15.2.11

Righteouness by faith in Christ or the faithfulness of Christ to us?

We are looking at Romans with Dr Mark Bonnington.

There are different readings of Galatians 2:16 and Romans 3:22.

...know that a person is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.

.....know that a person is not justified by observing the law, but by the faithfulness of Christ.

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

This righteousness is given through the faithfulness of Christ to all who believe.




Try placing 'the faithfulness of Christ' for 'faith in Christ' and there are subtle differences. Hayes and NT Wright prefer this rendering and therein emphasise the historic work of Christ rather than the personal work of Christ - our faith in Christ.

Our faith in Christ or Christ's faithfulness to us? The ambiguity is there in the Greek.

The early church fathers rendered it the first way. 

1 comment:

Michael F. Bird said...

There's a good book on this subject edited by Bird and Sprinkle called "The Faith of Jesus Christ".

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