How Can A Sinner Be Acceptable To God?
Jesse M. Hendley
We are studying from the second chapter of Paul's
epistle to the Galatians an important statement
regarding Peter. But the main question here is, "How
can a sinner be acceptable to God, meet God's
approval, satisfy the requirements for justification?
Justification means acceptableness with God. How can a
lost sinner (condemned and deserving hell) approach
God, be acceptable to God, be approved by God, be
received and welcomed by God? Will he do it by keeping
commandments of the Old Testament and going through
ceremonies, or will he do it simply by faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ? Certainly both cannot be true.
There is only one way.
Now this is a very important statement because,
remember, this is the background of the letter to the
Galatians. Paul had preached to the Galatians that
salvation is by simple faith in Jesus, and they were
saved and built churches and worshipped the Lord and
went on in their work for the Lord. Then along came
some Jewish religious teachers who taught these same
people that that is not enough. They said, "In
addition to believing on Christ, if you are to be
saved and accepted by God and approved by God, you
must also be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses.
You've got to come through Moses to Christ. It is
Moses and Christ. It is the Old Testament and the
New." This is a vital thing because many people today
are deceived at this very point. May God make the true
way of salvation very clear to us now.
First, let's read slowly and carefully Galatians 2:16.
"Knowing that a man is NOT justified by the works of
the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, that we
might be justified (accepted with God as righteous) by
faith in Christ, and NOT by the works of the law: for
the works of the law shall no flesh (no human being)
be justified (accepted, approved, and received by God
This is ...
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