Ichabod explores the Age of Apostasy, predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, with an emphasis on UOJ, Church Growth, and Emergent Church heresies. The antidote to these poisons is trusting the efficacious Word in the Means of Grace. John 16:8. Most readers are WELS, LCMS, ELS, or ELCA. This blog also covers the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the mainline denominations.
The Glory Has Departed
Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Romans 3:21-26King James Version (KJV)
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of Godwhich is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
GJ - This is a topic worth studying at great length. The modern translations seem to be universal in translating the clear, plain Greek as "faith in Christ."
But the genitive means the "faith that belongs to Christ." The house of the governor is the governor's house, so the faith of Christ is Christ's own faith.
I believe that casts a different light on justification by faith, another nail (among hundreds) in the UOJ coffin.
Faith in Christ suggests "my faith in Christ," which is not bad or wrong, but through the faith of Christ emphasizes the human nature in Christ and all He did to redeem us from sin and Satan. The UOJists rave about "faithians" not being "Christians" but Luther identified himself as a "solafideist" virtually the same thing. Too bad he did not study under David Scaer and other Enthusiasts at Ft. Wayne, where they have improved upon Holy Writ and clarified everything via the Great Prophet CFW Walther.
I am thinking out loud about this, so I welcome emails about your insights or refutations. I posted the graphic below, which I always liked, and it quotes Luther's Galatians Commentary on the same phrasing.