Gal. 2:15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Justification By Christ Alone17. Christ Says The Saints Are Without Sin~
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
This verse is used by many to teach that obedience to God is not a requirement for Salvation. This is one of the foundation blocks of most mainstream religions.
Since I have learned the scriptures outside the influence of modern religions, I see the scriptures differently and would like to have a discussion about this verse. I would like to ask some questions and post some scriptures. I am not trying to promote any religion, rather, to have an honest discussions about what the Bible says.
Because Christ says that we are without sin. We may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world~ 1st John 4:17
. How is Christ, I pray, sure He is without sin, for so say the Scriptures: In him is no sin~1st John 3:5; Hebrews 9:28
. Thus we are now, as we are in Christ in respect of His righteousness, which is ours though it be in Him. I say this, our perfection and happiness, is in respect of our justification, and as we are in Christ. For, as we are in our selves simply so considered, though we were never out of Christ, in our bodies in the flesh, we are not capable of so great a perfection in this life. For the Apostle says~If any man saith he hath no sin, he is a liar, and deceives himself... 1st John 1:8,9
. But those Scriptures are all true. Therefore, we are all fair, without fault and spot. We are so as we are in Christ. So, we were made all this by God's election of grace. And seeing it must be true also that we have sin, and do sin, that is, as we are in our flesh in our bodies, and seeing we are so notwithstanding conversion and faith, therefore, our believing, etc., has not made us so perfect
. Therefore, Christ by his life of faith and obwdience, made us so, and so presented us to God, Colossians 1:20, 22
that we have considered several times already.18. Christ Alone did all that was needed~
Because Christ did all that was needful to be done to make us perfect, and present us holy. For what can be more required to the justification of a sinner before God than to be free from all sin? Is not he that is no sinner a righteous person? Must not he that is free from all sin, of necessity, appear just to Him that knows he is so as God does? It is all one to be free from sin and to be perfectly righteous. 1st Corinthians 5:21; 1st John 1:7
. There is no medium betwixt them:
By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities~said Isaiah....So that His bearing their iniquity was that which did justify them; and by His knowledge of God's perfect will viz. whom He justified, Isaiah 53:11
.19. Christ did This work upon the cross~
Christ, upon the cross, did this work for us, because the Scripture says, He hath washed away our sins in his own blood, Revelation 5:1
. Therefore, they are done away. To say that they are not done away is to contradict God in His Word. It is very dishonorable to Jesus Christ that He should be manifested to take away our sins~ 1st John 3:5
, that Christ should come to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, etc., Daniel. 9:24; 2nd Corinthians 5:21
, and yet this work is still to do. What is this but to say, Christ came not to do it, or if He came to do it, He did not do it. For He did it not, if it be still to do.20. A finished work~
Because Christ says this work is finished, therefore it is so
. For He is the faithful and true witness. Therefore, we may believe it and affirm it is done. “These words spake Jesus, I have glorified thee on earth: I have finished the work thou gavest me to do. Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished (that the Scripture might be fulfilled) saith, I thirst. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost, John 19:28, 30 and 17:1-5
. The work God gave Christ to do was the work of our salvation, which consisted in taking and destroying our sins, and presenting us holy, without spot to God. This He did by being made sin for us, this so we might be made (by his being made sin for us) the righteousness of God in him~ 2nd Corinthians 5:21
.The Sum And Substance of Christ Dying For Us~
