Galatians 2:21

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I doe not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousnes come by the Lawe, then Christ is dead in vaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness {comes} through the Law, then Christ died needlessly."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I do not make void the grace of God: for if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nought.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I do not make the grace of God of no effect: because if righteousness is through the law, then Christ was put to death for nothing.
- Basic English Bible

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness [is] by law, then Christ has died for nothing.
- Darby Bible

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness is attainable by the law, then Christ hath died in vain.
- Webster's Bible

I do not nullify the grace of God; for if acquittal from guilt is obtainable through the Law, then Christ has died in vain."
- Weymouth Bible

I don't make void the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!"
- World English Bible

Y caste not awey the grace of God; for if riytwisnesse be thoruy lawe, thanne Crist diede with out cause.
- Wycliffe Bible

I do not make void the grace of God, for if righteousness [be] through law -- then Christ died in vain.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 2:21


2:21 Meantime I do not make void - In seeking to be justified by my own works. The grace of God - The free love of God in Christ Jesus. But they do, who seek justification by the law. For if righteousness is by the law - If men might be justified by their obedience to the law, moral or ceremonial. Then Christ died in vain - Without any necessity for it, since men might have been saved without his death; might by their own obedience have been both discharged from condemnation, and entitled to eternal life.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 2:21


Ga 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God. "Make void", in the Revised Version. He would do so, if he went back to the Jewish law, and trusted in it. If it gave righteousness, then the gospel was not needed, and "Christ died in vain". NOTE.--The account in this chapter of Paul's visit to Jerusalem, and of his controversy with Peter, is utterly inconsistent with the Romish doctrine of the supremacy of Peter. No Pope could or would allow a bishop or cardinal to "rebuke him openly", as Paul did Peter. So, too, the reference of the controversy in Acts 15, to "the apostles and elders" (Ac 15:6), instead of to Peter, and the final judgment of James, which was received, contradict the Vatican system. Indeed, the doctrine of popedom is utterly inconsistent with the whole tenor of the Acts, and the Pauline Epistles. This meeting at Antioch is the last between Peter and Paul of which the New Testament gives record. Early church tradition, however, reports that they met once in Rome, where they were tried and condemned on the same day, and then parted, Peter to be crucified on the hill of the Janiculum, and Paul, the Roman citizen, to be beheaded at the Three Fountains on the Ostian Way. Could we rely upon this tradition it would seem fitting that the two greatest apostles, of the Circumcision and of the Uncircumcision, should lay down their burdens together and go side by side to report their work to their common Lord.

Discussion for Galatians 2

  • Irene123
    To Bro. Daniel FC on Gal. ch. 2 - I answered your question about the flood-time 'laws' 3 wks. ago. I'm not one to debate God's word. There's nothing wrong with that; I just don't do it.
  • Bro. Daniel FC
    To: Irene 123 Part 1 Are you saying that God destroyed the antediluvians in spite of the fact that they had no laws to guide them in righteousness? Is God unfair? Sin is the transgression of the law 1Jn. 3:4, and the wages of sin is death Rom. 6:23.
  • Bro. Daniel FC
    Part 2
    Why would Cain and Abel bring sacrifices, unless God instructed them to? Most likely the first family received other instructions/laws. Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat from a certain tree, under the death penalty. They disobeyed and sin entered into the world. That is why Christ had to die, to atone for their and our sins.
  • BSP
    Verse 21 brings out a good point. If righteousness is by the Law alone, then Christ died for nothing.
  • BSP
    In verses 11 through 13 Peter was counseled publicly, but he humbly accepted it. It takes humility in order to accept counsel and to apply it.
  • Lonnie Maddox Sr
    Galatians Remind me we should follow Christ .

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