Galatians 2 Lesson

Only faith in Jesus can save us!

“A man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 2:16 (a).

This is the central point that Paul is communicating to the Galatians.   To make sure that this point is driven home, he paraphrases and repeats it several times:

  • “So that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law.” – Galatians 2:16 (b).

  • “By the works of the flesh, no man will be justified.” – Galatians 2:16 (c).

  • “For if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” – Galatians 2:21.

There are two points that Paul is making:

  1. The Law was insufficient to take away our sins and make us right with God.
  2. It is only through faith in Jesus that we can be reconciled with God.

We will consider these points one a time by examining what the scriptures have to say:


  1. “Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?” – Acts 15:10. This scripture is talking about the Law being impossible to keep. 
  2. Because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20. The Law makes us aware of our sins, but it does not take them away.   Only Jesus can do that!    
  3. “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin.” – Hebrews 10:4.
  4. “For the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.” – Romans 4:15. Again, the Law makes us aware of our sins, but it does not provide the reconciliation with God that we need for salvation.   Only Jesus can do that!  
  5. “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, to perform them.’” – Galatians 3:10. Since nobody was able to keep the Law perfectly (except Jesus), all were cursed and would surely face eternal damnation without the saving blood of Jesus.
  6. “For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” – Hebrews 7:18-19.   The New Covenant is superior to the Old.    
  7. “For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.” – Hebrews 8:7.


  1. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12.
  2. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.
  3. Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31.
  4. If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10.
  5. “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5.
  6. Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13.


The Law was insufficient to take away our sins and make us right with God.  It is only through faith in Jesus that we can be reconciled with God!



Your comments are correct however remember Paul is talking about trying to keep the law of Moses. Also remember the 2 chapter of James because we can't just say that we believe and expect that to be all because the demons believe and yet are lost and belief requires action not just accent.

Stanley Johnson

Your right joseph

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Amen Joseph!

Mark W

The problem that the churches all over Galatia had is one we can also have today. It’s easy to add something else to Jesus. Instead of Jesus being the way to God, I can say it’s Jesus AND _______ . Jesus AND this. Jesus AND that. Paul, with the rest of scripture, says it’s Jesus only. Thanks for the reminder from Galatians 2, John!

John B.
Mark W

Thank you for studying God's Word with us Mark and for your comments!


Thanks for detail explanation on the Book Galatia