“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:21 KJV
Have you ever wondered what it means to frustrate the grace of God? According to the anchor verse, it means to make the death of Christ ineffective. How does that happen?
Let’s read the anchor verse in the Holman Christian Study Bible version:
“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.”
To frustrate the grace of God is to set aside the work of salvation that God has wrought in Christ through attempting to earn it by keeping the law. It is an attempt to attain righteousness by works.
When you read the preceding verses, Galatians 2:17-20, You’ll see Paul explain that we are not guilty of disobeying the law because we have been made right with God through our faith in Christ.
Therefore there is no need to try to meet all the requirements of the law because we now have the life of Christ and so we live out our new life in Christ. He goes further to say that if we trust in the law, we make the grace of God meaningless and of no effect.
Imagine, you win a scholarship to the best institution in the world to study, all expenses paid. Then after accepting the scholarship, you began to pay tuition every semester. This is unnecessary!
There was no need for you to pay in the first place since you won a scholarship. Your tuition has already been paid for! By attempting to pay it all over again, you are defeating the purpose of the scholarship.
In the same vein, we have to recognise that we’ve been bought with a price and all our sins have been forgiven (1 Corinthians 6:20). We do not need to try to work off our debt. Instead, we are to live our life for the One who gave His life for us ( 2 Corinthians 5: 15).
Remember, our works of righteousness are not a means to attain salvation but a result of it.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 6:45-56, 1Cor 11:17-34, Psalms 87, Judges 10-12.