and willing, but more, — We must have a Redeemer who has actually stepped out onto the stage of time and faithfully performed all the work for us. “Behold the Man!” — Here is our mighty Boaz, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Galatians 4:4-5).

    (Galatians 4:4-5) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

    Thanks be to God for “the faith of Jesus Christ” and the redemption, justification and salvation he accomplished by his faithfulness as our Substitute and Surety!

    THE VERSES
    Look at the passages in which Paul uses this tremendous phrase — “The faith of Jesus Christ,” and rejoice in the glorious good news of the gospel — redemption obtained and justification accomplished by the faithful obedience of Christ as the sinner’s Substitute.

    (Romans 3:21-22) “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
    (Galatians 2:15-16) “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, (16) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
    (Galatians 3:22) “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”
    (Philippians 3:9) “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

    FREE SALVATION
    The “righteousness of God,” justification, the promise of justification unto eternal life, does not come and could never come through something we do. Never! — “Salvation is of the Lord!” It has been accomplished and comes to sinners by “the faith of Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:11-12; 3:8-12). It costs our Savior dear; but the salvation he gives is a totally free salvation.

    (Ephesians 1:11-12) “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (12) That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
    (Ephesians 3:8-12) “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; (9) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: (10) To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, (11) According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (12) In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

    By Christ’s faithful obedience unto death in our room and stead, every sinner who trusts him has been made completely worthy of God’s everlasting approval in heaven’s eternal glory, and shall have it. Let us give thanks to our great God for such grace by such a Savior (Colossians 1:12-14).

    (Colossians 1:11-14) “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (12) Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: (13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

    The life we now have and enjoy in Christ, that eternal life, which is God’s free gift to us, comes to us “by the faith of the Son of God(Galatians 2:19-20).

    (Galatians 2:19-20) “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. (20) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

    OUR FAITH IN CHRIST
    Does all of this mean that sinners must not be called upon to believe in Christ? Does this mean that “faith in Christ” is unnecessary? Not at all! Our “faith in Christ” is every bit as necessary for our eternal salvation as “the faith of Christ” as our Savior. The Scriptures speak just as often and just as forcefully about our “faith in Christ” as they do of “the faith of Christ” (Acts 3:16; 24:24; Romans 3:25; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 2:5).

    (Acts 3:16) “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
    (Acts 24:24) “And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.”
    (Romans 3:25) “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
    (Galatians 3:26) “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
    (Ephesians 1:15) “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints.”
    (Colossians 1:4) “Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,”
    (Colossians 2:5) “For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”

    I call upon you now to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do so with this word from God Almighty to you. — Are you listening? — This is a sure thing. — This is a lead pipe synch. — “He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life.” I say to you exactly what Paul said to the Philippian jailor, when he came trembling and fell down at Paul’s feet, crying, “What must I do to be saved?” — “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!

    If you trust Christ, you now live “by the faith of the Son of God” who loved you and gave himself for you. You have redemption, righteousness, justification, and eternal life. You have everything included in that magnificently huge word – “SALVATION!” It was all obtained for you by “the faith of Jesus Christ.” Even your faith in him, and mine, were obtained for us by “the faith of Jesus Christ.” No wonder Paul speaks as he does in 1st Corinthians 1:30-31.

    (1 Cor 1:30-31) “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

    Amen.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RogerW View Post
      BOTH VITAL
      Paul is not simply declaring our faith in Christ twice in the same sentences, just in different ways. He is not being redundant. Not at all! When he speaks of “the faith of Jesus Christ” he is talking about Christ’s faith. When he speaks of our faith in Christ, he is talking about our faith. Both are vital. We could never be saved by our faith in Christ, were it not for the faith of Christ; and we can never be saved by the faith of Christ until we have faith in Christ. Yes, we must have faith in Christ; and our faith in Christ is the result of “the faith of Christ” as our Savior in this world.

      OUR FAITHFUL SURETY
      The faith of Jesus Christ” — What exactly does that mean? When the Holy Spirit speaks about “the faith of Jesus Christ” he is referring to our Savior’s faithful performance of all the Father’s will as our covenant Surety, Substitute and Redeemer.

      • “The faith of Jesus Christ” refers to our Savior’s fidelity as Jehovah’s righteous Servant.
      • It speaks of his faithful performance in our place, as our Substitute, of all that was necessary for the salvation of God’s elect.
      • “The faith of Jesus Christ” refers to his faithfulness in accomplishing all that which the Father trusted to his hands as our Mediator (Ephesians 1:12).

      FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS
      When the Word of God speaks about “the faith of Christ,” the word “faith” speaks both of our Savior’s trust in God as the perfect man and of his faithfulness to God as his Servant. It speaks not only of trust, but also of loyalty and fidelity. We see a clear example of the word faith being used this way in Romans 3:3-4.

      (Romans 3:3-4) “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (4) God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

      When Paul speaks here of “the faith of God,” it is obvious that he is referring to the truth, veracity, fidelity and faithfulness of God. In fact, the word commonly translated “faith” in the New Testament is translated “fidelity” in Titus 2:10.

      (Titus 2:10) “Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”

      When Paul here exhorts servants to be faithful in all things to their masters, “showing all good fidelity,” the word could be translated, “showing all good faith.” It is in this sense that he uses the phrase “the faith of Jesus Christ.” Our justification was accomplished and eternal redemption was obtained for us by Christ’s faithfulness in doing all that he came here to do for us, according to the will of God (Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 10:1-14).

      (Matthew 1:21) “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
      (Hebrews 10:1-14) “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (3) But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. (4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (5) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. (7) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. (8) Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; (9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. (10) By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (11) And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (12) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (13) From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

      OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER
      As portrayed in the book of Ruth, the Lord Jesus Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer. As Boaz did for Ruth all that she could not do for herself, what we could not do for ourselves Christ has done for us as our Substitute and Savior, as out Kinsman Redeemer. He took our place before the law of God, assumed total responsibility for us, obeyed the law perfectly, bringing in everlasting righteousness and died under the penalty of the law, satisfying all its holy demands by his death upon the cursed tree, when he was made to be sin for us.

      Redemption, as described in the law and illustrated in the book of Ruth, required two things on the part of the redeemer. First, the redeemer had to be able and willing to redeem. Second, he had to faithfully perform all that was required by the law to buy back the lost inheritance of his needy kinsman.

      The one needing redemption was totally dependent upon the faithfulness of the kinsman redeemer for deliverance. Ruth laid herself down at Boaz’s feet, looking to him alone for everything her soul required. And she found all in him. He would not rest until he had performed the thing.

      So it was with us! The debt and penalty of our sins was one from which we could not escape. The righteousness required by God’s holy law we could not perform. — “By the works of the law shall no flesh be justified!” None of our works, no matter how well intentioned, no matter how well performed, can propitiate God’s justice and justify us in his sight. We desperately need and must have a Redeemer, One who is able and willing to do everything required by God’s holy law and justice for us. We must have a Redeemer who is able and willing, but more, — We must have a Redeemer who has actually stepped out onto the stage of time and faithfully performed all the work for us. “Behold the Man!” — Here is our mighty Boaz, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Galatians 4:4-5).

      (Galatians 4:4-5) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

      Thanks be to God for “the faith of Jesus Christ” and the redemption, justification and salvation he accomplished by his faithfulness as our Substitute and Surety!

      THE VERSES
      Look at the passages in which Paul uses this tremendous phrase — “The faith of Jesus Christ,” and rejoice in the glorious good news of the gospel — redemption obtained and justification accomplished by the faithful obedience of Christ as the sinner’s Substitute.

      (Romans 3:21-22) “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
      (Galatians 2:15-16) “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, (16) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
      (Galatians 3:22) “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”
      (Philippians 3:9) “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

      FREE SALVATION
      The “righteousness of God,” justification, the promise of justification unto eternal life, does not come and could never come through something we do. Never! — “Salvation is of the Lord!” It has been accomplished and comes to sinners by “the faith of Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:11-12; 3:8-12). It costs our Savior dear; but the salvation he gives is a totally free salvation.

      (Ephesians 1:11-12) “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (12) That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
      (Ephesians 3:8-12) “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; (9) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: (10) To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, (11) According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (12) In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

      By Christ’s faithful obedience unto death in our room and stead, every sinner who trusts him has been made completely worthy of God’s everlasting approval in heaven’s eternal glory, and shall have it. Let us give thanks to our great God for such grace by such a Savior (Colossians 1:12-14).

      (Colossians 1:11-14) “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (12) Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: (13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

      The life we now have and enjoy in Christ, that eternal life, which is God’s free gift to us, comes to us “by the faith of the Son of God(Galatians 2:19-20).

