Acts 13:39
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New International Version
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

New Living Translation
Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God--something the law of Moses could never do.

English Standard Version
and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Berean Study Bible
Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the Law of Moses.

Berean Literal Bible
And in Him everyone believing is justified from all things from which you were not able to be justified in the Law of Moses.

New American Standard Bible
and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

King James Bible
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything that you could not be justified from through the law of Moses.

International Standard Version
and that everyone who believes in him is justified and freed from everything that kept you from being justified by the Law of Moses.

NET Bible
and by this one everyone who believes is justified from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify you.

New Heart English Bible
and by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all who believe in This One are justified of all things from which you cannot be justified by the law of Moses.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, everyone who believes in Jesus receives God's approval.

New American Standard 1977
and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and in him all that believe are justified from all the things from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

King James 2000 Bible
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

American King James Version
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

American Standard Version
and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In him every one that believeth, is justified.

Darby Bible Translation
and from all things from which ye could not be justified in the law of Moses, in him every one that believes is justified.

English Revised Version
and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Webster's Bible Translation
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Weymouth New Testament
and in Him every believer is absolved from all offences, from which you could not be absolved under the Law of Moses.

World English Bible
and by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Young's Literal Translation
and from all things from which ye were not able in the law of Moses to be declared righteous, in this one every one who is believing is declared righteous;
Study Bible
In Pisidian Antioch
38Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the Law of Moses. 40Watch out, then, that what was spoken by the prophets does not happen to you:…
Cross References
Acts 10:43
All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name."

Romans 3:20
Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin.

Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Romans 8:3
For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. He thus condemned sin in the flesh,

Romans 10:4
Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.

Galatians 2:16
know that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law, because by works of the Law no one will be justified.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the Law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Treasury of Scripture

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

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Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: …

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the …

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than …

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

Romans 3:24-30 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is …

Romans 4:5-8,24 But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the …

Romans 5:1,9 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Romans 8:1,3,30-34 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth …

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen …

from which.

Job 9:20 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am …

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that …

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight …

Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the …

Luke 10:25,28 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Romans 7:9-11 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, …

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not …

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

Galatians 2:16,19 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

Galatians 3:10-12,21-25 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

Galatians 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is …

Philippians 3:6-9 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better …

Hebrews 9:9,10 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered …

Hebrews 10:4,11 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should …

(39) And by him.--Literally, in Him, as the sphere in which forgiveness was found, rather than as the instrument through whom it came.

All that believe are justified.--Literally, with a more individualising touch, every one that believeth is justified. The latter verb is not found elsewhere in the Acts. It is interesting to note in this, the first recorded example of St. Paul's teaching, the occurrence of the word which, as time passed on, came to be almost identified with him and with his work. It is clearly used, as interpreted by the "forgiveness of sins" in the context, in its forensic sense, as meaning "acquitted," "declared not guilty." (Comp. Note on Matthew 12:37.)

From which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.--The words are full of meaning, as the germ of all that was most characteristic in St. Paul's later teaching. The Law, with its high standard of righteousness (Romans 7:12), its demand of entire obedience, its sacrifices which bore witness to the burden of sin, yet had no power to liberate conscience from its thraldom (Hebrews 8:1-3), had taught him that its function in the spiritual life of man was to work out the knowledge of sin (Romans 7:7), not to emancipate men from it. The sense of freedom from guilt, and therefore of a true life, was to be found, as he had learnt by his own experience, through faith in Christ. "The just by faith shall live" (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11).

