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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Faith of Christ - Πίστις Χριστοῦ

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Help me understand Faith OF Christ.

 

I don't necessarily want to discuss Faith IN Christ versus Faith OF Christ. Rather, I'd like to understand views on the meaning of Faith OF Christ. The subjective/objective genitive rendering is interesting, but not my question. For now, let's look at just the subjective genitive. 

 

Does this refer to: 

1. Christ's faithfulness in saving us? If so, are the meanings of faith and faithfulness conflated in saying this? 

2. Christ's faith as a man in His Father, God, being imputed to us as if it were our faith--and thus His faith saves us?

3. Something other?

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 Concerning Philippians 3:9 the Cambridge Geek Testament for Schools and Colleges reads,
τὴν διὰ πίστεως Χριστοῦ. “That which is through faith in Christ.” For the construction πίστις Χριστοῦ, with Χριστός for object not subject, cp. Mark 11:22, ἔχετε πίστιν θεοῦ: Acts 3:16, ἐπὶ τῇ πίστει τοῦ ὀνόματος αὐτοῦ: Galatians 2:20, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ. In such cases the genitive gives the idea of cohesion, nexus; it presents the Object as clasped by πίστις. (H. C. G. Moule)

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/philippians-3.html

 

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I find this verse interesting ...

 

Galatians 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.

 

Seems to say, Jesus is the object of our faith and the 'faith of Christ' is the means of our justification through faith in Christ.

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6 hours ago, Solas said:

I find this verse interesting ...

 

Galatians 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.

 

Seems to say, Jesus is the object of our faith and the 'faith of Christ' is the means of our justification through faith in Christ.

(listening)

I think you capture the subjective genitive perspective well.  I am not debating whether or not that is so, but trying to understand the implications if it is correct. I think the questions either #1 or #2 in the OP need to be answered.  I am hoping to learn how people have thought about that.  The subject is not clear to me.

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On 2/7/2019 at 2:35 PM, GaoLu said:

Help me understand Faith OF Christ.

 

I don't necessarily want to discuss Faith IN Christ versus Faith OF Christ. Rather, I'd like to understand views on the meaning of Faith OF Christ. The subjective/objective genitive rendering is interesting, but not my question. For now, let's look at just the subjective genitive. 

 

Does this refer to: 

1. Christ's faithfulness in saving us? If so, are the meanings of faith and faithfulness conflated in saying this? 

2. Christ's faith as a man in His Father, God, being imputed to us as if it were our faith--and thus His faith saves us?

3. Something other?

Just sharing my observation in and after engaging Christians of all varieties of theology.

 

Some think when considering Justification:

  1. I am saved by "my act" of faith.
  2. I am saved not by "my act" of faith but by the object of faith (Jesus Christ).

If you're looking for the theological camps that usually convey either 1 or 2 just say. I am a number 2 person in theology.

 

Here are the implications in my mind:

  1. If you're saved by your own act of faith then you are saved by works.
  2. If you're saved by the object of faith (Jesus Christ) then you may rightfully proclaim Soli Deo Gloria (monergism).

 

God bless,

William

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