Bible Passage:Gal 2:17
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
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If this is true, says Paul, that we are justified by Christ, then it cannot be that we are sinners, or are justified by the Law. On the contrary, if this is not true, but that we must be justified by the Law, and the works of the Law, then it cannot be that we are justified by Christ. Either we are not justified by Christ, or we are not justified by the Law. But the truth is that we are justified by Christ, therefore we are not justified by the Law. The truth of the Gospel teaches us that a man is not justified in the Law, but in Christ, Now, if those that are justified in Christ are still counted as sinners, that is, they still belong to the Law, and are under the Law (as the false apostles teach) , then are they not yet justified, for the Law accuses them and shows that they continue to be sinners, and requires from them the works of the Law as necessary to their justification. But we know and believe that Christ is a Justifier and a Redeemer from sins. If I attribute this to the Law, then the Law has become my justifier, delivering me from sins because I do the works thereof; so then the Law is Christ, and Christ loses His name, His office, and His glory. A minister of sin is nothing else but a lawgiver, or a schoolmaster of the Law, which teaches good works and love. The proper office of Christ is, after the Law has pronounced a man to be guilty, to raise him up again and to free him from his sins, if he believes the Gospel. For to all that believe, "Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to every one that believes." "He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world" (Rom. 10:4; John 1:30).
I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all and frees us
From the accursed load.
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