The faith “of” Christ or faith “in” Christ?

3 09 2011

In most of the “newer” bible translations, you find the phrase “faith in the Son of God”. If you look up the same scriptures that contain these phrases in the King James Version, you will see the phrase, “faith of the Son of God”.

It is important to know what the correct translation is because if the correct translation is “in Christ”, and not “of Christ”, then the emphasis is on the believer doing something, on the believers effort. This causes the believer to always “strive” to become to a place of acceptance with God.

Look at this scripture from 2 different translations:

Gal 2:16 GNB Yet we know that a person is put right with God only through faith in Jesus Christ, never by doing what the Law requires. We, too, have believed in Christ Jesus in order to be put right with God through our faith in Christ, and not by doing what the Law requires. For no one is put right with God by doing what the Law requires.

Gal 2:16 KJV 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.

The Law required man’s effort to be Holy and accepted. This leads to condemnation because man always eventually fails through his self effort! 4000 years of biblical history proves this point. But now under grace, we can do nothing in our own strength to please God, because Christ lives in us and we no longer live. It is His power, His wisdom, His righteousness and it is His faith!!! All that we do is to believe in Him, in His faith…..

Rom 3:22, Php 3:9, 1 Tim 1:14, 1 Tim 3:13, 2 Tim 1:13, 2 Tim 3:15

Note: For a detailed study on different translations of the Bible please read go to this link



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