“Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)
Galatians is a book of the Bible written by Paul. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he writes this letter to the church in Galatia, a region in central Asia Minor (present day Turkey). In our scripture for today, Paul teaches that attempting to access forgiveness and salvation by the performance of works of the law is futile. We all, being sinful, cannot keep the perfection commanded by a holy God. Thus, the central purpose of the law is to condemn us and judge us to the point that we come in humility and repentance to faith in Jesus Christ.
Are you still attempting to earn salvation by touting your good works? Do you pridefully think that salvation is a debt that God owes you because of your stellar character? Lay aside any idea that you can reach heaven by any way other than coming as a wretched sinner and throwing yourself upon the mercy of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.