QTVOTD: How do I use the Law the right way?

“…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 -> me: Today my reading was 1 Timothy 1:8-11.  Paul is laying out the purposes of the law for the two classes of people.  1) Those who are in fellowship with Christ Jesus through the acceptance of Him through faith that He died on the cross to pay for all our sin.  2) Those who are rebellious against God and others.  God created the Law before Jesus as way to give His children a way of identifying their sin.  In fact that law served as a way to hold sinners captive to a judgement they were due because of their willingness to sin.  In verse 8 Paul says ‘Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully’.  What the heck does that mean??!!??  I have spent quite a bit of time today researching this through scripture and the help of scholars and I believe I now have a good grasp.  Rather than talk about what the Law does for the non-believer lets talk about what we as Christians should do with the law.  In Romans 3 Paul says “by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” and then he says “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law”.  So what do we do if the Law is good but we should no longer be slave to the Law?  It means that the Law is no longer our means of justification.  That justification comes through faith in Christ alone.  So my focus, my whole being, should be to look first to Him for my salvation and justification…at the same time, the way I can use the law for the right purpose is to dwell on it (like it says in my life verses in Psalms 1:2) as a way to remember what Jesus has done for me.  I cannot use the law to win my salvation but I can use what the law represented in who I was before I met Jesus and use that to glorify His wonderful gospel all the more.  To remind myself of how much thanks and gratitude I owe Him for allowing me to die to that Law in order to live in HIS righteousness; a righteousness I did not earn and that I do not deserve.

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