There are many today including some
ministers of the Gospel who trust
and believe in their obedience as a
means of being justified and declared
righteous before God.
But according to God's word, this
belief is against the redemptive work
of Christ and an insult to face of Jesus.
The Bible says obeying the law or
trying to be justified by any form of
your works or strength makes the work
of Jesus useless, meaningless, void
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for
if righteousness come by the law, then
Christ is dead in vain.
The word "frustrate" is from Greek word
"atheteo" which means to disesteem,
disregard, cast off, despise, thwart the
efficacy of anything, neutralise, nullify.
These are serious words.
You don't have to insult Jesus to prove
your disrespect or disloyalty to Him,
you just have to trust yourself and
your obedience of the law to make
Many have disrespected Jesus in
the most basic yet important
understanding of His work.
Let's read Galatians 2:21 in different
versions starting with Passion Translation:
"So that is why I don’t view God’s grace
as something minor or peripheral.
For if keeping the law could release God’s
righteousness to us, the Anointed One
would have died for nothing.”
Let's use The Voice Translation:
Galatians 2:21 Voice
 I can't dismiss God's grace, and
I won't. If being right with God depends
on how we measure up to the law, then
the Anointed's sacrifice on the cross
was the most tragic waste in all of history!
Look at RSV:
Galatians 2:21 RSV
 I do not nullify the grace of God;
for if justification were through the law,
then Christ died to no purpose.
Look at NLT:
Galatians 2:21 NLT
 I do not treat the grace of God as
meaningless. For if keeping the law could
make us right with God, then there was
no need for Christ to die.
Let's look at TLB:
Galatians 2:21 TLB
 I am not one of those who treats
Christ's death as meaningless. For if we
could be saved by keeping Jewish laws,
then there was no need for Christ to die.
Well, am not one of those either.
Loom at this in Amplified Classic:
Galatians 2:21 AMPC
 [Therefore, I do not treat God's
gracious gift as something of minor
importance and defeat its very purpose];
I do not set aside and invalidate and
frustrate and nullify the grace
(unmerited favor) of God.
For if justification (righteousness, acquittal
from guilt) comes through [observing the
ritual of] the Law, then Christ (the Messiah)
died groundlessly and to no purpose and
in vain. [His death was then wholly superfluous.]
Look at the Amplified Bible:
Galatians 2:21 AMP
 I do not ignore or nullify the
[gracious gift of the] grace of God
[His amazing, unmerited favor], for if
righteousness comes through [observing]
the Law, then Christ died needlessly.
[His suffering and death would have
had no purpose whatsoever.]"
Look at this in ASV:
Galatians 2:21 ASV
 I do not make void the grace of God:
for if righteousness is through the law,
then Christ died for nought.
I don't know what else you're looking for
but it's so clear. Trusting yourself and
your ability through the law for justification
and righteousness or a right standing
with God is actually dishonoring
Jesus Christ and what He did for you
on the cross.
Christ's work was not meaningless
but we can make it meaningless by trying
to get what He gives us by grace through
Obeying the law of Moses or self imposed
laws as a means of earning God's love,
attention, blessings and kindness is
rebellion against God's system of making
men right with Himself. This is solely
based on the work of Christ and not
Isaac Love Pappoe