The Wrong Use of the Law [1 Timothy Pt. 3]

1 Timothy

Wrong Use of the Law

How does the Law relate to the Christian life? It is something that we strive after in the sense of obligation? Do we hold others in the Church to it as a duty? As Paul instructs Timothy on the subject in 1 Timothy this seems to out of the question.

1 Timothy 1:5-9  Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,  6  from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,  7  desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.  8  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,  9  knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

Apparently there were some trying to impose legal restrictions on the Believers in Ephesus. Paul says emphatically that is not what the Law is intended for. However, this does not give Christians the freedom to be lawless. It means that the command is not the motivation to obedience. He spells it out as he instructs the Romans on civil obedience.

Romans 13:8-10  Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.  9  For the commandments, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” “YOU SHALL NOT MURDER,” “YOU SHALL NOT STEAL,” “YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS,” “YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  10  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Our religion must be a proper response to the love and mercy of God which was shown to us when we absolutely did not deserve it. Love is the intended goal of the commandment from the Old Testament Law (Matthew 22:36-39) to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 13:34-35). When we impose legal sanctions on other believers we miss the Gospel and become the Pharisees who, ” bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers” (Matthew 23:4). Give a listen to the audio of the lesson and consider your religion in light of what the Apostle teaches Timothy.

The Wrong Use of the Law

In Christ!
Kevin

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