Justified By Faith

The core of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that sinners are justified not
by works but by faith in Jesus Christ. “Works of the law” will not help
anyone become righteous. This is profoundly liberating, and yet very
threatening to the hearts of those who intellectually know this to be true.
Paul derides works-oriented hypocrisy, reminding us that we are made
right, not by human effort, but by faith in Christ Jesus, who gave
Himself for us sinners.