Galatians 2. Forum Discussion

Liberty in Jesus

Galatians 2:16 says, “A man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus.”

The word “justified” means, “Forgiven and made right.”

Paul is continuing to make the case that we are forgiven and made right through our faith in Jesus, not through our accomplishments.

There are two key 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 made right with God.

To illustrate Paul’s point, let us review a few scriptures that speak to point #1, “The Law was insufficient to take away our sins and make us right with God.”

  • Acts 15:10: - “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?” This scripture is talking about the Law being impossible to keep.

  • Romans 3:20: - “Because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” The Law makes us aware of our sins, but it does not take them away. Only Jesus can do that.

  • Hebrews 10:4: - “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin.”

  • Romans 4:15: - “For the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.” Again, the Law makes us aware of our sins, but it does not provide for the forgiveness of our sins.

  • Galatians 3:10: - “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.’” 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.

  • Hebrews 7:18-19: - “ 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. The New Covenant is superior to the Old.

  • Hebrews 8:7: - “For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.”

Through Jesus, God provided a new and better covenant. Here are a few scriptures to reinforce point #2, “It is only through faith in Jesus that we can be made right with God.”

  • Acts 4:12: - “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.”

  • John 3:16: - “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.”

  • Acts 16:31: - “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

  • Romans 10:9-10: - “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.

  • Titus 3:5: - “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.”

  • Romans 10:13: - “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The chapter ends with a forceful statement from Paul. He was in a heated debate with the Jewish leaders over whether Gentile Christians needed to obey the Jewish Law to be saved. There is a lot to observe in Paul’s statement found in Galatians 2:15-16:

 “We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.”

Paul is reminding them that he, like them, was raised under the Jewish Law. He knew all about it. But that was all before he knew Jesus. Everything changed for Paul on the road to Damascus.

He understood the truth and would not budge an inch from it, no matter the cost.

John 8:32 says, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Paul leaves no doubt that nobody is justified by the works of the Law, or as he puts it, “By the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” Not Jews, not Gentiles, nobody.

As Paul continues to drive home the point that we are saved through faith in Jesus, and not by the works of the Law, let us give thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Galatians 3 and how Jesus redeems us from the curse of the Law. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen



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