Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Friends, by the grace of God (Galatians 2:21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”). The only way to be JUSTIFIED (declared righteous or pardoned) is through FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. Any other way allows works, whether keeping THE LAW of Moses or performing good deeds in general, to play a role in justification. This is the main point of Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
SALVATION or RIGHTEOUSNESS “CANNOT” BE “OBTAINED ” BY OBEYING THE LAW. Salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
A legal term used of the defendant in a trial, JUSTIFIED means “declared righteous.” No one will be declared righteous by doing what God requires in the Law. This is confirmed by the fact that the Law was not given to JUSTIFY sinners but to expose sin.
Romans 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Whatever the law says refers to Romans 3:10-18.
All the world, whether Jewish or Gentile, stands in guilty silence BEFORE GOD.
3:10 This is a quotation from Psalm 14:3 that says, “There is none who does good.” Paul use the word RIGHTEOUS because he is discussing the unrighteous condition of all people (Read Romans 1:18). No one can be justified on the grounds of his or her own righteousness before God.
3:11 People do not understand spiritual truth (Please Read 1 Corinthians 2:14) nor do they diligently seek after God. At BEST, people are SATISFIED with externals, with being “RELIGIOUS.”
3:12 Turned aside: This means turning away from God’s way. UNPROFITABLE : That is, unless to God or His good purpose. GOOD: Apart from God, people lack true goodness and kindness. Some believers are gracious and kind. These acts ultimately have no value because they do not come from believers hearts that seek to GLORIFY GOD. (Please Read Romans 1:21). EVEN A “GOOD PERSON” can be rebelling against God and seeking his or her own welfare through goodness.
3:13 In showing humanity’s total depravity, Paul quotes passages in the Psalm that describe the evil that can come from the THROAT, TONGUE, LIPS, MOUTH, FEET, and EYES. The HEART is compared to a TOMB, for buried in it is the seed of death. The THROAT reveals the corruption inside the spiritual decay. The LIPS are like the fangs of an ASP; they contain deadly poison.
3:14 Humans apart from God are not blessing others; they are often CURSING them. They are not loving; they are bitter.
3:15-17 Swift to shed blood: People apart from God are prone to violence. They murder and kill because they have no respect for the life of another.
3:18 FEAR OF GOD is an Old Testament expression for respect and reverence for God, and is said to be the very beginning of knowledge (Read Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7).
Without a personal relationship with God, people are spiritually dead, they produce only deceit, damage, and destruction.
If you are unsaved, while there is yet breath in your body, you can receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. He is listening for your call. You can pray to Him in your own words, or by praying and truly believing the prayer below:
PRAYER OF SALVATION:
I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.
When we accept salvation, God saves us immediately, and makes us fit for entrance into Heaven, however some changes God will empower you to make easily, while making other changes will be a process that may take months or even years to make. Regardless of your situation, I assure you that the Lord loves you more than you could ever comprehend, and He will be with you every step of the way. Pray, study God’s Word and ask Him to give you revelation of what you are reading. I also pray that the Lord will direct you to a true Bible teaching, Jesus loving church, where you can have the support of other believers.