Of God … Two Huge Words!

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Many of you have heard this verse before. Did you know that most of the English translations aren’t accurately reflecting the Greek in an area that changes the entire meaning of the text? Here’s Galatians 2:20 in the ESV:
[Gal 2:20 ESV] 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Here’s that same verse in the KJV:
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.
Did you notice the difference? The ESV says faith “in” the Son of God. KJV says faith “of” the Son of God. I’m not picking on the ESV in particular because every other major translation of this verse agrees with it.
Here’s the Greek:
2:20  ζῶ δὲ οὐκέτι ἐγώ ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί ἐνπίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντοςἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ
For those that aren’t familiar with Greek, here’s the order of the words in the Greek “in faith I live of the Son of God.” I know that sounds choppy, but here’s the key insight. The phrase “of the Son of God” could read “the Son of God’s faith.” In other words, it’s implying possession. In other words, the faith Paul lived by was not his own faith, but Christ’s. How is this possible? Paul already told us. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”
This made me wonder. Does this happen in other places? The answer, absolutely! Check out what other awesome gifts God has given you through “the” Gift of God, Jesus.
 [Rom 12:1 ESV] 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
[Rom 15:19 ESV] 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God–so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;
[1Co 1:24 ESV] 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
[1Co 2:5, 7, 11 ESV] 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. … 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. … 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
[1Co 2:16 ESV] 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
[2Co 6:7 ESV] 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;
[2Co 13:14 ESV] 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
[Eph 3:19 ESV] 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
[Eph 4:18 ESV] 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
[Eph 6:11, 13 ESV] 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. … 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
[Phl 2:13 ESV] 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
[Phl 4:7 ESV] 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
[Col 1:10 ESV] 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
[Col 2:12 ESV] 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
[2Th 3:5 ESV] 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
[1Pe 4:11 ESV] 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
[1Jo 2:5 ESV] 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
[1Jo 5:3 ESV] 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
[Jde 1:21 ESV] 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
Get it. It’s His Spirit, His love, His power, His grace, His mercy, His faith, His life!
This also gives a way different perspective to the last few verses in 1 John and Jude. What John and Jude are not saying is that it’s our responsibility to keep ourselves in the love of God and to keep His commandments, but rather it’s a call to believers to “choose life,” or put another way, choose to allow the life of Christ and the love of Christ flow out through you to the “glory of God.”