Hi Everyone, I need some help understanding Gal. 2:18, which says, "For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor..."(NKJV)I understand that Paul is talking about justification through Christ as opposed to works and that if it were not for the law, we would not know what sin is...what i don't understand is what did Paul destroy?...i think he's talking about sin, but how could he as a human being destroy that, when it is Christ who cleanses us from sin? Thanks for the input.Sonya
Hi SonyaPaul is addressing false teaching here. In the section before this i.e. Gal 2:11-16 he talks about having to reprimand Peter for teaching newly converted Gentiles to live like Jews.He goes on to focus on the danger of this teaching. Nobody will be justified by the works of the law, but only in Christ (v16)It is this [b]teaching[/b] (of being justified by the works of the law) that Paul is talking about having 'torn down'. He did this in his epistle to the Romans (see Romans 8v4).EDIT - The argument of verses 17 and 18 is Man is guilty and needs a spotless righteousness. This righteousness can be obtained, not through law-keeping, but through Christ believing. A professor of the doctrine of salvation by faith who preaches salvation by works, re-erects the legal structure which he himself cast down and so proves himself to be a 'transgressor' in having thrown it down. But Christ told him to throw it down, and so Christ taught him to do what was sinful, therefore Christ is a minister of sin! "God forbid" exclaims the Apostle. The law is divinely perfect; man is hopelessly impotent, hence it is useless for him to seek righteousness by the Law. Christ Who is righteousness envisaged by the Law, becomes such to whosoever believes upon Him; and thus He glorifies the Law and redeems the sinner.Hope this helpsDavid
Wow, I just came around this scripture tonight,someone said it talks about the flesh being the foundation that was destroyed. I had no peace about it and prayed and read it in it's context. I came to the same conclusion as davym.I later read a few different commentaries on that verse and none mentioned it being about sin or the flesh.
I was wrestling with it, so that's why I asked. It was the "I destroyed" that confused me. Even though Paul did not destroy the law either, he understood that Christ fulfilled it and to continue to live by it meant that he had no faith in Christ. It's nice to have illumination. thanks again for the input.