You can’t justify yourself before God by doing better at keeping His rules.

You can’t justify yourself before God by doing better at keeping His rules.

BibleGateway: Galatians 2:1-16

ESV Text: Galatians 2:1-16

Galatians 2:1–16 (Listen)

Paul Accepted by the Apostles

2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Paul Opposes Peter

11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.1 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Justified by Faith

15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified2 by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Footnotes

[1] 2:12 Or fearing those of the circumcision

[2] 2:16 Or counted righteous (three times in verse 16); also verse 17

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KJV Text:

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     1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

     11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 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. 13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. 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? 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 324 (LSB 609):
Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

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1. Jesus sinners doth receive; 
Oh, may all this saying ponder 
Who in sin’s delusions live 
And from God and heaven wander! 
Here is hope for all who grieve– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

2. We deserve but grief and shame, 
Yet His words, rich grace revealing, 
Pardon, peace, and life proclaim. 
Here their ills have perfect healing 
Who with humble hearts believe– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

3. Sheep that from the fold did stray 
No true shepherd e’er forsaketh: 
Weary souls that lost their way 
Christ, the Shepherd, gently taketh 
In His arms that they may live– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

4. Come, ye sinners, one and all, 
Come, accept His invitation; 
Come, obey His gracious call, 
Come and take His free salvation! 
Firmly in these words believe: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

5. I, a sinner, come to Thee 
With a penitent confession; 
Savior, mercy show to me 
Grant for all my sins remission. 
Let these words my soul relieve: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

6. Oh, how blest it is to know; 
Were as scarlet my transgression, 
It shall be as white as snow 
By Thy blood and bitter Passion: 
For these words I now believe: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

7. Now my conscience is at peace, 
From the Law I stand acquitted; 
Christ hath purchased my release 
And my every sin remitted. 
Naught remains my soul to grieve,– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

8. Jesus sinners doth receive. 
Also I have been forgiven; 
And when I this earth must leave, 
I shall find an open heaven. 
Dying, still to Him I cleave– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 


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