“1 Timothy 1:8-11”
Categories: 1 Timothy
“But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men, and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.”
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Quoting Marshall Patton from his Truth Commentary on the meaning of Paul’s statement in verse 9, “that law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious…”
“Law was primarily for the purpose of revealing the knowledge of sin and restraining wickedness…It is a matter of emphasizing truth by use of a strong negative, a common occurrence in the Scriptures. For example, Jesus said, ‘They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick’ (Matt. 9:12). This does not mean that ‘they that be whole’ do not need the counsel, warnings, and guidance of a physician in maintaining good health. Rather it means that primarily the purpose of the physician is to heal the sick. So it is with law. Its primary purpose is to reveal knowledge of sin and to turn the sinner from it. This does not mean, however, that the righteous man is without the beneficent blessing of counsel, warnings, and guidance in maintaining his righteousness. Remember, he is under law to God (1 Cor. 9:21). Again, Jesus said, ‘Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life’ (John 6:27). This does not preclude our laboring for physical food (Gen. 3:17-19; 2 Thess. 3:10), but it does obligate us to seek primarily spiritual food ‘which endureth unto everlasting life.”
Take a look at this short list of sins that God labels as lawlessness, rebellion and ungodliness. He groups liars in with murderers, homosexuals in with kidnappers. Within this list are sins that some people would consider to be “minor offenses” or merely “lifestyle choices”. In God’s eyes all sin is rebellion against Him and the sinner will incur His wrath unless he repents and turns from his lawless ways. Please don’t make excuses for your sins. Own up to them. Repent of them. Fight against the temptation to commit them. Confess them. Pray God for His forgiveness and for assistance to help you overcome them.
Please read 1 Timothy 1:12-17 for tomorrow.
Have a great day!
- Louie Taylor