Galatians 2:19-21…20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
We are saved by faith in Jesus who died for us, and we live by faith in Jesus, His Spirit lives in us. Jesus loves us and died for us!
21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.
The Judaizers wanted to mix law and grace, but Paul tells us that this is impossible because it would mean Jesus died needlessly. Peter had experienced God’s grace in his own salvation, and he had proclaimed God’s grace in his own ministry. But when he withdrew from the Gentile Christian fellowship, he for a short time denied the grace of God.
We have no record of Peter’s reply to Paul’s rebuke, but Peter’s letters reveal no departure from the Gospel of the grace of God. The theme of 1 Peter is “the true grace of God” [1 Peter 5:12]; and “grace” is used in every chapter of the letter. Peter points out that he and Paul were in complete agreement [2 Peter 3: 15-16].
It brings great peace to know that a person justified by faith has peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ [Romans 5:1]. God has not only declared that we are righteous in Jesus, but He deals with us as though we had never sinned at all! We don’t need to fear judgment because our sins have already been judged in Jesus on the cross [Romans 8:1].
Am I rejoicing in the fact that I am justified by faith in Jesus?