Galatians is one of Paul’s strongest epistles, with him “going to town” on them for removing themselves from grace and going back under law and legalism.
He even calls trying to live by the law as a “yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5 v 1).
He explains to the Galatians (and to us) that we are justified through faith in Jesus and not through works of the law (Galatians 2 v 16).
Justified means to render free or innocent, it means to be found innocent of all charges.
What this is really saying is that our sin has been dealt with by Jesus, and we are acceptable to God and righteous through faith in Him.
We are acceptable through faith and not works of the law.
We are righteous through faith and not works of the law.
By trying to increase righteousness (and holiness) by works, as many seem to be doing, is like saying Christ has not done enough.
It is like saying we need to do more.
It is in effect saying Christ died in vain as we still have to do something.
This is what Paul is saying in Galatians 2 v 21; he is telling the Galatians (and us) that Christ’s finished work was enough and our religious performance is not required.
In fact by trying to achieve anything through religious performance is anti-Christ.
Grace is the gift of God that we see manifest in our lives through faith in Jesus.
Anything “extra” over Jesus is religion and is not what God wants; He has made all His blessings available through faith.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith I stand before you right now justified, acceptable and righteous”.
Galatians 2 v 21…..I do not frustrate the grace of God; for if righteousness come by the law; then Christ is dead in vain