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Galatians 2:17-21 Study Guide

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Galatians 2:17-21

17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Main Idea: We have life in Christ by faith.

Overview: Paul clarifies that our justification by faith in Jesus' work on the cross does not make us perfect; rather, we will continue to sin in this life. But in Christ, our relationship to the law has changed.

Observation and Interpretation

  • In your own words, what does it mean to be justified?
  • How are we justified in the sight of God? Does that change the law?
  • In Galatians 2:20, what does Paul mean that he has been crucified with Christ? Why is this participation so central for Paul?
  • In context, what “nullifies the grace of God”?
  • What is Christ's relationship to the law in Galatians 2:17-21, In Matthew 5:17?

Application

  • We continuously live by faith in something - we desire justification. What areas of your life are challenging to live by faith? Where are you tempted to find your validation?
  • What are the old areas of your life that have a tendency “to rebuild” themselves? What does that say about our life apart from Christ?
  • How do you find ways to depart from grace?
  • What step of faith is God calling you to in light of this passage?

Prayer Point: Ask God for guidance in what areas of your life he wants to work in next. Ask him for the strength to walk by faith rather than resorting to old ways.


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