https: Its higher, Christian meaning is based on the emphasis of freeness in a gift or favor. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. The line of remonstrance is as follows. Comp. ESV I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. "Commentary on Galatians 2:21". "Commentary on Galatians 2:21". Such a basis of justification may come through law, and be personal righteousness, but that is impossible for fallen man. The true way is, by a self-consecrating faith to surrender my all to Christ, by him to be empowered to walk in all the ways of holiness. 2.31; Opera, vol. They do not see their salvation as being as a result of the activity of God, but as arising out of their own activity. https: atheteo See Galatians 3:15 and John 12:48. righteousness. The rendering "made void," adopted by the Revisers, in the sense of "disannul," is doubtless fully authenticated by Galatians 3:15; 1 Timothy 5:12; Hebrews 9:18. Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem: In Galatians 1:18-19, Paul described a trip he made to Jerusalem three years after Jesus met him on the road to Damascus. There would have been no need of these, if righteousness had been from the law. Galatians 2:2 "And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain." The noun form, dikaiosyne, is often translated as “righteousness” (2:21; 3:6, 11b, 21; 5:5). Follow the buttons on the right to get more detail. "Commentary on Galatians 2:21". Hence it is, that though he lives in the flesh, yet he does not live after the flesh. https: We annul God’s grace when we inject our righteousness. 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. Paul concluded by affirming that he did not set aside the grace of God, as Peter had done by his behavior. It will help to simplify it if the reader will keep it before him that the whole passage is to be interpreted in the light of Peter's false attitude - as a remonstrance against a particular state of things. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. As Helmut Koester writes, Paul’s God is “not interested in righteous individuals,” but wants “to create righteousness and justice for people, communities, and for nations. From apo and thnesko; to die off. It is clear therefore clear that faith in Christ alone, and in His saving work alone, is our only hope, and is the only way by which we can magnify the grace of God. 1905. Thus feeling, we shall receive the salvation of the gospel with thankfulness and joy, and show that in regard to us Christ is not "dead in vain." If righteousness come by the law.--What all men seek is justification in the sight of God. https: dikaiosune. Geneva Study Bible{5} I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead {e} in vain. Pulpit CommentaryVerse 21. The fact is, we are justified by Christ. Law was never, like faith, instrumental to justification (cf. 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. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. Thus the apostle concludeth his thesis, laid down Galatians 2:16: That none shall be justified by the works of the law, from two absurdities that would follow upon the contrary, viz. In finishing this section we must draw attention to one fact. God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. The verb ἀθετῶ means "reject," "turn from as from a thing unworthy of regard;" as in Mark 7:9, "Ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your tradition;" Luke 7:30, "The Pharisees and lawyers rejected for themselves the counsel of God;" 1 Thessalonians 4:8, "He that rejecteth [our testimony touching this], rejeeteth not man, but God;" Hebrews 10:28, "A man that hath set at nought Moses' Law;" in which last passage it indicates, but without itself fully describing, a more aggressive disobedience.