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

  • MockingBird for verse 20
    When I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I was crucified with Christ : As to this day I am crucifying the flesh daily : I have been raised together with Him set with Him in heavenly places : Nevertheless , even though I died I live : Yet not I but Christ liveth in me and the life that I now live I live by the faith His faith : the gift of God who loved me and still loves me : and gave Himself for me. Praise God I am alive to God : I am alive to doing things through Him !!!
  • Lilian
    Jesus have come to give us life in abundance. We are saved by his grace as God's grace are sufficient enough for us to be saved. Our Faith comes only by hearing the word of God as God's words are powerful to meditate than prayers. Jesus is the bread of life and the light of the world He who believes in him will not be perish but have an everlasting life. What a promising God and what a faithful Father to his words given for us. Jesus made everything new our job now is to believe in him, follow him and obey his words. He who loves him will keep his commandments. Thanks to Jesus for his blood that shed for us. Through his precious blood only our sins are washed away, our ungodly things are cleansed. We need only to trust Jesus and live like him until rapture. I will keep praising God and thank him for he is worthy to be praised. Amen
  • Paul Says Were are crusified with christ ,is true because he himself was an apostle of the Lord, galatians 2:20 teaches us that christ died once and for all, hence we should belief in christ our saviour who paid the price for sin, by our faith should we know that we were crusified with HIM
  • Naas immelman for verse 20
    I am sure that all the children of God now lives in Jesus Christ,although still in the flesh, by His faith.He is the New testament arch,as Noah was in the arch we are in Jesus Christ therefor nothing can divide us ever from Him again.
  • This is Romans 6-8, condensed into one verse. Notice the first half of the verse summarizes our death and resurrection with Christ. But the latter half of the verse focuses on our life of faith in Christ as our enabler. Progressive sanctification or, we could say, the resurrected life is by faith. That doesn t mean we sit back passively and do nothing. It means we trust our Lord to enable us in our doing! Paul makes very clear that sanctification is by faith. Credit James Hollandsworth - LIving the Resurrected Life pt.2
  • Michael Walker for verse 18
    It certainly gives you a great perspective on Paul 's frame of mind and degree of conviction in his faith, at the time. More importantly however, he emphasizes how critical it becomes for followers of Christ to refrain from reverting back to Legalism which works counter to their faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the Cross and prevents them from justification.

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