This is a very rough abridgement of an email conversation we have had in our Discipleship/Outreach group on what this thrice repeated phrase means. Anyone else care to add some thoughts to the mix?
“The just shall live by faith” – Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38
These three things are definitely not equal but they are obviously connected. what if they are all part of a sequence… How about this…
Faith in Jesus –> Justifies through Jesus –> Life of Jesus
I agree about not equal but I didn’t know how to make –> until now:)
But I think the sequence is Faith in Jesus —> Life of Jesus —> Justifies through Jesus
Through Faith IN Jesus —> we are Justified THROUGH Jesus —> and now we have the Life OF Jesus
Can we have His abundant eternal life without the justification He provides for us activated by our Faith (trust) in Him? I think not, thus why I put the progression in that order… But I am often wrong…
FAITH is the Connection and Key to the infinite Grace of God and allows us to be blessed and impacted in a multitude of ways which we will discussing and implementing in our lives.
I see it we cannot live like Christ unless we are first made righteous, for He is the right one!
So if we follow that in sequence:
Faith in Jesus —> Brings us to Him justifying our spirits –> Us walking in His new given life.
But I have been known to be wrong once or twice hahaha!
“Faith in Jesus –> Justifies through Jesus –> Life of Jesus”
Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. Knowing that something is real even if we do not see it Heb 11:1. It starts with faith in God that we don’t see. And Heb 11:6 says but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJ). Remember the fall of man disconnected us from our creator and by Faith (or pleasing Him) reconnected us back to God. We must be connected to God before we will be justified then the life of Jesus will manifest in us.
I was just listening to a sermon by Tim Keller (surprise surprise) where He is talking about the Gospel (surprise surprise) and he quotes Rom 1:17, and he quotes it this way and then makes these comparisons to it which I think are so apropos…
“Rom 1:17 says, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live’, and I think I got it the other day when I realized that, He who through preaching is righteous shall die, or he who through approval is righteous shall die, or he through performance is righteous shall die.”
– Timothy Keller
I think that the greek is ambiguous here actually, which actually leads to MORE exciting implications about “Just,Faith,Live”…
Clearly we are also to walk by faith as 2 Cor 5:7 states, but we are also clearly justified by faith… so it really is a “both and” here… but to walk by faith is a totally new topic than justification by faith. I personally am still at the point where faith is where we start… as it says in Hebrews 11:6, we can’t please God without Faith.