Justified by Faith
y "We who are Jews by nature, and not z sinners of the Gentiles,
a "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but b by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not c by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
"But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found d sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!
"For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
"For I e through the law f died to the law that I might g live to God.
"I have been h crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh i I live by faith in the Son of God, j who loved me and gave Himself for me.
"I do not set aside the grace of God; for k if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?
Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins.
And by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith.
Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous.
Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
1 John 3:8
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another - to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
1 Corinthians 9:20
And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law.
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Romans 6:8 - 11
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:15
And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
Ephesians 2:4 - 6
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us.
Colossians 3:1 - 4
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?