'With God' in the Bible
Although we are Jews by natural birth, and not sinful Gentiles [who do not have a relationship with God],
Yet we know that a man is justified or reckoned righteous and in right standing with God not by works of the Law, but [only] through faith and [absolute] reliance on and adherence to and trust in Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). [Therefore] even we [ourselves] have believed on Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law [for we cannot be justified by any observance of the ritual of the Law given by Moses], because by keeping legal rituals and by works no human being can ever be justified (declared righteous and put in right standing with God).
But if, in our desire and endeavor to be justified in Christ [to be declared righteous and put in right standing with God wholly and solely through Christ], we have shown ourselves sinners also and convicted of sin, does that make Christ a minister (a party and contributor) to our sin? Banish the thought! [Of course not!]
For if I try to build up again what I had already destroyed [i.e., by returning to depend on compliance with the law of Moses to become right with God, after having rejected this system by trusting in Christ to save me], I would certainly be guilty of sin.
For it was by means of [this system of] law-keeping that I [realized I] was dead. This was so I could find life through a relationship with God.
[In doing this] I am not trying to disregard God's unearned favor, for if a person could become right with God by [perfect obedience to the requirements of] the law of Moses, then Christ died for nothing.
[An example of this is] Abraham, who believed God's [promise] and [because of such faith] he was considered right with God.
For all who seek to be right with God by trying to meet all the requirements of the law of Moses are under a curse [from God], because it is written [Deut. 27:26], "Every person is cursed [i.e., cut off from God] who does not continue to obey all of the requirements written in the law of Moses."
but that by law no one is justified with God is evident, because The just shall live on the principle of faith;
Is the Law then contrary and opposed to the promises of God? Of course not! For if a Law had been given which could confer [spiritual] life, then righteousness and right standing with God would certainly have come by Law.
So that the Law served [to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith.
Yes, I declare to every person who attempts to require circumcision [as a means of gaining acceptance with God], that he must also obey everything else required by the law of Moses.
If you seek to be justified and declared righteous and to be given a right standing with God through the Law, you are brought to nothing and so separated (severed) from Christ. You have fallen away from grace (from God's gracious favor and unmerited blessing).
For we, [not relying on the Law but] through the [Holy] Spirit's [help], by faith anticipate and wait for the blessing and good for which our righteousness and right standing with God [our conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action, causes us] to hope.
Search Results by Versions
Search Results by Book
- Matthew (10)
- Mark (3)
- Luke (10)
- John (13)
- Acts (10)
- Romans (52)
- 1 Corinthians (14)
- 2 Corinthians (14)
- Galatians (14)
- Ephesians (7)
- Philippians (5)
- Colossians (6)
- 1 Thessalonians (6)
- 2 Thessalonians (3)
- 1 Timothy (6)
- 2 Timothy (1)
- Titus (3)
- Hebrews (16)
- James (5)
- 1 Peter (13)
- 2 Peter (4)
- 1 John (10)
- 3 John (2)
- Revelation (7)