Gal 2:16 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. This post will do at least two things, it will take away from the proud religionist his occasion for boasting, and it shall establishe the hated Gospel Truth of limited atonement ! Paul here cutting at the foundation of work Salvation/Justification by saying that a man is not Justified [before God] by the works of the law, meaning any and all conditions that man does, the word law here is without the definite article in the original, so all types of works/ laws are included. The word works, the greek word ergon: work, task, employment; a deed, action; that which is wrought or made, a work. a work or worker who accomplishes something. 2041 /érgon ("work") is a deed (action) that carries out (completes) an inner desire (intension, purpose). That covers the will of man ! It covers any doing, or any behavior ! The word Law nomos: usage, custom, law; in NT: of law in general, plur: of divine laws; of a force or influence impelling to action; of the Mosaic law; meton: of the books which contain the law, the Pentateuch, the Old Testament scriptures in general. That covers any and all commands ! of any law whatsoever a law or rule producing a state approved of God, i. e. by the observance of which we are approved of God, How many in false relgion think like this ? If a man observes water baptism, they become approved before God, or if one obeys the rule or command to repent, they become approved of God based upon that rule of action ! It goes the same for the command or rule to believe the Gospel, or to Have Faith, All these things are attempting to be Justified [before God] by works of law, commands and on and on ! Paul says, but no, a man is not Justified by his doings, but by the Faith/Faithfulness of Jesus Christ. It means that a person/persons, in lieu of anything they did, that they have been Justified, Made Righteous, for they are the same thing, or Made Right before God and with God, by the Faithfulness of Jesus Christ, a Faithfulness of His that culminates in His death upon the Cross Phil 2:8 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient/Faithful unto death, even the death of the cross. So Jesus could say Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. And Christ's Obedience and or Faithfulness unto death, results in all for He died, are made Right, Righteous, Just, Justified before God. The same Truth is found in Rom 5:19b 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience/Faithfulness of one shall many be made righteous. Thats exactly what Gal 2:16 says here 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith/obedience of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Its a done deal, thats why Jesus could say in His expiring moments, this Jn 19:30 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. All for whom He died, which are all those given to Him by the Father in Election of Grace, which had fell in Adam, they have been made Right with God, with an everlasting Righteousness !