Today we’re starting 1 Timothy. – This is what God gave me today in his word:
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, (1 Timothy 1:8)
The law is good, if you use it lawfully. There’s an interesting statement. – The law he’s referring to is the law God gave to Moses; the one which required people to be circumcised etc. In other places (see Galatians 5:11 and Romans 6:14 on this) Paul talks about how ‘he no longer preaches circumcision’. He also talks about how we’re no longer under law but grace. So then, is the law still good and valid, or is it invalid, or is it somewhere in between? Right now, it seems like Paul may be contradicting himself.
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understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:9-10)
What I’ve said before I will say again: the law has been done away with, as much as a God-man nailed to a tree is dead. The law now serves only as a guide; as an example of what we’re unable to do. Meant to lead us to Jesus, because ‘he can’ (fyi, that’s an all-inclusive statement).
Sinners, the profane, liars, homosexuals. They are the ones who put themselves under the/a law. Why? People who are living in sin, need to reassure themselves that what they’re doing is right; need to rationalize it somehow… Surprise quiz: Do you feel a need to be reassured that something you’re doing is right? Assuming you do, why? Because you feel guilty about it? Because your just not sure? Paul tells us to examine ourselves; to make sure what we’re doing or going to do isn’t sin.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
And the reason we should test ourselves is because (assuming we pass the test) Christ does live in us. We are his temple, his sanctuary, the place and people he died for. – The point being this: the law is done away with for us. And to make sure we’re actually living under the law of liberty, we need to test ourselves and our motives for everything.
You are Loved!