Essay Jusitification by Faith

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Justification by Faith
Galatians 2:

This brings us to the doctrinal section of this marvelous epistle, which deals with justification by faith. In this section Paul shows his perspective as a Jew.

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

The Jew in that day looked upon the Gentile as a sinner. In fact, Gentile and sinner were synonymous terms. Therefore, the rebuke that Paul gave shows the folly of lawkeeping -- how really foolish it is to try to be good enough to go to heaven, and how ridiculous to consider others to be sinners when you keep failing at your own lawkeeping.

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
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It would be folly for the Gentiles to turn from grace to the Law which had been unable to justify the Jew.

"Knowing that a man." Now let's pick this verse apart. This is something you can know -- you can know whether you are saved or not. What kind of "man" is this verse speaking about? Anthropos is the Greek word, a generic term meaning "mankind." It speaks of the solidarity of the race, the common humanity that we all have. This breaks the social barrier of color. It breaks the barrier of race. ill.--There is only 1 race, in truth. We all are brown. Some have more dominant brown and some of us less. Racism will always be with us, but it has no real basis. We are all the product of our environment, our choices, etc.

There is no social barrier. All men are on one level before the Cross, and that level happens to be "sinner." You are a sinner. I am a sinner. I don't care who you are, you are a sinner in God's sight.

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law" -- the word 'the' is not in the original; so it should read "not justified by works of law." This includes the Mosaic system, and it includes any legal system. This is what I mean: if you say that you have to join a certain church, or that you have to have a certain experience, or that you have to be baptized to be saved, you are contradicting this verse. "Knowing that a man is not justified by works of law" -- any law. Paul embraces the whole legal system that is found in

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