"Not justified by the works of the law..."
Text: Galatians 2:16a
A GREAT DIVIDE
The concern of the apostle Paul was not the social tension that was created when Peter backed away from the Gentile believers in the church at Antioch, Syria. The deeper issue is carefully stated in the following text.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law
but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus,
that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law;
for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.