      (Galatians 2:19-20) “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. (20) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

      OUR FAITH IN CHRIST
      Does all of this mean that sinners must not be called upon to believe in Christ? Does this mean that “faith in Christ” is unnecessary? Not at all! Our “faith in Christ” is every bit as necessary for our eternal salvation as “the faith of Christ” as our Savior. The Scriptures speak just as often and just as forcefully about our “faith in Christ” as they do of “the faith of Christ” (Acts 3:16; 24:24; Romans 3:25; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 2:5).

      (Acts 3:16) “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
      (Acts 24:24) “And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.”
      (Romans 3:25) “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
      (Galatians 3:26) “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
      (Ephesians 1:15) “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints.”
      (Colossians 1:4) “Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,”
      (Colossians 2:5) “For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”

      I call upon you now to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do so with this word from God Almighty to you. — Are you listening? — This is a sure thing. — This is a lead pipe synch. — “He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life.” I say to you exactly what Paul said to the Philippian jailor, when he came trembling and fell down at Paul’s feet, crying, “What must I do to be saved?” — “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!

      If you trust Christ, you now live “by the faith of the Son of God” who loved you and gave himself for you. You have redemption, righteousness, justification, and eternal life. You have everything included in that magnificently huge word – “SALVATION!” It was all obtained for you by “the faith of Jesus Christ.” Even your faith in him, and mine, were obtained for us by “the faith of Jesus Christ.” No wonder Paul speaks as he does in 1st Corinthians 1:30-31.

      (1 Cor 1:30-31) “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

      Amen.
      The faith of Christ is the Gospel.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Butch5 View Post
        The faith of Christ is the Gospel.
        Would you mind elaborating a bit Butch?

        Many Blessings,
        RW

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        • #5
          Saving faith is not given to people. Yes, without the faithful obedience of Christ to finish what He came to do by dying on the cross for the sins of the whole world, no one could be saved. But scripture does not teach that "the faith of Christ" is irresistibly infused in the few who are chosen by the power of the Holy Spirit and then we proceed to automatically or naturally repent and believe in Him. Scripture teaches that God desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4). God wants all people to repent (Acts 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9). Jesus Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world and not just a few chosen ones.

          The reason that not all are saved despite God desiring all to repent and be saved is that God has given people the responsibility to choose who to give their lives and their allegiance to. Joshua indicated that people have the choice of who they wish to serve, whether it's the LORD or a false god (Joshua 24:15). The fact is that many choose to deny Christ.

          2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

          Now, do these people who deny and reject Christ do so because they have no ability to accept Him? No. Christ wouldn't have died for them if they had no ability to repent and believe in Him. People reject Him because they are not willing to turn from their sins and submit to Him as their Lord and Savior. It isn't that they can not, it's that they will not.

          Matt 22
          1And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
          3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

          Matt 23
          37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
          38Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

          Acts 18
          5 When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
          6 But
          when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

          Notice that last passage. Why would it be necessary to reason with people to persuade them to believe the truth of the gospel if people had no choice in the matter? If people did not have any willful choice in the matter then no amount of reasoning could persuade them to believe the truth and therefore reasoning with people would be a waste of time. Also, notice that it was the Spirit who compelled Paul to preach to those people. Did the Spirit not want them to accept the gospel? Did the Spirit have Paul preach to them without giving them the ability to choose to respond favorably to the message? If so, then what a colossal waste of time! But that was not the case. These people were being called to salvation and they willingly chose to reject it. Again, it was not because they could not accept it, but because they would not accept it.

          But, again, scripture doesn't teach that people are just suddenly given saving faith out of the blue which leads them to repent and believe in Christ. God's way of reasoning with people and persuading them to believe the truth is through the preaching of the gospel along with the convicting work of the Spirit. While those are obviously powerful forces at work on the hearts and consciences of people, it does not mean that it is irresistible. I showed a few examples of people resisting the call and there are several others.

          Many are called, but few are chosen (Matt 20:16, Matt 22:14). God doesn't call people who are not able to respond with faith and repentance. That would not make any sense. Yet many who He calls do not answer the call and they willingly reject it. That is by their own free will choice. If they had no ability to choose then why would their rejection of the gospel be on their own heads? How could someone be responsible for not doing something they are not given the ability to do? How could people be condemned for not believing in Christ (John 3:18) if they never have the ability to believe in Christ? That would make no sense whatsoever. People are condemned for not believing in Christ because that was their own willful choice and they are held responsible for making that decision.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mikey0
            RogerW,

            I was reading your post with amazement because rarely do we hear of the faith OF Christ. It was nice for someone to understand that the faith OF Christ is the saving faith. Great presentation of the gospel.

