16 yet we know that 1a person is not justifieda by works of the law 2but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, 3because by works of the law no one will be justified.
17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found 4to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!
18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
19 For through the law I 5died to the law, so that I might 6live to God.
20 I have been 7crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives 8in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, 9who loved me and 10gave himself for me.
21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for 11if righteousnessb were through the law, 12then Christ died for no purpose.