Gal 2:15-21: Know that a person is not justified by the works of the law

15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[d] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.

19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:15-21.

The apostle Paul made it clear that no one is justified by the works of the law.  The law of God is perfect and it is impossible for humanity to keep it and follow it to the letter.  When God gave the Jews the law it was not so that they could obtain righteousness.  It was to reveal to them the righteousness of God and their need of a savior.

All of the early apostles were Jews by birth.  From the Jewish perspective a gentile was dirty and not part of God’s people.  They had an inherent hatred for the gentiles because they represented everything a Jew was not to be.

But God in His love, grace, and mercy opened the door of salvation to all people,  both Jews and Gentiles.  Those of us today who are not of Jewish descent are able to take part in all of the promises of God because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul new and understood that righteousness was by faith alone.  Righteousness cannot be found in works.  Every good work a person does on this earth that they believe is going to earn their way into heaven is a complete lie.  You often hear people say they are good enough.  In God’s kingdom there is no such thing as being good enough.  There are only those who are righteous through Christ and those who are not.

All will stand before Jesus Christ someday and give an account of their lives.  When we stand before Jesus the only thing that will matter is whether or not we placed our faith in His finished work and who He is.  Good works will save no one because good works are not able to cleanse a person from the stain of sin.  The only thing that can cleanse the sin that exist on our lives is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  It is through faith alone that we are declared righteous before God.


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