“I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.” (Galatians 2:21, NRSVCE)
“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” (Galatians 2:21, NLT)
God Blew It (?)
If we can be righteous by keeping God’s law, then God blew it. He made a serious error in judgment, because at the end of the proverbial day, Jesus didn’t need to die to pay the penalty for our sins. We could make it to heaven on our own merits.
But if what Scripture says is true – that our righteousness before God is entirely, wholly, completely, and inextricably tied to what Jesus did on Calvary, then ‘we’ blow it when we think we can add our works to complete His. We make a deadly error in judgment by rejecting – even in part – Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.
Let’s not blow it. Instead, let’s believe God’s word. Let’s ensure that He receives from us the absolute and undiminished honor that He alone deserves for our salvation. And let us continue to demonstrate our thankfulness to Him by our obedience to His Son.