            However I do have to disagree with the statement that our faith plays a part in our salvation. Our faith (if we have saving faith that is) is a result of salvation and not a cause of. The only faith that can save is Jesus Christ's faith as you pointed out. The bible does command us all to believe but as you stated in your post it is sin tainted and therefore unacceptable to God. Faith from us is a work that we do and as such cannot save us nor help in our salvation in any way. Remember Eph 2:8-9

            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.

            If the bible commands us to believe (which it does) then that then is the law. Everything in the bible is the law. Since it is a law and if we try to obey that law thinking that it will aid on our salvation, we are putting ourselves under the law. And as such placing ourselves in debt to do the whole law perfectly. Gal 5:3

            For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

            Jam 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.

            Our faith cannot save nor does it help in salvation. If one thinks we can contribute in any way to our salvation, we are in effect robbing God. How? By robbing Him of some of His glory which doesn't belong to us but to Him only.

            Jhn 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

            Those verses are speaking of the law of Moses. Faith in Christ is not part of the law of Moses. To say that "everything in the Bible is the law" is, well, unbiblical. You certainly have no scripture stating as such.

            And, you are taking John 10:1 out of context. In that verse, Jesus is saying that He is the one who enters by the door into the sheepfold and anyone who came before Him is a thief and a robber. Later, He says that He is the door of the sheep. Everyone else who tried to lay claim as being the Messiah or the Savior were thieves and robbers and the sheep who knew Christ was the true Messiah did not follow them.

            John 10
            1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
            2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
            3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
            4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
            5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
            6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
            7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
            8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
            9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

            Nowhere in this passage does it say anything about our faith not being a factor in salvation. But, don't worry, you're not the only one who has misunderstood this parable. Even the disciples didn't understand it when they heard it (verse 6). But we have the benefit of being able to read Jesus' explanation of it.

            Notice verse 9. We are required to enter in the door in order to be saved. That means we are required to put our faith and trust in Christ in order to be saved.

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            • #7
              Hi Roger!

              Thanks for posting this.

              It is something that the Lord has been laying on my heart quite a lot recently. This post has helped confirm, and clarify my understanding.

              Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

              1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

              2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
              2Co 13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

              2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

              I pray that you also Keep the faith!!

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              • #8
                Roger, there is "one" faith.

                Eph 4:4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

                Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

                Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.


                If a person is in the Body of Christ, the person has the same faith as Christ did, the ONE faith.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mikey0
                  RogerW,
                  I was reading your post with amazement because rarely do we hear of the faith OF Christ. It was nice for someone to understand that the faith OF Christ is the saving faith. Great presentation of the gospel.
                  Greetings MikeyO,

                  I couldn't agree more. Understanding the faith OF Christ is saving faith, is seldom heard today. I certainly cannot take credit for this sermon that was given on a Sunday morning by Rev Don Fortner.

                  I think much of the reason there is such lack of understanding whose faith saves us, is because the mistranlation of "of" to "in" in virtually all the modern Bible translations. The only translations that have faithfully translated "faith of Christ" come from those translations using the Textus Receptus or Received Text. Of course most popular among these is our King James Bible, which has been discarded by so many as being too archaic, and not as easy to read as the modern versions.

                  Originally posted by Mikey0
                  However I do have to disagree with the statement that our faith plays a part in our salvation. Our faith (if we have saving faith that is) is a result of salvation and not a cause of. The only faith that can save is Jesus Christ's faith as you pointed out. The bible does command us all to believe but as you stated in your post it is sin tainted and therefore unacceptable to God. Faith from us is a work that we do and as such cannot save us nor help in our salvation in any way. Remember Eph 2:8-9

                  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.

                  If the bible commands us to believe (which it does) then that then is the law. Everything in the bible is the law. Since it is a law and if we try to obey that law thinking that it will aid on our salvation, we are putting ourselves under the law. And as such placing ourselves in debt to do the whole law perfectly. Gal 5:3

                  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

                  Jam 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.

