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    GALATIANS 2 JUSTIFIED BY CHRIST

    GALATIANS 2

    2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

    2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

    2:13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

    2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

    2:15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

    2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

    2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

    Paul is saying here, {"If while we seek (that is the Jews) to be justified by Christ, we (Jews) also are found sinners"} is that having been justified by Christ and trying to be justified by the law as well, we are found to be just as much sinners as are the Gentiles.

    Paul is saying it isn't Christ making us sin in keeping the law, it is only ourselves, who by the law are shown to be sinners.

    2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

    2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

    2:20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

    2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

    No one could keep the law for righteousness.

    We are not made righteous thru the law, but rather, thru the imputed righteousness of Christ; wherein His righteousness is accounted to us.

    We are to reckon, upon belief, that we are baptized into the death of Christ, and in his resurrection; we are to walk in newness of life unto God.

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    Greetings DougE,
    Quote Originally Posted by DougE View Post
    GALATIANS 2
    2:15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
    2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
    Paul is saying here, {"If while we seek (that is the Jews) to be justified by Christ, we (Jews) also are found sinners"} is that having been justified by Christ and trying to be justified by the law as well, we are found to be just as much sinners as are the Gentiles.
    Paul is saying it isn't Christ making us sin in keeping the law, it is only ourselves, who by the law are shown to be sinners.
    I find your explanation a little bit obscure. The Jews divided the world into Jews and Gentiles, and their world view was that the Jews were more or less holy because they kept the Law, while the Gentiles were sinners, and did not obey the Law. But when they came in contact with Christ, even though they were Jews they were convinced that they also were sinners, needing forgiveness and justification by the faith of Jesus.
    2:20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
    2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
    No one could keep the law for righteousness. We are not made righteous thru the law, but rather, thru the imputed righteousness of Christ; wherein His righteousness is accounted to us.
    I agree.
    We are to reckon, upon belief, that we are baptized into the death of Christ, and in his resurrection; we are to walk in newness of life unto God.
    This seems to be partly obscure or ambiguous, as the process is belief of the Gospel and this motivates us to participate in water baptism in identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus, and then living the crucified and resurrected life.

    Kind regards
    Trevor

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