THE FAITH OF CHRIST
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A Bible teacher uses the scriptures to show people truth from God's
holy word. As you know there are many different translations of the
Bible out in the world today. A good Bible teacher can take just about
any one of those translations and lead someone to Christ, teaching them
that Christ died for their sins, was buried, and rose again the third
day, explaining to them that they need to trust Jesus as their Saviour.
But there are some things you cannot teach from just any bible. One
of these is the faith OF Jesus Christ. You will only find this in some
of your older Bibles such as the King James Bible. In Galatians chapter
2, verse 16, it says;
"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
You see, in a King James Bible it says you are justified by the faith
OF Christ. Most other translations take the word "of" and
change it to the word "in". As you can see, when you say,
"faith of Christ," you are talking about Jesus' faith or the
faith that belongs to Jesus. When you say, "faith in Christ,"
you are talking about the believer's faith or the faith that belongs
to the believer. Now here is the big question, "Are you justified
by your faith or are you justified by Jesus' faith?" Let's go to
the scriptures to find the answer.
The first passages of scripture I would like to refer to is in Romans
chapter 3. Notice starting in verse 21 it says;
"21 But 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:"
Notice in verse 22 it says, "the righteousness of God which is
by faith OF Jesus Christ." Keep this in mind as we continue:
"23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is
in Christ Jesus:
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:"
In verse 24 it closes talking about Jesus Christ. Notice in verse 25
it says, "whom God hath set forth," the "whom" it
is talking about is Jesus Christ. "Whom God hath set forth to be
a propitiation through faith in his blood," you see, God set forth
Jesus Christ to be a propitiation through faith in his blood. Jesus
Christ had faith in his own blood. Some people read verse 25 and say
that Jesus Christ became a propitiation (atonement) for the believer
when the believer put his faith in Christ's blood. But to show that
it is talking about Jesus' faith in his own blood, let's go to a verse
in 1st John. In 1st John chapter 2, starting in verse 1 it says:
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that
ye sin not. and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for sins: and not for ours only, but also
for the sins of the whole world."
In verse 2 it says that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and the
sins of the whole world. Here's another question for you. Does the whole
world have faith in his blood? The answer is simply "no".
Then how did Jesus become a propitiation for their sins? The answer
is that Jesus had faith in his own blood. Let's go back to the first
part of Romans chapter 3 verse 25.
"25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through
faith in his blood..."
You see, Jesus Christ, by having faith in his blood became the propitiation
for our sins and the sins of the whole world. To back this up let's
go to Isaiah chapter 53. Throughout this chapter it is talking about
Jesus dying for our sins, notice in verse 11 it says:
53 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:
by HIS knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall
bear their iniquities."
Now this righteous servant which this verse is talking about is definitely
our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Notice midway through the verse
it says, "by HIS knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many:"Question
time again, Are you justified by his knowledge or by your knowledge?
Are you justified by what you know or by what he knows?
You see, Jesus Christ KNEW what his blood would do for you. Jesus Christ
knew his blood would wash away your sins. Jesus Christ had faith in
his blood. So how are you justified? You are justified by the faith
OF Jesus Christ. You are NOT justified by YOUR faith. Your faith can
get you saved, but your faith cannot justify you from your sins. Only
Christ's faith can justify you from your sins.
Also notice in Acts chapter 26 verse 18, Paul is talking to King Agrippa
about when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Jesus said,
"18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness
to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive
forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified
by faith that is in me."
In the last part of the verse it doesn't say "by faith in me"
but it says "by faith that is in me", talking about the faith
that dwells in Jesus, or Jesus' faith, the faith of Christ. In 2nd Timothy
chapter 3 verse 15, Paul tells Timothy:
"15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which
is in Christ Jesus."
Notice in the last part of the verse it does not say "unto salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus," but it says, "unto salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus," saying that salvation
comes through the faith that dwells in Christ, or Christ's faith, the
faith of Christ.
It is by the faith of Jesus Christ that he became the propitiation for
our sins, Romans 3:25. It is by the faith of Jesus Christ that the righteousness
of God is applied to us. Romans 3:22 and Philippians 3:9. It is by the
faith of Jesus Christ whereby we are justified from our sins Galatians
So now we can look on this
chart and see that salvation, propitiation, justification, sanctification,
and forgiveness of sins among other things comes by the faith OF Jesus
Christ, and not by your own. If you could be justified by your faith
then Jesus Christ would not have had to die, as this other
chart indicates. All you would have had to do is have faith in Christ
and you would have been justified. But the Bible says "without
the shedding of blood is no remission of sins." Christ had to die
to pay for our sins, and it is by his faith in his blood we are justified.
Paul said in Galatians chapter 2 verse 20;
"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."
You probably don't ever hear people teaching about the faith of Jesus
Christ, mostly because this is not found in the newer translations.
But you will find it in a King James Bible. I also have an older Catholic
Bible that says faith of Christ in some places but not in others. Even
the New King James Bible changes the word "of" to "in".
Next time you are with a fellow Christian get a King James Bible and
show him the wonderful blessing of being justified by the faith of Jesus