Galatians 2:17
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English Standard Version
But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!

King James Bible
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

American Standard Version
But if, while we sought to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is Christ a minister of sin? God forbid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners; is Christ then the minister of sin? God forbid.

English Revised Version
But if, while we sought to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is Christ a minister of sin? God forbid.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? By no means.

Weymouth New Testament
But if while we are seeking in Christ acquittal from guilt we ourselves are convicted of sin, Christ then encourages us to sin! No, indeed.

Galatians 2:17 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Are found (εὑρέθημεν)

More correctly, were found: were discovered and shown to be. See Romans 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:15; 2 Corinthians 5:3; Philippians 2:8; Philippians 3:9.

Sinners (ἁμαρτωλοί)

Like the Gentiles, Galatians 2:15. Paul assumes that this was actually the case: that, seeking to be justified in Christ, they were found to be sinners. To seek to be justified by Christ is an admission that there is no justification by works; that the seeker is unjustified, and therefore a sinner. The effort to attain justification by faith in Christ develops the consciousness of sin. It compels the seeker, whether Jew or Gentile, to put himself upon the common plane of sinners. The Jew who calls the Gentile a sinner, in seeking to be justified by faith, finds himself a sinner also. The law has failed him as a justifying agency. But Paul is careful to repudiate the false inference from this fact, stated in what immediately follows, namely, that Christ is a minister of sin.

Minister of sin

A promoter of sin by causing us to abandon the law.

God forbid (μὴ γένοιτο)

See on Romans 3:4. Not a reply merely to the question "is Christ a minister of sin?" but to the whole supposition from "if while we seek." The question is not whether Christ is in general a minister of sin, but whether he is such in the case supposed. Paul does not assume that this false inference has been drawn by Peter or the other Jewish Christians.

Galatians 2:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

while.

Romans 9:30-33 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness...

Romans 11:7 What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the election has obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

are found.

Galatians 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

Romans 6:1,2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound...

1 John 3:8-10 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested...

is.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers:

2 Corinthians 3:7-9 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious...

Hebrews 7:24-28 But this man, because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood...

Hebrews 8:2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

God. See on

Romans 3:4,6 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings...

Cross References
Luke 20:16
He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Surely not!"

Galatians 2:15
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;

Galatians 3:21
Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.

Galatians 6:14
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

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