                  Our faith cannot save nor does it help in salvation. If one thinks we can contribute in any way to our salvation, we are in effect robbing God. How? By robbing Him of some of His glory which doesn't belong to us but to Him only.

                  Jhn 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
                  I completely agree that our faith cannot save and that it does not even help in our salvation. I knew the sermon made this questionable, but I felt Rev Fortner had done such an excellent job of making the distinction between saving faith, and our work of faith that it should be posted regardless of its weakness.

                  I'm glad that you appreciate the post, and it is really great to know that others have also come to understand how our faith works, and Whose faith saves us.

                  Many Blessings,
                  RW

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Partaker of Christ View Post
                    Hi Roger!

                    Thanks for posting this.

                    It is something that the Lord has been laying on my heart quite a lot recently. This post has helped confirm, and clarify my understanding.

                    Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

                    1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

                    2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
                    2Co 13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

                    2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

                    I pray that you also Keep the faith!!
                    Greetings Partaker,

                    I'm glad the sermon by Rev Fortner helped you to better understand the faith that saves belongs to Christ, and our work of faith after salvation. I pray that you too will keep the faith.

                    Many Blessings,
                    RW

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Teke View Post
                      Roger, there is "one" faith.

                      Eph 4:4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

                      Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

                      Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.


                      If a person is in the Body of Christ, the person has the same faith as Christ did, the ONE faith.
                      Greetings Teke,

                      I agree there is one faith, and that is the faith of Christ that first and foremost saves His people, then there is a work of faith that every believer is given through the power of the Word and the Holy Spirit. Even our work of faith, done through the power of the Holy Spirit, is truly the One Faith (His) working in and through us. We claim this faith, and it is called our faith, but it would not exist apart from the one true, saving faith OF Christ.

                      Many Blessings,
                      RW

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RogerW View Post
                        Would you mind elaborating a bit Butch?

                        Many Blessings,
                        RW
                        Elaborate on what? The faith of Jesus Christ is the gospel, it is the message He came to preach. When we speak of the faith of Jesus Christ, we are speaking of His teachings. It's just like if we as Christians say, we are of the faith. What is "the faith"? It is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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                        • #13
                          Can someone please tell me, Why in the world would Jesus need to have faith in anything?

                          Hebrews 11:1 ( KJV ) 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                          What does Jesus hope for? What is there that Jesus has not seen?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Butch5 View Post
                            Elaborate on what? The faith of Jesus Christ is the gospel, it is the message He came to preach. When we speak of the faith of Jesus Christ, we are speaking of His teachings. It's just like if we as Christians say, we are of the faith. What is "the faith"? It is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
                            Butch,

                            The faith of Jesus Christ is revealed to us in the gospel. When a Christian says he is of "the faith" he is of the faith of Jesus Christ as revealed to him through the gospel.

                            Many Blessings,
                            RW

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Butch5 View Post
                              Can someone please tell me, Why in the world would Jesus need to have faith in anything?

                              Hebrews 11:1 ( KJV ) 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                              What does Jesus hope for? What is there that Jesus has not seen?
                              The answer to your question is found in the sermon above.

                              The faith of Jesus Christ” — What exactly does that mean? When the Holy Spirit speaks about “the faith of Jesus Christ” he is referring to our Savior’s faithful performance of all the Father’s will as our covenant Surety, Substitute and Redeemer.

                              • “The faith of Jesus Christ” refers to our Savior’s fidelity as Jehovah’s righteous Servant.
                              • It speaks of his faithful performance in our place, as our Substitute, of all that was necessary for the salvation of God’s elect.
                              • “The faith of Jesus Christ” refers to his faithfulness in accomplishing all that which the Father trusted to his hands as our Mediator (Ephesians 1:12).

                              FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS
                              When the Word of God speaks about “the faith of Christ,” the word “faith” speaks both of our Savior’s trust in God as the perfect man and of his faithfulness to God as his Servant. It speaks not only of trust, but also of loyalty and fidelity. We see a clear example of the word faith being used this way in Romans 3:3-4.

                              (Romans 3:3-4) “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (4) God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

                              When Paul speaks here of “the faith of God,” it is obvious that he is referring to the truth, veracity, fidelity and faithfulness of God. In fact, the word commonly translated “faith” in the New Testament is translated “fidelity” in Titus 2:10.

                              (Titus 2:10) “Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”
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                              Faith - pistis
                              G4102 in KJVSL
                              pistiV pistis pis'-tis
                              from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

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