I do not reject the Grace of God, for if righteousness is by the written law, the Messiah died for nothing! Aramaic Bible in plain English, (also Jubilee Bible 2000)
I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness is through Law, then Christ died without cause. J. Green Interlinear Bible
Here is how other versions translate it;
I do not set aside the Grace of God; NIV, BSB, BLB, DBT, HCSB, NET BIBLE
I do not treat the Grace of God as meaningless NLT, WNT
I do not nullify the Grace of God; ESV, NASB, NAS 1977
I do not frustrate the Grace of God; KJV, LAKJV, WEBSTERS BIBLE T., YLT
I do not misapply the Grace of God; ISV
I do not make void the Grace of God; ASV, ERV, WEB
I cast not away the Grace of God; DOUMAY-RHEIMS BIBLE
The greek word is #114 in strong’s concordance; atheteó: to do away with what has been laid down, set aside
Original Word: ἀθετέω,Part of Speech: Verb, Transliteration: atheteó, Phonetic Spelling: (ath-et-eh'-o)
Short Definition: I annul,Definition: I annul, make of no effect, set aside, ignore, slight; I break faith with.
114 athetéō (literally, a-thetos, "un-place") – properly, do away with; reject what is already laid down; to set aside (disregard as spurious); nullify, make void; to break faith (Abbott-Smith); remove out of an appointed (proper) place, i.e. reject as invalid; refuse to respect (even "despise"); to cancel, disannul, abrogate (passive, "be set aside" because perceived to lack value); to disregard, pass over (refuse to acknowledge).
This word is used 16 times in the New Testament.
Mark 6:26 and having become deeply grieved, but because of the oaths and those reclining together, the king did not wish to REJECT her.
Mark 7:9 And He said to them, Well do you to SET ASIDE the commandment of God so that you may keep your tradition?
Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers SET ASIDE God's counsel as to themselves, not being baptized by him.
Luke 10:16 (4) The one hearing you hears Me, and the one REJECTING you also REJECTS Me, and the one REJECTING Me also REJECTS the One having sent Me.
John 12:48 the one who REJECTS me and does not receive My Words has that judging him: the Word which I spoke, that will judge him in the last Day.
1 Corinthians 1:19 for it has been written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will SET ASIDE the understanding of the understanding ones." Isa. 29:14
Galatians 2:21 I do not SET ASIDE the grace of God; for if righteousness is through Law, then Christ died without cause.
Galatians 3:15 Brothers, I speak according to man, a covenant having been ratified, even among mankind, no one SETS ASIDE or adds to it.
1 Thessalonians 4:8 (2) Therefore, the one that DESPISES does not DESPISE man, but God, even He giving His Holy Spirit to us.
1 Timothy 5:12 having guilt because they SET ASIDE the first faith;
Hebrews 10:28 If anyone did not REGARD the Law of Moses, that one dies without pities on "the word of two or three witnesses," Deut. 17:6
Jude 1:8 Likewise, indeed, also these dreaming ones even defile flesh, and DESPISE rulership, and speak evil of glories.
One way of salvation
God has set up one way for us to be saved and only one way. Jesus death on the cross for our sins is the acceptable sacrifice. God applies what his son has done for us by his Grace. There is no other way. Salvation is by the Grace of God. It is impossible to earn our salvation or to deserve it. Anyone trying is rejecting what God has set up. Even “mixing” grace and works/efforts or living by the law is rejecting God’s way and it will not work anyway. Here, God sacrificed his own son for us, for his own to thankfully accept this amazing grace gift, living thankful for God’s grace. Trying to earn our salvation or work for it or any returning to living by the law for our righteousness greatly displeases God and is in effect saying; “Christ died for nothing.”
In my view, the best way of saying the first part of Galatians 2:21 may be;
I accept (do not reject) the way God has set up my Salvation; Salvation is by his Grace and I am thankful.
And the second thing;
For if righteousness is through law, CHRIST DIED FOR NO PURPOSE.
To be continued.......