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Faith of Christ, What is it?

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Faith of Christ

What is faith? You can check the various different dictionaries and see many definitions of faith.  But in the biblical sense faith is simply trusting God and doing whatever He tells us. The word “faith” occurs 247 times in 231 verses in a King James Bible.

We find the faith of Christ, the faith of Jesus Christ or the faith of the son of God 6 times in five verses of a King James Bible (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 2:16; Gal. 2:20; Gal. 3:22 and Phil. 3:9).

We believe that a King James Bible is the Word of God, for it used the best known text from which to translate. See my article on “Why the King James Bible id the Word of God.”

We do not think the New King James is as reliable as the original King James.  In the verse we have listed above, the NKJV changes the word “of Christ” to “in Christ.”

Is there a difference between of and in?  Yes there is. Let’s look at Gal. 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.

In this verse we see faith of Christ and faith in Christ in the verse. Man is justified by the faith of Christ if we believe in Jesus Christ. The analogy is that the works of the law will not justify anyone, only the faith of Christ can do that; which, by the way, was a work performed by Christ.

What was the work, death on the cross? Jesus Christ had faith that God would resurrected from the grave if willing died. That, my friends, is the faith of Christ. Christ willing did a work for us and became a sacrifice for sin, and His Father fulfilled His promise to resurrect the Lord Jesus.

The NKJV changes the word of and inserts the word in. This is how it reads: Gal. 2: 16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by (the) faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by (the) faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

The word “the” is removed and the word “of” is changed to in. What the NKJV is telling me is my faith in Jesus justifies me.  In other words my faith is contrasted with the works of the law and the works of the law does not justify me it is what I do that does.

In this scenario, what Christ did onCalvaryis replace with my faith in Jesus Christ. Was Christ’s blood for remission of sins, or was it my faith in Christ for remission of sins.

It was Christ’s blood being shed onCalvarythat justifies me. That work of Christ is being contrasted with the works of the Law, which at one point in time justified a believer.

Case in point: baptism was a work which one had to do for remission of sins. That work has been superseded by the work Christ did on the cross.

What about the NIV? How do they translate Galatians 2:16? Here it is: “know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”

Boy oh boy!

The King James Bible says: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ

The NIV says: know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.

The King James Bible says: 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 NIV says: So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”

Translations do make a difference.  Make sure you are using the real Word of God that you will get when you read a King James Bible.

We are living in the Age of Grace and salvation is by the grace of God, not of works lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9). However, works was part of salvation in past dispensations.

Justification and faith in the Old Testament

If God said kill an animal and bring it to the altar as a sacrifice and I will forgive your sins, what would faith do? Kill the animal, right?

If God said build an arc and I will save you, what would faith do? Faith would build an arc.

If God said be circumcised and I will save you, faith would be circumcised.

Justification in the Old Testament was doing whatever work God said do. Man had to perform the work (have faith) and God would justify the man of faith.

Justification and faith in Mathew, Mark, Luke and John

Question: did the dispensation of grace begin with the coming of the Lord? John 1: 17 states: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

We obtain grace through Jesus Christ, but the Dispensation of Grace did not come until quite a after he was resurrected.

Justification in the four Gospels before the death of Christ was water baptism, as it was after Christ’s resurrection. Acts 2:38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

So if God said, “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” Faith would do just that.

The following are the works performed for justification:

  1. The animal sacrifice of Abel,
  2. The building of the arc by Noah,
  3. The getting circumcised by Abraham and,
  4. The baptism for remission of sins of Peter.

The present dispensation

God has always dealt in grace in every time period, but this is the only time period God has not required man to perform a work for justification.

Ephesians 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.

In this present dispensation justification is by the blood of Christ, it is by His faith.

♦     Jesus had faith God, his father, would restore him to the position he held before he became flesh and dwelt among men.

♦     He had faith that God would raise him from the dead when man put him on the cross.

♦     He had faith that his death burial and resurrection was the only way that man could be saved eternally.

Since God provided this means of salvation over 2,000 years ago, what makes man think he can do anything to make it better?  Yet there are many who believe that water can wash away one’s sins.

The Baptism Myth

Some of my dearest friends belong to theChurchofChrist. I am thinking of a couple in particular, who, without a doubt, are the most loving and caring persons I know. I do not think they believe water baptism saves them, as mostChurchofChristmembers do; but they do not find it to be as big an issue as I do.

The majority of theChurchofChristleaders believe that water baptism is necessary for salvation.  They have done a marvelous job in getting their followers to buy into this myth.

The brainwashing has been so severe it has destroyed family relationships. If these people could only see the truth of the Faith of Christ, their ministry and lives would change drastically.

Because the brainwashing has been so severe, most of these people will not even read, much less study, ant commentary that differs from their preconceived ideas.

Christ’ Blood is for Remission of Sins.

If baptism can wash away one’s sins, why did Christ have to die?  Answer that one, will you.  Why would God send his Son to suffer the death of the cross if it was not necessary?

Even when baptism was a requirement for justification, it never had the power to blot out one’s sins (Acts 3:19-21).

The people, in time past, who believed baptism was for remission of sins will not have their sins removed until the second coming of Christ.  And their inheritance will be on earth, not in heavenly places that Ephesians speaks of (Eph. 1:3; 2:6).

Here is a news flash: that means of salvation ended long ago.  In this present dispensation one is justified by the faith of Christ. If you believe otherwise, you are not a child of God. I didn’t say that, God said it.

Ephesians 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.

There was a time when faith and works of men were partners.  That is what James 2:20 alludes to: But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

But that time period is long past when mans work was necessary for justification. Justification for today was accomplished by the work that Christ did onCalvary’s cross.

Faith is not followed by a work that man can do, but faith accepts the work Christ has done. Jesus paid the price God required and that price was his own blood.

We are living in an era known as the age of grace, or the dispensation of Grace. If we do a work, thinking it will be for salvation, we frustrate the grace of God and prostitute the work of Christ.

If you are in a denomination that suggests baptism saves you, come out from among them.  For if you buy into that heresy you have bought into another Jesus and another gospel.

2 Cor. 11:4: For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

The gospel of your salvation today is the gospel of the grace of God.  It is a gospel devoid of works for salvation.

Check me out! Prove me wrong! The proof will be found in a King James Bible, not in what your preacher told you or your seminary taught you.

Be a Berean! These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).