The Faith of Jesus Christ – Gal 2:16
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
By the faith of Jesus Christ. What is then this powerful agency, Faith? Is it the source of our Salvation? Is it the cause of our Justification? Is it the means by which grace is wrought or conferred upon us? No. Faith is only the means whereby the grace of God, based upon Christ’s atonement, is received or accepted. It is the hand which extends upward to embrace Christ and put on Christ to Justification. What a wonderfully simple, and yet miraculous thing faith is! It begins in our hearts in the longing for Christ and His salvation, in the prayer and anguish of our souls, that Christ may be ours. Its continual effort is to accept Christ, to trust in Him alone, to hold fast to His promises, to embrace Him and His redemption without wavering. This faith is sometimes full of assurance and joy, but at other times subject to much trouble, anxiety, darkness, and struggling. Its necessary condition is always, however, that it cannot and will not let go of its hold upon Christ.
– Carl A. Swensson
The Lutheran Commentary: Annotations of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians