If the Gospel were not of God we had never heard of the denial and prevarication of Peter, nor of the contention between Paul and Barnabas. 1 Maccabees 15:27. If following the law is how people are made right with God, then Christ did not have to die. "Commentary on Galatians 2:21". Paul wants the Galatians to see that those of us who live in the period of Christ/faith gain righteousness through that means and no other. Galatians 2:21. Nothing has transpired of any later intercourse between the two apostles. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. For if righteousness come by the law; for if it be possible, that a man by works done in obedience to the law should arrive at a righteousness, in which he may stand before God, then is Christ dead in vain; then Christ died to no purpose, or without any just cause: the reason of this must be, because it was the main and principal end of Christâs death, to procure or purchase a righteousness wherein sinners might stand before God, to bring in an everlasting righteousness, Daniel 9:24. The term of itself stands in vivid contrast to that slavish, anxious, never assured working for acceptance, which characterized the Jewish legalist, and characterizes the legalist Christian as well. But for those who really believed The Law could save them, the ritual of The Law would condemn them eternally! It follows also that when people depend on their own amiableness, and morality, and good works, they would feel no need of a Saviour; and this is the true reason why the mass of people reject the Lord Jesus. 1974. It is then really obedience that saves, not Christ. To believe in Christ is to be crucified with Him and to have Him replace your sinful self in you. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Galatians 2:21". According to Paul, he received a “revelation” (1:12, 16) of Jesus and a call (in the manner of the prophet Jeremiah) to become a proclaimer of the gospel. 3:6). Do not frustrate the grace of God; set it aside as of no efficacy, as do the false teachers, by going back to the law for justification. To be dying, be about to die, wither, decay. Those who come behind Paul tell the Galatians that Paul had given them only part of the story and that they did, in fact, have to submit to circumcision and keeping the Law to be part of God’s salvation plan. Also, it assigns Jesus an entirely passive role. But the exiled Jews of the stricter party, who clung to their old Judaism like ivy to a ruined tower, and clung to it all the more keenly on account of this proscription, repaired to Pella, their refuge under the first siege, and the Ebionite community so originated survived till the fifth century. Abraham believed God and it was reckoned unto him as righteousness (Galatians. 1897-1910. frustrate. Neither by his own life, by a course of conduct which would show that it had no influence over the heart and conduct, nor by the observance of Jewish rites and customs, would he do anything to render that inefficacious. It is strictly “to set out of position,” i.e. 2013. But the inference is false that Christ is thereby shown to be a minister of sin. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/galatians-2.html. Paul worries that by submitting to circumcision, the Galatians will think that they have to adopt the whole law. iI would like to thank Mr. Blessed Lord! See Galatians 2:16 notes. But this was only a profession, for no one could really keep the Law. Apparently, some chafed at the idea of Gentiles not having to keep the Law. "Commentary on Galatians 2:21". dikaiosune. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. then Christ is dead in vain; there was no necessity for his dying: he died without any true reason, or just cause; he died to bring in a righteousness which might have been brought in without his death, and so his blood and life might have been spared, his sufferings and death being entirely unnecessary; which to say is to cast contempt upon the wisdom, love, and grace of God in this matter, and to offer the greatest indignity to the person, character, sufferings, and death of Christ. For he felt that the one source of justification was grace, and that the medium of it was grace embodied in the incarnate Son. Nobody can be justified in God's eyes by the works of the law, but only by faith in Christ. It follows from this, that man cannot be justified by his own morality, or his alms-deeds, or his forms of religion, or his honesty and integrity. - I do not frustrate the grace of God (οὐκ ἀθετῶ τὴν χάριν τοῦ Θεοῦ); I do not reject the grace of God. The grace of God (τὴν χάριν τοῦ θεοῦ). Ronald on Galatians 2:21 this verse teaches that if you add any thing to the grace of God,it makes void the gift,it nullifies the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8,9 Titus 3:5 John 1:12 Acts 15:11. “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”. It may even be that some had said that Paul made void the grace of God because he rejected the Law and covenant so graciously given. Then Christ is dead in vain.—If the Law had been enough to give actual righteousness to its votaries, and with righteousness the judicial declaration of freedom from guilt, then there would have been nothing for Christ to die for. Tittmann, Synon. Christ died (not ‘is dead,’ E. V.) for nought, or ‘uselessly,’ ‘gratuitously,’ i.e., without good cause; not ‘in vain’ (i.e., without fruit or effect). Christ's having died, shows that the law has no power to justify us; for if the law can justify or make us righteous, the death of Christ is superfluous [Chrysostom]. God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. Galatians 2:20 is a key passage: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:21— I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained by the law, Christ died for nothing.” To Christians this verse would mean that Paul is saying that he’s not refusing to rely on God’s grace (help) and relying on the following of church rules to become a good person. The Argument Leading Up to 2:15 Paul’s letter to the Galatians begins with a defense of his own apostolic authority, which has clearly been contested by the teachers who come behind him after he leaves Galatia. Use the buttons below to get details on the Greek word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word. And their profession is accordingly; they have the form of godliness without the power of it. The Law professed to make righteous those who complied with its provisions. If it is seen as the means of our salvation it can only destroy us. Worldly prudence and fleshly wisdom would have concealed this account of the prevarication of Peter; but God tells truth. But, he says, it is not he who makes void the grace of God, it is they. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/galatians-2.html. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. This is given to the just or righteous. Paul concluded by affirming that he did not set aside the grace of God, as Peter had done by his behavior. See Galatians 5:3-4. This is plain. Wherefore it may be strongly concluded, that there is no righteousness by the law of works, nor to be attained that way, otherwise Christ had never died; and that justification is solely and alone by his righteousness.