GB, the "works of the Law" refers to all works that must be done by the man which are written in the book of the law, not only those related for the atonement of sin.
In verse 16, Paul says concerning how a man is justified:
a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ
Do you understand what Paul is saying there, and can you accept what he says there?
I understand the popular religious teaching, I acknowledged it in the thread. The whole point of the thread is that what the Bible teaches, and what the religions of the land teaches is not united, at least in my view, and here is why I believe this way.
Paul also says
Rom. 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified
Is Paul contradicting himself?
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves
Is James and Paul united in their Faith and understanding?
Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Is Paul, Peter, James united in their Faith and understanding of God's Word?
Matt. 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
iniquity (Transgress God's Commandments).
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them
, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Is Jesus and Paul and James and Peter united here? Of one mind? Do you understand what all four, including the Lord's Christ, are saying here?
Ex. 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that
love me, and keep
Is this not the Same Christ who came to earth as a man in the person of Jesus?
So Michael, may I humbly suggest that your teaching;
"the "works of the Law" refers to all works that must be done by the man which are written in the book of the law, not only those related for the atonement of sin."
Is clearly not the teaching of Jesus, both before and after He came to earth as a man, nor does it agree with Paul, or James or Peter.
So how can you reconcile your religious statement in the face of such evidence against it. Not from some "Great Theologian" or some preacher of a religious franchise, but from the Word's of the Holy Bible?
I too, was once convinced as you are. And had no small struggle to unite what God's Word said, with what the religions of the land say.
But if I understand that the Jews were still performing the "works of the Law" that God gave to Moses for the specific purpose of justifying sin, and that Paul was speaking Specifically about them "15 We who are Jews by nature
, and not sinners of the Gentiles,".
Then the entire Bible unites with the Christ, Paul, Peter, James, in fact "Every Word of God".
There is no contradiction in the Bible, only in the religious traditions of man.
Please don't just blow this off, show me where, in God's Word, that this understanding I have is not aligned with Him and His Word.