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#2) Galatians 2:16

"Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified."


Although there are dozens of verses that repeat these truths (John 3:16, Acts 16:31), none do so more emphatically than this one.  You get the feeling that somebody has been arguing with Paul that we are justified by our works, and Paul finally states the truth as adamantly as possible.  Over and over in this passage, he declares that man is justified through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works. 

Faith is crucial in the Christian life, both for eternal salvation and for our earthly stewardship.  Faith constitutes our part of salvation, but even it comes from God (Ephesians 2:8).  Our daily walk must incorporate our faith in God, as we strive to please Him and bring glory to Him.  Hebrews 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."