One of the apostle Paul’s great explanations of salvation by faith, and not works, is set out in the June 12 Lectionary passage found at Galatians 2:15-21:
“We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed [i.e., the wall between Jewish and Gentile believers] then I really would be a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Pastor Karen Witt’s June 12 sermon on this passage (and so much more …!) is here. Listen and come to a deeper appreciation for our Lord who loves and saves us.