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Galatians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two


V.16 ** Paul begins verse sixteen with "nevertheless" to illustrate that the Jews share a common need with the "sinners from among the Gentiles". The need is so great that he mentions it three times here in verse sixteen. What is that need?

Our common need for "justification".

** Biblically speaking, what does that mean?

To be found as "just" before a Holy God. Because of the Cross of Calvary, our sin has been taken away and the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, making us "justified" before our Father in heaven. When that transaction has taken place, God sees me "just-if-I'd" never sinned.

Romans 4:5 - God "...justifies the ungodly..." Romans 5:1 - We are "...justified by faith..."
Galatians 3:24-26 - Again,...justified by faith..." 2Corinthians 5:21 - "He made Him...to be sin..that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

** As we consider the wonder of our salvation, the free gift from God toward those who believe, what are the three phases or elements of that salvation?

1) Justification - Past, which we have just seen.
2) Sanctification - Present, 1Thessalonians 4:3-5
3) Glorification - Future, Romans 8:16-17, 29-30

Our salvation is secure in the hands of the One who called us by His grace into an eternal relationship with His Son. cf. Philippians 1:6

** Getting back into Galatians 2:16, how can a person become justified before a Holy God?

"...through faith in Christ Jesus..."

** Is there anyway possible for a human being to become justified before God by his own fleshly effort?

Absolutely not! "...since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified."
(Psalm130:3-4 and Romans 3:23)

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