Not Justified By Works of Law but Faith in Christ (Galatians 2: 15-16)
Scripture: Galatians 2: 15–2:16
The issue of Peter's hypocrisy is still under discussion in these verses. Verse 15 is likely still part of the quotation of what Paul said to Peter that stated a common Jewish idiom (we are not sinners like the Gentiles). At issue is the ground for Christian fellowship that being what God has done for us through the gospel and nothing else. It is not about who is the better type of Christian (supposedly). Paul cites scripture (Psalm 143:2) to prove that no one will be justified by works of the law. This sermon puts the gospel front and center, from beginning to end. The gospel is not pleasing to men, but is the power of God for salvation. Right standing before God at the eschatological judgment is the key issue. Faith not works is the truth of the gospel. Christ is to be the object of our faith, not our own self-perceived goodness.
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