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. Listen, if not careful, we will find ourselves at last to be teaching and believing Justification by the works of the Law, which is contrary to scripture, even our present text ! Now if we dont properly understand the True Spiritual Nature of being Justified by Faith [Rom 5:1] opposed to being Justified by the works or work of the Law, we are most certain to have false understanding and notion of Justification before God ! Now pay attention, to be Justified by Faith without it being an attempt to be a work of the Law, to be Justified before God, because in and of itself Faith is a work, a deed of the Law Matt 23:23 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Pay attention still, Its only when we understand that forst and foremost and initially, Justification by Faith is solely by the Faith or Faithfulness of Jesus Christ [His Obedience unto death] by His Faithfulness to obey the Law for us, that is on our behalf, The Elect of God or His Body the Church; and this is what Paul means in our text Gal 2:16a 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law[our own faith], but by the faith/faithfulness/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. Take heed, the only way to not fall victim to being Justified by the work of the Law [our own faith] is to acknowledge that first and foremost, that if Christ died for us, that fact alone, apart from any act whatsoever of mine own] constituted me Justified from all sin pertaining to Gods Eternal Law and Justice, and with that have been declared Righteous, not guilty, then thats being Justified by the Faith/ Faithfulness/ Obedience of Jesus Christ, apart from any work of the Law by me, including my Faith that ought to be done Matt 23:23 ! See, when we are given to understand that Christ kept and fulfilled the Law for us, then our Justification before God is seen to be by His Faithfulness and not ours. His Faithfulness did include keeping the Law of Faith which ought to be done by us, or else He could not have been said to fulfill the Law on our behalf Matt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. One of the definitions of the word fulfill as in fulfilling the Law, its the word plēroō: iii.to fulfil, i.e. to cause God's will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God's promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment Meaning Christ's coming, and living and dying, by that all for whom He represented, He obeyed God's Law for them the way it is suppose to be, and failed to do in Adam ! Listen, When Jesus says Heb 10:7 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. But in the Psalm its added Ps 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Christ fulfilled the doing of the whole Law of God in our behalf, so its because of this, we have Been Justified by the Faith of Christ, for He fulfilled the Law. If we say no, we fulfilled the law by our act of Faith, and then God made us Righteous, we then say and affirm what the scripture denies 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. What is your view today ?