Verse By Verse Through Galatians (2:17)

17 But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves are found to be sinners, does that make Christ a minister of sin? Certainly not! -Galatians 2:17 BSB

Paul argues that people are made righteous in God’s eyes apart from the Law of Moses. Righteousness cannot come from the Law because the Law acts as a mirror, only showing the individual’s sinful condition. However, by placing our faith in Jesus and accepting what He did for us on the cross, He gives us His righteousness, while the Law, made of stone, cannot do that.

Paul asked a rhetorical question: if a person places their faith in Jesus Christ with the understanding that we are sinners and must abandon the Law to receive the righteousness that comes from faith in Christ, does that suggest Christ is leading us into sin since we are no longer under the Law? His answer is a resounding no. A person’s true conversion does not come through an outward adherence but from within, the heart, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

The Judaizers (Christians who bond themselves to the Law, see Acts 15:1), at the time of Paul—who can be found even today—were teaching the churches that salvation is obtained by having faith in Jesus Christ and keeping the Law. They were probably advocating that those who have abandoned the Law for faith in Jesus alone are still living in sin, as they no longer adhere to the Law, specifically, circumcision. However, Paul makes it clear in Galatians 5:2-4 that those who want to revert to the Law are forfeiting their faith in Christ.

Podcast: What It Means To Trust In The Lord

Trusting in the Lord means that you believe everything God said in the Scriptures concerning His trustworthiness. If we doubt, we are saying that God cannot be trusted. God can only be pleased when we trust Him no matter our situation. God’s Word and prayer are what feed our faith. That is how you get close to God and prepared for the storm. 

How Close Are We To The End Times And The Return Of Jesus Christ?

Who has heard of such as this? Who has seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be delivered in an instant? Yet as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children. -Isaiah 66:8 BSB

The beginning of the End Times started with the rebirth of the Jewish nation of Israel in 1948. No other known nation in history came into existence in a day, especially one whose people were being killed by their enemy, to wipe them out from the face of the earth (the holocaust). For the Antichrist to be here, there needs to be a Jewish State, see 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

Another sign that we are living in the End Times and the close return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is in the mass exodus of sound doctrine from professing Christian in favor of being accepted by the culture so that they won’t be persecuted and through false messages from false teachers. Many false Christs will arise and say that they are Jesus and deceive many. Those signs are in multiple places in the Scriptures. See below.

17 But they themselves have no root, and they remain for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. -Mark 4:17 BSB

5 For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many…10 At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, 11 and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. -Matthew 24:5, 10 BSB

Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 influenced by the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. -1 Timothy 4:1-2 BSB

3 Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness—the son of destruction—is revealed. -2 Thessalonians 2:3 BSB

There are many more signs I can go into, but these make it clear what type of Christians we ought to be in a crooked and wicked generation. Godless leaders are plunging this world into deep darkness. They are getting it ready for the Antichrist.