Gal.2:16-21 “by the faith of Christ”

What is the quality of sound that rings when we let Christ in us speak? What makes it understood as coming from Christ? “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;(2 Co.4:13)”. St Paul is quoting here the Psalmist (Ps.116:10). Our ministry is not in our personality or name but in Christ Jesus who conquered the world.

God commanded,’Let there be light.’  It was so. It is faith which is one. So when we consider faith it has only one source. “Whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also-(1 John 2:23-NIV)”.  Those who say they are saved but pursue the world and its lusts are of two minds. “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?(1 Co.14:8)” We speak therefore by the same faith of Jesus Christ so our actions create a context for another to hear and also understand. Here the emphasis is on faith,  the word and truth. The latter is the risen Christ whose spirit is with us. The Spirit of truth leads whosoever hears what Christ in us speaks. A froward heart may resist but if the person is of sound mind and sincere shall certainly come to grips with it and it is not our own cleverness that settles the issue. The savior shall desire ‘will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth(1 Ti.2:4)”. Our faith is to work with the faith that Jesus made manifest in his own body. ‘It is not I but your will’. “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done(Lk.22:42)”. So in our submissive spirit we are hitching our faith to that raised his Son from the jaws of hell. It is creative faith (He.11:3). When spirit of antichrist speaks ‘to make your faith wrest from the hand of God riches so you could show off your wealth it is something else. Faith is one.  It is not spirit of Christ that you may well rob Christ of his glory and stand at the pulpit to preach God.

Is there any difference in the spirit of Christ and indwelling Spirit? There is one Spirit. Unity of the Spirit speaks of many members which make up the Body of Christ. The same Spirit but several gifts operating through each. Now consider faith similarly. Faith is one which is same in the Father also operating through his Son. By the faith of Christ we exercise not another but the same faith. ‘ We also believe, and therefore speak.’

Christian Living is marked by liberty in Christ whereas bondage to the law is the opposite. It is where the nation of Israel failed. They merely observed the provisions of the law but the spirit of Christ and faith that connected its fulfillment were absent. Their complacency rested in their flesh as having fulfilled the outward observances. Liberty in Christ on the other hand lay in the confession of St Paul.  “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 (v.20).”

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.

17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19 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.

21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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