Johnson (1991:155) stated that the most important teachers in church history, such as, Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Hippolytus, Gregory of Nyssa, Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria and John Chrysostom, each dealt with Galatians 3:26-29 in the context of salvation. Thus, the historic Christian orthodox understanding of this passage seemed best explained in terms of justification by faith in Christ, apart from works of the law.

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