If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker.
The LORD frustrates the counsel of the nations; He thwarts the plans of the peoples.
He also said to them, "You completely invalidate God's command in order to maintain your tradition!
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified.
Is the law therefore contrary to God's promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.
Take note! I, Paul, tell you that if you get circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all.
Again I testify to every man who gets circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law.
You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace!
Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God's righteousness.
Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.
If, then, perfection came through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise in the order of Melchizedek, and not to be described as being in the order of Aaron?
But I myself said: I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and futility; yet my vindication is with the LORD, and my reward is with my God.
How can you claim: We are wise; the law of the LORD is with us? In fact, the lying pen of scribes has produced falsehood.
You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you-- unless you believed to no purpose.
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.