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"Strong in faith."—Romans 4:20.

Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers, from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven—on which God's messages of love fly so fast, that before we call He answers, and while we are yet speaking He hears us. But if that telegraphic wire of faith be snapped, how can we receive the promise? Am I in trouble?—I can obtain help for trouble by faith. Am I beaten about by the enemy?—my soul on her dear Refuge leans by faith. But take faith away—in vain I call to God.

There is no road betwixt my soul and heaven. In the deepest wintertime faith is a road on which the horses of prayer may travel—ay, and all the better for the biting frost; but blockade the road, and how can we communicate with the Great King? Faith links me with divinity. Faith clothes me with the power of God. Faith engages on my side the omnipotence of Jehovah. Faith ensures every attribute of God in my defence. It helps me to defy the hosts of hell. It makes me march triumphant over the necks of my enemies. But without faith how can I receive anything of the Lord? Let not him that wavereth—who is like a wave of the Sea—expect that he will receive anything of God! O, then, Christian, watch well thy faith; for with it thou canst win all things, however poor thou art, but without it thou canst obtain nothing. "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

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What a wonderful mind and heart of Charles Spurgeon. I love his writings. ...I'd like to give my thinking on a crucial verse of Scripture on faith that most people don't pick up on....

Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."


Notice the word "by" "by the faith" Lets see what Strong's says....
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A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); “in”, at, (up-) on, by, etc.: - about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-) by (+ all means), for (. . . sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-) in (-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-) on, [open-] ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, [speedi-] ly, X that, X there (-in, -on), through (-out), (un-) to(-ward), under, when, where (-with), while, with (-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) prep.
Total KJV occurrences: 2720

Since faith comes from our Heavenly Father, especially as a gift for Salvation, we couldn't be saved if that gift of faith was not extended to us who were devoid of faith as unbeliever. so lets see what the verse says with the proper word "in" is used. Now the word "the" is critical as well. it is a definite article. It means in this case, I live in the faith of the Son of God, not as some translations say "in faith of the Son of God.

I believe that ALL faith that I exercise for ANYTHING, must come from my Master Jesus the Son of God. Just something to think about.
 
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@Chopper Share away brother. Your insights are always welcomed. As they are with your addition here on this thread.

One could almost do a separate study of Galatians 2:20 with its many points. I look at the use of "in", "by", and "of" as providing the relationship between us as we are, the vehicle of the relationship, and the object of the relationship.

For I agree with you that for all things our source is Jesus Christ. Which falls for me right in line with John 1:3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

Thank-you for the joy brother.
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