I believe there is a difference between the faith of Christ and faith in Christ. The unmerited grace and faith in Ephesians 2:8-9 occurs after one puts their faith in Christ. Romans 12:3 says we(believers) have been given the measure of faith. Paul wrote he lives by the faith of Christ in Gal. 2:20. (That's why I thing King James translation is important-Not all translations say faith of Christ). Our job now is to grow that faith. We go from faith to faith which is working out our own salvation.Spiritblade Disciple wrote:You may or may not find this interesting.
More at: https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print ... ork-it-outTim Staples wrote:The construction of the Greek text of Ephesians 2:8-9 makes clear that both grace and faith are entirely unmerited. Many Protestants are shocked to discover this is precisely what the Catholic Church teaches—and baptizes babies to prove it. How much more can the Church do to demonstrate this truth? What kind of works could a newborn baby have done to merit anything? However, once that baby grows up and reaches the age of accountability, he must begin to "work out [his] own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in [him], both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Phil 2:12-13). Or, as Paul says in Ephesians 2:10: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
I believe those in the O.T. lived by faith in Christ that was to come and 1 of the 9 gifts of the Spirit called the gift of faith. We as N.T. believers have the faith of Christ inside. My scripture reference would be Galatians 3:23-25. "but after faith is come."
Romans 4:16 " Therefore it is of faith that it might be by grace.." God's grace always comes by faith.