A LINEAR FAITH 

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: ‘But the righteous one will live by faith’” (Romans 1:17).

Whether “faith to faith” is a reference “to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (1:16) or, perhaps, the faith of Old Testament believers to all present day believers, or even the faithfulness of God to his covenant and our respondent “obedience of faith” (1:5), Paul is pointing to a progression of faith and the forward movement of our hope. While other religious expressions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, hold to a pessimistic, circular view of time, the uniqueness of the Christian faith is an optimistic, hope-filled perspective of all history; that time is linear and, as such, is moving toward the end of the age and the culmination of God’s redemptive purposes.

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