Reason No. 15: Faith in Christ is attested in the undisputed phrases – 100 Reasons πίστις Χριστοῦ is an Objective Genitive
Posted by NT Wrong on December 18, 2008
The following post is an abridged version of one of the 100 reasons πίστις Χριστοῦ is an Objective Genitive included in my forthcoming book:
100 Reasons πίστις Χριστοῦ is an Objective Genitive
Reason No. 15: Faith in Christ is attested in the undisputed phrases
Furthermore, there is unambiguous evidence for faith in Christ in Paul’s epistles (Schreiner 2001):
Rom 10.9-14 (“if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved…”);
Gal 3.26 (“in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”);
Phil 1.29 (“…believing in Christ…”);
Philem 1.5 (“…your faith toward the Lord Jesus”);
c.f. Col 1.4 (“…your faith in Christ Jesus”);
c.f. Col 2.5 (“…the firmness of your faith in Christ”)
These explicit references to the faith of humans in Christ occur in and around the more difficult phrase, πίστις Χριστοῦ, and in similar descriptions of Paul’s concept of salvation. So there is a strong prima facie expectation that this more difficult phrase should be interpreted in light of the more secure meaning “faith in Christ”, and no persuasive basis on which to distinguish the meaning.
By contrast, there is no unambiguous evidence for the faithfulness of Christ to God in Paul’s epistles. (This has not, however, stopped reinterpreters of Paul from straining after a few gnats; e.g. Rom 1.17).
The evidence thus provides a strong basis for interpreting πίστις Χριστοῦ as an objective genitive.
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