Sunday July 4, 2021

What Does it Mean to be Justified by Faith?  Gal 2:11-16

 

Introduction – Justification seems like an intimidating theological term

I.  Paul Opposes Peter to his face – verses 11-14

     A.  Paul confronts Peter because he refuses to eat with the Gentiles

     B.  Peter’s hypocrisy leads even Barnabas astray

     C.  Peter was forcing the Gentiles to follow Jewish customs

     D.  Jesus did not come to abolish the law but fulfill it

                1.  Mt 5:17

                2.  Mk 7:18

II.  Justified by Faith – verses 15-16

     A.  Jews by birth

     B.  Not “Gentile sinners”

     C.  Man is not justified by observing the law

                1.  Justified – “dikaioo” in Greek

     D.  But by faith in Jesus Christ

                1.  Faith – “pistis” in Greek

     E.  Justification as a legal argument

                1.  Importance of recognizing sin as sin

III.  What does it mean to me to be justified by faith?

     A.  To be made right with God by believing in Jesus and trusting Him

     B.  To be Justified is to be “just as if I didn’t sin”

     C.  Eph 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith”

Conclusion