Purpose of the law

I Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be 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.

Paul said that the law wasn’t meant for the righteous. He then goes on to tell us that the law was for the opposite type of person. The law was for those outside the law, for the disobedient. The law was for the sinner and the ones far away from God. The law was given to the criminal. The law was for those that didn’t know God, didn’t live like they knew God and were far off from God.

That was the truth that came with the gospel that God committed to Paul. So often we misuse and misunderstand the law. We place it in our lives as a moral standard.

The beauty is that the external law written on stone tablets or paper is for the sinner. Those that are born again live with the Holy Spirit inside who writes His law on our hearts. We don’t hate the law but rather love it because it is the truth that took us to Jesus for salvation.

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