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. - Gal. 2:16 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, - Rom. 4:6 There are those on this forum who define "works of the law" in Galatians and "without works" in Romans to refer to the act of circumcision in becoming a Jew and thus proselyte to Judaism. They claim that these passages refer to acts 15 and that what Paul is repudiating is the idea that one must become a Jew under the Mosaic Law to be saved. They repudiate the idea that the "works of the law" and "without works" repudiates justification by personal obedience to God's commandments. However, both the context of Romans and Galatians use Abraham as the model to prove that we are justified by faith without works and that repudiates their entire interpretation because: 1. Abraham was a GENTILE 2. Abraham was justified without works before Judaism existed 3. Abraham was justiifed without works 430 years before the Mosaic Law Covenant 4. Abraham was justified without works by faith before he was circumcised. 5. We are justified by faith without works EVEN AS Abraham Therefore, Paul is repudiating not merely justification by becoming a Jew through cirucmcision and obedience to the Mosaic Law but he is repudiating justification by personal obedience to any command of God before, during or after Moses and Judaism. This is proven by Romans 4:1-12.