New Living Translation
I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.
King James Bible
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Darby Bible Translation
I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness is by law, then Christ has died for nothing.
World English Bible
I don't make void the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!"
Young's Literal Translation
I do not make void the grace of God, for if righteousness be through law -- then Christ died in vain.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:21 Meantime I do not make void - In seeking to be justified by my own works. The grace of God - The free love of God in Christ Jesus. But they do, who seek justification by the law. For if righteousness is by the law - If men might be justified by their obedience to the law, moral or ceremonial. Then Christ died in vain - Without any necessity for it, since men might have been saved without his death; might by their own obedience have been both discharged from condemnation, and entitled to eternal life.
LibraryNor have I Undertaken that in the Present Discourse...
25. Nor have I undertaken that in the present discourse, as it more pertains to thee, who hast laid open the hiding-places of the Priscillianists, so far as relates to their false and perverse dogmas; that they may not seem to have been in such sort investigated as if they were meet to be taught, not to be argued against. Make it therefore more thy work that they be beaten down and laid low, as thou hast made it, that they should be betrayed and laid open; lest while we wish to get at the discovery …
St. Augustine—Against Lying
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Thus the Spirit of Man, Cleaving unto the Spirit of God...
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He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Is there a conflict, then, between God's law and God's promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it.
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