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, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. 1 Timothy 1:8-11 NKJV
Have you ever noticed how we agree with the law when it’s catching “the bad guys”? But did you ever think you were a bad guy? Have you ever been caught by the law? (Ever get a speeding ticket?) Did you think the law was good when you were caught by it? Why is it when we’re caught by it, the law is not good but troublesome?
Today’s verse indicates the law is good when used lawfully. The purpose of the law is to expose wrong doing. If we were honest with ourselves, we would find wrong doing inside our hearts. While at first glance you might not see yourself in the list in today’s verse, but I ask you to take a closer look. We are insubordinate because we do not follow God’s commands. We are sinners as Romans 3:23 tells us. We even fall into the category about things which are contrary to sound doctrine. Really no one is exempt from the law.
I’ve heard it preached the Ten Commandments were given to point the way to Christ by getting the people to recognize they could not keep the commandments. If you study the Ten Commandments you will find you have not been able to keep them either. For this reason a Savior is needed, who can free us of the penalty of these commandments. Thank God, for His glorious plan of Salvation.
Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, came to earth, lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15) and chose to die on the cross to pay for our sins (Hebrews 9:7). God didn’t stop there. He even raised Christ again, to give us a new life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:4). Again, God didn’t stop at clearing the record against us. He, then gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us, which was the guarantee of His promises to us (2 Corinthians 1:22). He gave us everything we need to live godly lives until Christ returns to take us home. Of course, all of these wonderful things are available to everyone who puts their trust in Jesus Christ.
What an amazing God we have!
Lord, thank you for your law which exposes the wrong in us and points us to Christ our Savior. Thank you for not abandoning us, but saving us and equipping us for a new life in Christ Jesus. Enable us to live our lives holy and pleasing to do. In Jesus’ name Amen.
If you haven’t given your life to Jesus yet and you’d like to, just pray a simple prayer like this: Father God, I now understand I’m a sinner and need saving. Jesus please come into my life and save me. In Jesus’ name Amen. It’s that simple. You believe in your heart and confess with your mouth and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
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