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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law - Not even of the moral, much less the ceremonial, law. But by the faith of Jesus Christ - That is, by faith in him. The name Jesus was first known by the gentiles; the name Christ by the Jews. And they are not always placed promiscuously; but generally in a more solemn way of speaking, the Apostle says, Christ Jesus; in a more familiar, Jesus Christ. Even we - And how much more must the Gentiles, who have still less pretence to depend on their own works! Have believed - Knowing there is no other way. Because - Considering the demands of the law, and the fate of human nature, it is evident, that by the works of the law - By such an obedience as it requires. Shall no flesh living - No human creature, Jew or Gentile, be justified. Hitherto St. Paul had been considering that single question, Are Christians obliged to observe the ceremonial law? But he here insensibly goes farther, and, by citing this scripture, shows that what he spoke directly of the ceremonial, included also the moral, law. For David undoubtedly did so, when he said, #Psalm 143:2|, the place here referred to, In thy sight shall no man living be justified; which the Apostle likewise explains, #Rom 3:19|,20, in such a manner as can agree to none but the moral law.
Ga 2:16 Knowing. There were certain facts that both of them knew. One of them was that men were justified, that is, forgiven, not by the works of the law, of Moses, but by the faith of Jesus Christ; that is, by the gospel. Both had believed on Christ in order that they might be justified. For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. This passage is found in Ps 143:2 Ro 3:20.
Carlett's comment on 2013-12-04 23:52:04:
The law is a school master given with the intent to be used until Christ, the seed of Abraham came. The law helps us to see our fallibility and therefore our need for a saviour. Breaking any of it which is inevitable brings condemnation. When Jesus came we had an option,between him and law. Jesus has fulfilled the law so that any one who accepts Jesus will be justified by Jesus and not by the law.
Barlyn's comment on 2011-12-26 06:21:36:
Today the law does not justify a person's existence, nor does it give justification of a person's birth into this world. Christ, who died for us, however, is the justification why we exist in this world today possessing all the rights to reach salvation. For in order for us humans to be justified by the law, we must either be equal to it or above it. Example: Adam and Eve, before they sinned, were living above the law, therefore justified that their existence was righteous. But when they sinned, became under the law having to live up to it with no hope of salvation unless they were justified. Thus, something or someone greater (WILLING to pay the price) must had to either be made equal or inferior to them/us so they/we may yet again have a justified reason to live above the law and be restored to their/our first nature. While Adam and Eve's/our sinful, limited, and preoccupied mind could not even come close to think up a reason to justify their/our existence, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, had already placed in action the plan that would permanently justify Adam and Eve's/our existence fully restoring once and for all their/our rights to live eternally. Now, definition of "justified" as specified by Merriam Webster Online dictionary is: 1. To prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable 2. To qualify (oneself) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property. 3. To judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation. 4. To qualify as bail or surety. That said, which of these definitions does Christ not fit?... Not only did Christ didn't consider leaving His throne, but also was concious of the humiliation He was put through as He was made inferior than humankind becoming the ultimate sacrifice to restore salvation to us all.
Terry's comment on 2010-11-22 09:28:44:
In Lamiens term what doe this verse mean? that by faith alone in Jesus Christ is all we need or by our works as well, justifies our faith?
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