Therefore, if when Christ died was the time this was to be done, and if Christ was ordained to do it, if Christ was mighty to save, if Christ took flesh to do this work, if it was the will of God that he should do it, if Christ came on purpose to do it, if our sins were laid upon Christ and He suffered the punishment the curse of them, if He has redeemed us, if it was prophesied of Him that He should justify many and that His work should prosper, if Christ did answer His types, if He has exceeded all the Priests and sacrifices under the Law; if there needs no more offerings for sin; if Christ has done all the Law required, if Christ has done what He came to do, if we are justified by His blood, if He has made us holy, and presented us without spot, if we are free from all sin, if Christ has done all that can be done to make us just and righteous, if Christ did wash away our sins in His own blood, if Christ has said, “It is finished;” then it’s done, it’s done, it’s done, perfectly and completely done. Then what I have said is fully proved namely, that Jesus Christ, by once offering, the sacrifice of Himself, when He was on the Cross, put an end to sin and so destroyed all the sins of His people for ever and presented them just, righteous, and holy, without spot, etc. before God!Here is a fountain of consolation~
Oh, what a fountain of consolation here! What marrow and fatness is here. What sweetness if like to this, to all who believe? Who now may say, once sin was mine, then it was laid upon Christ and now they are neither mine nor His because they are not at all
: For by His blood He washed them all away; and now they are all gone, blotted out, and shall be remembered no more, no more, no more. Now Christ’s righteousness is mine, as well as His, for I was made the righteousness of God in him
~2nd Corinthians 5:21
. And I did nothing at all to procure these things to me
.The appearance of free grace~
In this appears free grace. Here is Christ, and Christ alone, and nothing but Christ.
All things else pass away, because they are under the Sun~ Eccl. 1:2. They are full of mutation and change. Faith may be obscured and the soul greatly deserted, so as to see no light, Isaiah 50:11
, yet when at the worst, they need not be comfortless, John 14:18
, for still God is their God, and their lives are hid with Christ in God, Colossians 3:3
~Who is the same today, yesterday, and for ever....Hebrews 13:5. We change often, but he never changeth~Malachi 3:6
. In this is our happiness, comfort, and glory. Even then when we cannot apprehend Him, yet were we in Him, Ephesians 1:4.
So we are, and ever shall be in Him and one with Him, and are comprehended of Him: 1st John 5:20
. Because I live,”saith Christ, ye shall live also....John 14:19
. What doctrine in religion is more sweet and comfortable, more necessary or profitable, yea, or more honorable to the Lord Jesus Christ?
This is that which holds forth the love of God, that sets the Crown upon His head, and will not give His glory to another, Isaiah 42:8; Jeremiah 4:2
. This will have Christ to be our life....Colossians 3:4
; peace, Ephesians 1:14
; glory, Isaiah 45:25
. This is that which thrusts us out of our selves, our life, our righteousness, Romans 10:3
; Titus 3:5
, to His, to live in Him, and caused us to say, O Lord thou art our righteousness~Ezra 9:15
, The Lord our righteousness~ which life is most sweet and serviceable because this is sure, and more spiritual
. In a word, this makes Christ all in all
, Colossians 3:11
, and exalts Him above all, which is His place, Psalms 89:19
.The life of our souls is Christ in us~
Surely that which is the life of our souls, upon which the eternal happiness of our souls depends, is not in any thing in us, but is Christ in him It lies in Him, so that it may be kept safe for us. So that we might not live upon any thing within us, faith is given that by it we may live out of our selves in another, even the Lord Jesus where our life is.Why life and happiness is not infused in us~
Surely if our life and happiness had been infused in us, we should have lived in our selves and not upon God. Adam had his life in him and he lost it. Therefore, it’s better for us that our life is hid in Christ in God.This doctrine comforts God’s people~
This is comfortable indeed. God says: Comfort ye my people, speak comfortably unto her, tell her that her warfare is accomplished, and her iniquity is pardoned,” etc..This doctrine is good news from heaven~
This is good news from heaven indeed. This great work is finished. It is not now to do, neither for faith nor thee. Oh see that ye add not, nor detract from it. If thou be Christ’s, it’s thine. Apply it, take comfort in it. Admire God’s love and His free grace. Give God all the glory of it. Give none of it to faith nor to anything else. Rejoice in God and thy union with Him. Witness to His truth and suffer for Him. Serve, love, live, and die with Him and His.