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Written by Mike Montgomery   

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

Here is what I think about the phrase, "from faith to faith."
What other kinds of phrases with the words "from" and "to" can you think of and especially which similar expressions can you find in scripture? Remember the line from the anthem, "America the Beautiful" where it says, "from sea to shining sea?" What does that particular poetical phrase mean? It means from one end of America (i.e., the Atlantic ocean) to the other (i.e., the Pacific) and means the entirety of the continental USA.
Here are some expressions found in scripture:
Ps 90:2  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Ps 96:2  Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Isa 51:8  For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

Mic 7:12  In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

Lu 1:50  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
Notice the similarity in each with the phrase "from" something "to" something? In each, it denotes the entirety of whatever is in context. In Luke 1:50, God's mercy is for the entirety of those that fear Him, spanning not only place but time. In Romans 1:17, the righteousness of God is revealed entirely by the means of faith. Notice, I am referring only to the revelation of God's righteousness. Here are some points to ponder.
First, man's righteousness (which is but filthy rags before God) requires no faith for its revelation.
Second, God's wrath requires no faith for its revelation as Roman 1:18ff proves abundantly.
Third, God's eternal power and godhead requires no faith for its revelation because even carnal man can see it even if he doesn't want to admit it.
Fourth, the fact that God is righteous is not really what is revealed by faith.
Fifth, faith and faith alone reveals that the sinner is made righteous through the righteousness of Christ. It is entirely by means of faith consisting of the faith that God gives the reborn sinner and especially when that God-given faith apprehends the truth of the Gospel.
Lastly, this is what that phrase has reference to: it is entirely by faith that the sinner has revealed to himself that he is made righteous by the righteousness of Christ.
Mike Montgomery

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 October 2006 )
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