Red, why DOESN'T Galatians 3:16 in the KJV say “For ye are all the children of God by faith OF Christ Jesus“? By saying faith IN Christ for this passage, it is OUR faith that is the variable. Christ’s faith or faithfulness is constant and not in question. Our faith or lack thereof is what turns the key or not so to speak. It is an ascent or dropping our fists of resistance and submitting to God. And the faithfulness of Christ in submitting himself to death, even death on a cross makes it possible of course. And keeping Christ's commandments is NOT works of the law. It is simply doing what God/Christ has commanded. If we love Him we will keep his commandments. Scripture is NOT telling us that we are saved by works of the law, but our obedience is a faith response to the gift of grace. We show our love of and faith IN HIM by doing what he commands. We earn or merit nothing by obeying him. It is an act of love. And we want to show Him that we love him by a statement out of His mouth, "if you love me keep my commandments." He DOESN'T say or imply, and we are NOT asserting he is saying, "for you to earn my love or salvation you must work for it or merit it by doing the works I require or the commandments I give."
Brother, I assume you meant Galatians 3
:26~"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
Our claim to being God’s children is not by the Law, but by laying hold of Christ by faith
. When reading Galatians 3 the word faith is used several times, not always in the same sense which should be clear to any sincere student of the scriptures.
We must remember, Paul is writing Gentiles, who are known to be children of God by the evidence of their faith
~it does not come
by us keeping the law, for that is not the purpose of God's law~verse 24
~the law is "our" schoolmaster to show BELIEVERS
their need to be justified by the obedience and faith of Jesus Christ, and ONCE we understand this truth, we AS BELIEVERS
are no longer under the law IN THIS SENSE
, for we will always be under it, as a RULE, to live by for there's no greater set of laws concerning righteousness as God's holy, good and spiritual law.
Those who have listened to the schoolmaster (the law of God) understand clearly faith does not make God’s children, for faith follows regeneration (John 1:13; Galatians 4:6; 5:22).
A man is born again before he believes, loves, or does righteousness (John 3:3; 5:24; 6:44,65; 8:43,47; 10:26; Romans 8:7-8; Ist Corinthians 2:14-16; Ist John 3:14; 4:7,15; 5:1).
In Galatians 3:26 there is no biblical reason to make this Christ’s faith, for the following text shows its practical sense.
The language no more requires a condition or instrument than Matthew 5:45 or 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18.
Our faith or lack thereof is what turns the key or not so to speak.
Brother, it DOES as far as God's blessings in our present life of walking with him, but NOT in regeneration~The faith and obedience of Jesus Christ bring us INTO A RELATIONSHIP as sons of God~It allows God to adopt us into his family.
Galatians 4:1-6~"Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father."
We are sons of God by his grace alone through his election of his children by grace
...SECURED by God's oath and promises THROUGH CHRIST'S redemption for us redeeming us from the curse of God's law by being made a curse for us~what qualified him to be that perfect lamb of God to be sacrificed for the sins of God's elect was his PERFECT life of obedience.