Verse 39. - Every one that believeth is for all that believe are, A.V. Here, then, is the great gospel message of grace, "the gospel of the grace of God," as St. Paul speaks in Acts 20:24; the proclamation, consequent upon the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, of a free and full forgiveness of sins to all that repent and believe the gospel (Acts 20:21); see Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 4:12; Acts 5:31; Colossians 1:14, etc., and Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:77. Note, too, how adroitly the apostle points out the superiority of the gospel which he was preaching to them over the Law, and the pre-eminence of Christ over Moses. And by him all that believe are justified from all things,.... Christ, as God, is not only the justifier of his people, who pronounces them righteous in the sight of God; but his righteousness imputed to them is the matter of their justification, or that by which they are justified; and not the works of the law, or obedience to the Gospel, or internal holiness, either in whole or in part, or the grace of faith, but the object of it, Christ, and his righteousness: and justification by this is complete and perfect; it is from all sin, original and actual, secret and open, greater or lesser sins; sins of presumption and ignorance, of omission or commission; from all things the law can charge with, as breaches of it; from all things which the justice of God can demand satisfaction for; and from all things that Satan, or a man's own conscience, can justly accuse him of. And those that believe in Christ with the heart unto righteousness, are openly and manifestly justified in their own consciences, and can claim their interest in it, and have the comfort of it, as well as they were before secretly justified in the mind of God, and in their head and representative Jesus Christ. And from all sin these are justified of God, as Beza's ancient copy reads, "for it is God that justifies", Romans 8:33 against whom men have sinned, and whose law they have violated, and whose justice they have affronted, by reason of which they are liable to condemnation; but God justifies them, by imputing the righteousness of his Son to them, in which he views them as without fault, unblamable and irreprovable; and though all men are not justified, yet many are; even all the seed of Israel, all the elect of God, everyone that believes in Christ, as all do who are ordained to eternal life; Christ's righteousness is imputed and applied to all these, and therefore they shall never enter into condemnation, but shall be acquitted and discharged from all things,

from which, it is added,

ye could not be justified by the law of Moses; that is, by the works of the law, or by obedience to it, because such obedience is imperfect; and therefore the law cannot justify, discharge, and acquit upon it, but instead thereof, must curse and condemn; as it does everyone, that does not do all things commanded in the law, and in the manner that requires; besides, if righteousness was hereby, the grace of God in justification would be frustrated, the death of Christ would be rendered null and void, and boasting would not be excluded; all which are contrary to the scheme of the Gospel. It may be observed, that pardon of sin and justification are two distinct blessings, or the apostle must be guilty of a great tautology; since having spoken of forgiveness of sin in the preceding verse, he speaks of justification in this, as another blessing enjoyed by and through Christ, and published in the Gospel, styled therefore the word and ministration of righteousness. And indeed they are distinct; in pardon the man is considered as a sinner, in justification as a righteous man; pardon takes away his sin, justification gives him a righteousness; pardon frees from punishment, but justification besides that gives him a title to eternal life; to pardon, the blood of Christ is sufficient; but to justification are required the holiness of Christ's nature, the perfect obedience of his life, as well as his suffering of death; moreover, justification passed on Christ as the head and representative of his people, but not pardon; he may be said to be justified, but not pardoned: these two blessings make a considerable figure in the ministry of the word. 39. by him all that believe are justified from all things—The sense requires that a pause in the sentence be made here: "By him the believer is absolved from all charges of the law." What follows,

from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses—is not an exceptional but an explanatory clause. The meaning is not, "Though the law justifies from many things, it cannot justify from all things, but Christ makes up all deficiencies"; but the meaning is, "By Christ the believer is justified from all things, whereas the law justifies from nothing." (Note.—The deeper sense of justification, the positive side of it, is reserved for the Epistles, addressed to the justified themselves: and whereas it is the resurrection of Christ here, and throughout the Acts chiefly, which is dwelt on, because the first thing in order to bring peace to the guilty through Christ was to establish His Messiahship by His resurrection, in the Epistles to believers His death as the way of reconciliation is fully unfolded).13:38-41 Let all that hear the gospel of Christ, know these two things: 1. That through this Man, who died and rose again, is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. Your sins, though many and great, may be forgiven, and they may be so without any injury to God's honour. 2. It is by Christ only that those who believe in him, and none else, are justified from all things; from all the guilt and stain of sin, from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses. The great concern of convinced sinners is, to be justified, to be acquitted from all their guilt, and accepted as righteous in God's sight, for if any is left charged upon the sinner, he is undone. By Jesus Christ we obtain a complete justification; for by him a complete atonement was made for sin. We are justified, not only by him as our Judge but by him as the Lord our Righteousness. What the law could not do for us, in that it was weak, the gospel of Christ does. This is the most needful blessing, bringing in every other. The threatenings are warnings; what we are told will come upon impenitent sinners, is designed to awaken us to beware lest it come upon us. It ruins many, that they despise religion. Those that will not wonder and be saved, shall wonder and perish.
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