“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16.
Based on recent reviews: How is a man justified? By the works of the law? No! But by the faith of Jesus Christ (Not ordinarily by faith in Jesus Christ). It was concluded with the help of Holy Spirit that our faith doesn’t justify us, except that it prompts/attracts the initial i.e. Result of Christ’s death-by which we are justified (strictly by the faith of Jesus Christ, Why? Because His death was an act of that faith in the whole).
And what is a result of being justified by Christ’s death, by “His” faith? The result is that “we have believed in Jesus Christ”. Our belief doesn’t justify us, “it is a result of our justification”- inwrought by the Holy Spirit. Note that “our belief brings us to an experimental knowledge of our justification before God subjectively in which God declares a sentence of justification in our hearts, yet it is God that justified us objectively in the Person of His Son, who shed His blood for His people”. And when Christ shed His blood for us the righteousness of God was unto all of us from that very moment, to be applied by the Spirit upon all of us when we believe, “even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all that believe: for there is no difference”. For we are justified, not by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. “…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” May God give us grace to both see the glory of His work in Christ, that work of faith by which He justified His people for ever, and believing, to walk by faith, looking unto Jesus, “the author and finisher of faith”. Amen! Shalom!