Galatians 2:16-21

After reading Galatians 2:16-21, I wanted to understand it better. I went on to read it several times in several versions of the Bible because I just wanted more. Each version had different wording that I felt captured different parts better. Below is my attempt to merge them into a "superversion."

We know very well that we are not made right with God by observing the Law, but only through faith in Jesus Christ. No human being can please God by self-improvement, therefore we have believed in Jesus as the Messiah, so that we may be righteous before God, our righteousness is never obtained by our obedience to the law, because no one can truly follow the Law. If we sin while seeking to be justified in Christ, does this mean that Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not. If I rebuild the system of the Law, that I once destroyed, I prove that I am a sinner. By living according to the Law, I was condemned by it. So by dying to the Law, I was able to live for God. I have been crucified with Christ, my old self is dead, it is no longer I that lives, but Christ lives in me. Because of this, the life I live in this body, I do so by faith in Jesus, who loved me enough to die for me. I refuse to treat God's grace as meaningless, for if we could be made right with God by obedience to the Law, then Christ died for no reason.

How often do we think, I need to read the Bible more, I need to pray more, I need to sin less, I need to be a better man? When we think these thoughts, whether we mean to our not, our focus is on us and our strength. We must instead focus on God, and allow Him to live in and through us

Let's let our prayer be: God, Help me stop trying harder to please You. Help me stop attempting to resurrect my old self. Help me become less and You become more. Holy Spirit, continually renew my mind so I can be a new creation. Jesus, live through me, transform me into Your likeness.

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