Romans 1:17

Romans 1:17 — For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

For therein — refers back to the gospel mentioned in verse 16, the revelation of the righteousness of God. Righteousness is God's holiness toward us. Jesus Christ is God's righteousness. He is how God treats us.

Revealed — continuous, is being revealed

From faith to faith — I've often heard that this is referring to faith being passed on from one believer to another, but I think I've now hit on a better explanation — from faith (subjective — Christ's faithfulness) to faith (objective — our response in faith to Him)

As it is written, the just shall live by faith — from Habakkuk 2:4 — Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous [just, justified] will live by his faith.

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  1. jeff says:

    Faith to faith–I’ve always viewed it as a reference to dispensations, various distinctives of showing faith over the ages. No matter we what age the just always live by faith. I have no proof whatsoever that this is what he is referring to, I just like to use that one!

  2. Walker says:

    I got my idea from C.R. Stam’s commentary, The Epistle of Paul to the Romans. He says:

    The phrase the faith of Christ is used seven times in Paul’s epistles. In these seven passages faith is spoken of, not objectively, but subjectively.

    Objectively, faith is simply trust in another, or in what another has said or done. But subjectively faith is the character which constitutes one worthy of trust. Objectively faith is associated with what one does; subjectively it concerns what he is. One might say, “If I have faith in you, you had better keep faith with me.” Any English dictionary will give these two definitions of the word “faith,” and the same is true of the Greek equivalent, pistis.

    In Romans 3:22, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 3:22 and Philippians 3:9 we find “the faith of Christ” and the believer’s faith in Christ mentioned in the same verses, showing the one as complementary to the other.

    His trustworthiness is revealed as an appeal to our trust. This interpretation does fit logically with the words that precede and follow. Paul’s gospel reveals the righteousness of God “from faith to faith, as it is written, The just shall live by faith,” i.e. on the principle of faith, faith in the One who always keeps faith with us.

    Of all the explanations I read, this is the one that made the most sense to me in context.

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