The Faith of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:23 – But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

“Before faith came” means that there was a time when there was no faith. Many people believe that faith has always been around, but the faith that Galatians is referring to in this verse 23 is a spiritual faith, it is the spiritual believing faith of Christ himself. Before Christ came, his believing faith was simply not available. Thus “we were kept under the law” until Christ came.

Galatians 3:24 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto {until} Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

We are justified by whose faith? By Christ’s faith! With the believing faith of Jesus Christ we have received our justification, being made completely justified from the dictates that the Law demands. It took the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself to give his life on our behalf to redeem us from the Law and his own faith now makes us free, giving each of us justification and affording us a perfect standing before God.

Galatians 3:25 – But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Now that the faith of Jesus Christ has come, we are no longer under the rules and regulations of the schoolmaster, i.e., the Law. Believing faith was always around since the beginning of time, but a new, enhanced, spiritual faith came with Christ, and with Christ came spiritual freedom in an even greater law than the written Law of the Old Testament, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; . . .” (Hebrews 12:2a).

Romans 8:2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

The human race has been under the law of sin and death since the fall of Adam; however, today, because of the believing faith of Jesus Christ we are now under a new law, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” This new law has given us freedom in Christ and has presented us with the actual faith of Christ himself in order that we may believe God’s Word regarding our current standing with Him as those who have been made free, and as those who have received the spiritual faith of Christ.

The Old Testament Law was given to protect God’s people from the greater law of sin and death, but now that the faith of Christ has come to men and women, they are no longer under the schoolmaster. We also have been made free from the law of sin and death by even a greater law, “the law of the spirit of life.” Our own believing can now rest assured in the faith of Christ (whose own believing faith never failed), and his faith has made us free indeed. With the faith of Christ, we may gratefully obtain genuine spiritual freedom out of the abundance of God’s goodness.

Children of Abraham

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:6-7:
-6:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
-7:  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith {believing faith}, the same are the children of Abraham.

Abraham was a great man of God, and he believed in the words that God spoke to him. What it was that made Abraham such a special person is that he believed God, and as a result of his believing, God accounted to him righteousness. Abraham’s believing allowed God to present him with God’s own righteousness. Abraham’s righteousness was not contingent upon any law, but upon believing. Believing God’s Word today gives us the spiritual right to be called “the children of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:9 – So then they which be of faith {believing faith} are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Before the Law was ever given, Abraham walked with God in believing, and now after the Law has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15), by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we still walk with God in peace and in His righteousness. Galatians is written to bring the Christian back to the Word of God without being encumbered with Laws. Today because of our believing God’s Word: we are most definitely blessed! Abraham was called “faithful”; he was faithful by believing what God said. The Epistle of Romans being the foundational epistle to the Christian Church details how Abraham believed and how the Word instructs us to believe as well.

Romans 4:20-24:
-20:  He {Abraham} staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {believing faith}, giving glory to God; {When we believe the Word we will also give glory to God.}
-21:  And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22:  And therefore it {Abraham’s believing} was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23:  Now it was not written {in Genesis 15:6} for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24:  But for us also, to whom it {God’s righteousness} shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

In the Old Testament, Abraham had to believe that his Savior would come, and his believing allowed God to impute (put into his personal account) righteousness. Today we believe that our Savior did come, that he was raised from the dead, and that he will again return for us. There is no amount of works or laws that could possibly prevent or speed up his return, this is why believing is the best that we can do, for believing is all that is required before our God. After our salvation, we are righteous regardless of whether or not we believe, but as we continue believing on Christ, then we will begin to realize the abundance of having the righteousness of God because we are the children of Abraham by our believing.