Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Pistis Christou

I've taken a break from reading ever since I trawled my way through The Monstrosity of Christ. Zizek and Milbank aren't authors to read quickly. Next on my list is this little gem: The Faith of Jesus Christ.

It's a collection of essays on the New Testament phrase pistis christou which is translated either as "faith in Christ" or "the faithfulness of Christ" or similar. As you can imagine, this has some nice theological consequences because the phrase is typically used in relation to salvation, as in "you are saved by faith in Christ" in contrast with "you are saved by the faithfulness of Christ."

I hope to be post a little about it as I go, with my own reflections about what the various authors have written.


JLTan said...

It is an interesting difference between "you are saved by faith in Christ" and "you are saved by the faithfulness of Christ".

The former seems to carry focus upon the finished work of Christ upon the cross, and our need to believe in Him. The latter seems carry focus upon the continuing intercession of Christ for us, and we have nothing to do for our salvation.

The latter can be read by some to imagine that the whole world will be saved.

I do not know what will come out of your reflections. Just sharing my immediate thoughts on those phrases. May the Lord bless you in your studies and meditations.

Unknown said...

Heck yes!!! I have heard a little about this topic and dig the implications! I will buy that book tomorrow!

Cheers Andrew :)