For the last month and a half I have revisited Paul's argument in Gal 2-3, especially regarding the interpretation of pistis Christou as 'Christ's Faithfulness'. So, because Paulos has thought a great deal about this, we are going to take this opportunity and work through Gal 2-3, and then return to the complexities of Romans 7.
So, for this week's post I am going to offer my translation of Gal 2.15-3.29, so that you may all see where the discussion will be going. Blessings to you, as you read!
Galatians 2:15 - 3:29
15 We are Jews by nature and not Gentile sinners, 16 yet we know that no one is justified on the basis of the deeds required by Torah but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified on the basis of the faithfulness of Christ and not on the basis of the deeds required by Torah, because on the basis of the deeds required by Torah no one will be justified. 17 But if while seeking to be justified in Christ we ourselves have also been found to be sinners, is Christ then one who encourages sin? Absolutely not! 18 For if I build up again those things I once destroyed, I demonstrate that I am one who breaks God's Torah. 19 For through Torah I died to the Torah so that I may live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live by the faithfulness that belongs to the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside God's grace, because if righteousness was through the Torah, then Christ died for nothing!